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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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76ers’ Joel Embiid Listed as Doubtful for Game 3 in Miami

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All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.

The series is tied 1-1, and Embiid has missed both games.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Cavs’ Love Suffers Torn Ligament in Thumb, Will Play in Game 3

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb in Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” in Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. X-rays taken after the game came back negative. The Cavs won 100-97 to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Knicks to Interview Kenny Smith for Head-Coaching Job

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TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Smith, who played from 1987 to 1997 with six NBA teams, has never coached in the NBA.

Source: ESPN

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