DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki’s list of concerns does not include a trash-talking trade inquiry from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey this summer.
Owner Mark Cuban informed Nowitzki of Morey’s presumably sarcastic text message at the time, which was hours after Dwight Howard decided to sign with Houston over the Mavs and other suitors. Nowitzki, who has a no-trade clause and has made it clear that he intends to play his entire career for the Mavs, hadn’t really given the subject a lot of thought until he was asked about it Friday night following Cuban’s pregame revelation to the media.
“I wasn’t really worried about it much, to be honest,” Nowitzki said after the Mavs improved to 9-4—a game ahead of Houston in the West standings – with a 103-93 win over the Utah Jazz. “I guess it stays longer in Cuban’s mind. To me, it was kind of in and out.
“We were frustrated at the time, but I think then we did some great moves, signing Jose [Calderon] first and then [Monta] and the rest of the gang. So I didn’t even think twice about it and then kind of moved along my way. I guess Cubes doesn’t forget that easy.”
Dalembert’s dandy: Center Samuel Dalembert scored a season-high 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked two shots and made all eight of his shots from the floor.
“I just saw that,” Dalembert said when asked about his perfect shooting percentage. “I was surprised, too.”
It marked the most field goal attempts for Dalembert in a game without a miss in his career. He twice was 7-of-7 from the floor during his Philadelphia tenure.
Ouch: Dalembert was wincing and holding his side when he left the floor in the final minute of the game. He took an inadvertent elbow to the ribs from Utah center Enes Kanter.
Dalembert iced his ribs, which were already tender from an elbow a few games ago, for several minutes after the game. He said he’ll wear a padded vest for Saturday night’s game in Denver.
“I tried to go out there like Robocop,” Dalembert joked. “I’m going to wear a pad next game. I learned my lesson.”