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Dirk Nowitzki needs to take backseat

Mavericks need new leading man so aging star can embrace supporting role

Updated: May 8, 2012, 11:50 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Pick whichever side you want on the Dirk Nowitzki vs. Father Time debate, but Charles Barkley makes one point that is pretty tough to argue against.

It's not realistic to continue counting on Nowitzki, who turns 34 next month, to be "The Man" on an otherwise starless championship contender.

Really, it's miraculous that the Dallas Mavericks reached the NBA mountaintop last summer with Nowitzki as the only All-Star on the roster. A lone-star team has broken through about ...

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