Nowitzki expected tougher second season for Doncic

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Giannis Askounis

02/Dec/19 09:30

Dirk Nowitzki plans to stay retired, praises former teammate Luka Doncic.

By John Askounis/

Recently retired Dirk Nowitzki watched Luka Doncic lead the Dallas Mavericks to victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday. His team of 21 years halted the winning streak previously held by the hosts with the 20-year-old Slovenian adding on his impressive 2019-20 Regular Season run so far.

“I got to be honest, I thought he would have a tougher transition here in year two,” said Nowitzki, USA Today relays, “Just because he was so phenomenal last year with all the triple-doubles, I thought people were really going to hone in on him. But he seemed to have gotten even better. I guess I was wrong. Even the experts can be wrong. He’s looking fantastic.”

The Lakers played a tribute video for Nowitzki prior to the contest. “I had no idea the Lakers were going to do that,” he confessed, “I’m super honored and humbled.”

Jokingly asked if he’s planning to come out of retirement, stressed: “Oh man. I wish. But my foot is not great. My health is not there anymore where it needs to be to compete and go up and down every day.”

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