Charles Barkley: Dirk's days of being the man are over

February, 2, 2012
2/02/12
5:17
PM CT
Charles Barkley dishes on Dirk Nowitzki's recent struggles and says Father Time is catching up with him.

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On Dirk's decline:

Dirk's getting old bro. Father Time is undefeated. You know, Dirk's been a great great player for a long time and he's been in the playoffs pretty much every year. Father Time is catching up with him.

That's the way it happens, you drop off the face of the earth. His days of being the man are over. I hate to break it to you. I lived it. When you're a great player it hits you quicker, too, more than anybody because you have further to fall. You can be a guy like who's a good solid player and you can hide it for a couple years, but when you're a great player you have further to fall.

On the Mavs' chances this season:

Mavericks aren't going to win the championship bro, it's over. They can't beat Oklahoma City, I don't think they can beat Denver or Portland, cause those are the three best teams I've seen in the West all year. They are too old and too slow. Losing Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson really killed them.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9