Mark Cuban on why Mavericks kept Dirk Nowitzki, why Celtics traded Paul Pierce

Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks
Mark Cuban and the Mavericks chose to keep their franchise player, in Dirk Nowitzki, for the long haul. Credit: Getty Images

They were drafted in consecutive spots back in 1998, and their careers followed similar paths.

Paul Pierce won his lone championship in 2008, and was named Finals MVP. Dirk Nowitzki won his lone championship in 2011, and he too was named Finals MVP.

But Pierce can no longer call himself a Celtics lifer. Celtics GM Danny Ainge traded him in a mega-deal to jumpstart a rebuilding effort last summer. Nowitzki will not suffer the same fate as Pierce. Mavs owner Mark Cuban is dead-set on making sure Nowitzki retires in Dallas.

As the defending champions in 2012, the Mavs snuck into the postseason as the No. 7 seed. Last season, they failed to make the playoffs. Like Boston, they seemed to be stuck in mediocrity – exactly where you don’t want to be in the NBA. But Cuban wasn’t ready to blow things up, although he doesn’t fault the C’s for doing so by trading Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

“Every organization has got to make their own decision,” Cuban told Metro Boston. “And Paul is fine. He’s moved on, right? And the Celtics did what they felt was right. If it was easy everybody would do it. There are no easy decisions like that in this business. The Celtics are a great organization, just look up at the banners. So it’s hard to question them.”

Now, Ainge must figure out which players are going to be in it for the long haul. Everybody knows what Rajon Rondo can do. And it now looks like a healthy Jared Sullinger is something special. Are those guys capable of taking the torch from Pierce and KG and maintaining that “Celtic Pride?”

For Cuban, keeping Nowitzki has just as much to do with his skill as it does his overall meaning to the organization.

“I can’t speak from the Celtics perspective at all, but from my perspective, culture is one of the most important things to develop as a team,” Cuban said. “Dirk is the continuity for our culture. So I’d rather give up something – when you blow it up you never know what direction your culture is going to go.”

Nowitzki is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Both sides expect him back. Not only that, Nowitzki will have some say in the offseason plans. Pierce didn’t have that luxury in the end.

“Well he’s involved in that process,” Cuban said of Nowitzki. “He’s not going to watch, he’s going to be part of it. The whole goal is to win another championship and that’s his goal so he understands what’s involved in doing that.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Local

African couple claiming misidentification in robbery case to…

At a bail hearing today for Vickson and Lorfu Korlewala, charged in the robbery of an 80-year-old woman, bail was reduced from $1 million total to $500,000.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.