Thursday, February 9, 2012
Dirk Nowitzki gets 11th All-Star nod
By Jeff Caplan
Dirk Nowitzki said his sluggish start wasn’t deserving of an 11th consecutive All-Star selection. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and the majority of his Western Conference counterparts disagreed with the reigning Finals MVP.
Despite posting some of his lowest numbers since his rookie season while being hobbled by a sore right knee, Nowitzki was announced Thursday as one of seven reserves for the West squad and will be the lone representative for the defending champs.
The Mavs avoided the distinction of becoming the first reigning champion in NBA history not to be represented in the mid-season showcase. The first All-Star game was played in 1951 and no team without an All-Star selection has ever gone on to win the championship.