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4 Reasons Dirk Nowitzki Could Take New Dallas Mavericks to the Playoffs
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
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After Dirk Nowitzki's turbulent year last season, many skeptics can't quite see it, but he is in prime position to lead this new Mavericks team to the playoffs.

Not to make excuses for his bad 2011-12 campaign, but the hangover from winning the championship coupled with the lockout appeared to hinder Dirk's conditioning. 

We all remember the impromptu midseason boot camp he put himself through to try and right the ship, but it just wasn't meant to be.

Nowitzki appears to have learned from his offseason mistakes from a year ago.

The 34-year-old star has some encouraging words for fans, as he told the Dallas Mavericks Blog in an email interview.

“I tried to keep in shape all summer long so that it would not be hard to pick up my usual training routine,” Nowitzki said in an email interview. “I feel great. My knees feel fine, and that’s important. I am ready to go.”

Let's look at why Dirk will take this new Mavs squad to the playoffs this season.

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