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Dirk Nowitzki: 'Not scared' of West

Updated: January 27, 2012, 2:55 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- As far as Dirk Nowitzki is concerned, the road out of the Western Conference still runs through Dallas.

The defending NBA champion Mavericks might not be a popular pick after remodeling their roster due to financially motivated decisions, but their superstar believes they're still the team to beat despite some early-season struggles.

"I haven't seen one team in the West that I'm scared of," Nowitzki said. "I really haven't. I think we can compete with all of them.

"Oklahoma ...

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