- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Nowitzki had his streak of 11 consecutive All-Star appearances snapped last season, when he missed 29 games and averaged 17.3 points, his fewest since his rookie year in 1998-99, and the Mavs failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999-2000. However, Cuban considers the down year to be an aberration that can be attributed to the arthroscopic knee surgery Nowitzki underwent in October and the Mavs’ subpar point guard play.
“If there’s one missing piece between what everyone is saying and what we’re doing, everybody, I think, has dismissed Dirk, like Dirk is done and he’s on the downside and he can’t play anymore and he’s not the type of contributor that he was,” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company.