Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

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He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today:

NBA_nowitzki2_250.jpgHe will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com).

“I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,” Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new team with new conditions and I want to set my focus on the next NBA season this summer.”

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been a fan of his players spending their summers playing for national teams, then coming into the NBA season a little drained. With the Mavericks, they need a fully rested team to make a run at the Lakers, and that is not a big window (Nowitzki is 32).

Nowitzki did say he would play for Germany next summer as it tries to qualify for the Olympics.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.