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Mavs’ Nowitzki Will Approach Retirement ‘Year-by-Year’

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(Mavericks forward Dirk) Nowitzki was quick to say that his signing a two-year deal earlier in the summer is no indication that he will play these two seasons on his new deal and then retire, or that he’ll play both of those seasons in their entirety no matter what.

Instead, he said it will all depend on how his body feels. Dirk is 38 and knows that as players approach the big 40 in any sport that all those years of wear-and-tear can finally exact a huge toll, so instead of saying he will hang up his sneakers in a few years, he’s taking more of a wait-and-see attitude about the twilight of his tenure in the Association.

“I always said I wanted to kind of take it year-by-year. Signing a two-year deal doesn’t mean I necessarily have to play those two years. I think we’ll see how next year goes, how the body responds and then we’ll make that decision again next year,” Nowitzki said. “But obviously, I would love to play the next two years and then just see how it goes.”

Source: Stephen Hunt of Today’s Fastbreak

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Sources: Kevin Love Takes Heat from Cavs Over Absence

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The Cleveland Cavaliers held a fiery team meeting in the practice facility locker room prior to Monday’s practice, during which several players challenged the legitimacy of Kevin Love’s illness that led him to leave Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City early and miss Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN.

Several players were pushing for the Cavaliers’ management and coaching staff to hold Love accountable for leaving the arena before the end of Saturday’s game, and then missing Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Kawhi’s Rehab Process Creating Chilling Effect on Team

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Months of discord centering on elements of treatment, rehabilitation and timetables for return from a right quadriceps injury have had a chilling impact on San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard’s relationship with the franchise and coaching staff, league sources told ESPN.

Under president and coach Gregg Popovich and general manager RC Buford, the Spurs have a two-decades-long history of strong relationships with star players, but multiple sources describe Leonard and his camp as “distant” and “disconnected” from the organization.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright of ESPN

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Doc Rivers Thinks All-Star Game Draft Should be Televised

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes the NBA should expand its All-Star rosters to 15 players on each side. “I wish the league would go to 15,” Rivers said, prior to Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “Whatever we dress [in regular games], we should have All-Stars.”

Rivers, like many players, coaches and fans also believes that the upcoming All-Star Game draft between captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry should be televised. As an added bonus, Rivers also believes that the league’s coaches’ vote should be made public as well.

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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