For the third time in four years, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks will watch the second round of the NBA's postseason instead of playing in it.
Another early exit has the blogosphere and NBA community abuzz about what the franchise's German star might do in the wake of another botched title run.
Should he stay or should he go?
Can he win a title with a team guided by proactive but intrusive owner Mark Cuban?
A die-hard fan's passion and deep pockets give the Mavs' boss an edge.
Cuban will spend until he finds the right combination.
He also meddles to the point where his enthusiasm inhibits player development and some necessary goodbyes.
The Spurs ousted the Mavs in six games and inquiring minds want to know: will Nowitzki opt out of his contract, and/or will he say "adios" to the team that made him a star?
Don't bet on it.
Here are five reasons the front of Nowitzki's uniform will still say "Dallas" when the 2010-2011 season tips off in late October.