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Dirk lobbied for DeShawn Stevenson

Updated: June 1, 2011, 12:05 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- Defensive-minded Dallas Mavericks guard DeShawn Stevenson, whose role ramped up in the Western Conference finals, owes his last-minute return to the starting lineup to a second campaign job from his two sure-fire Hall of Fame teammates.

Stevenson said Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd lobbied coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban late in the season to re-insert the rugged, 6-foot-5 veteran into the starting lineup for the playoffs over struggling second-year guard Rodrigue Beaubois.

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