Dirk Nowitzki: ‘Money and Winning’ More Important Than Loyalty for Today’s NBA Stars

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It’s not often you will run into an NBA star who has spent his entire career with one team, but Dirk Nowitzki is definitely on that very short list of players who has. Whether it’s still being able to play at a high level or his relationship with the owner, Dirk has never felt the need to leave Dallas.

You’d be hard pressed to find anybody with 10 years of experience in the league that hasn’t switched teams at least once. The Dallas Mavericks forward believes that type of loyalty to a franchise is rare nowadays, and he thinks he knows why.

During an interview with SirusXM NBA Radio, Nowitzki said that “making money and winning” are way more important than loyalty for today’s NBA stars.


“I think I’m old school. I think a lot of the stars now are obviously younger, and the business has changed a bit.” […]

“The new NBA is a little different. It’s about making money and winning and not as much about being loyal anymore.”

I mean, he’s not lying, but given the opportunity to save money or to avoid having to a pay a player in a contract year, teams will move pieces as they see fit for the betterment of the franchise. For example, just look at what happened with Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics. After all Thomas gave for the franchise last season, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers because the Celtics didn’t want to pay him top-dollar after his contract ends next season.

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