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Dirk Nowitzki: “Players forcing their way out is not the way to go”

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The NBA saw a shift from being the league where the owners used to make all the moves into being a player’s league. Anthony Davis, James Harden, Ben Simmons are just a few recent examples of players forcing their teams to trade them.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki thinks that there should be a middle ground instead of swings from one extreme to another. The former NBA champion entered the league when the players felt that they did not have enough power but according to him, now it is almost completely opposite which is not healthy either.

Via Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated:

“It’s definitely new,” Dirk Nowitzki said on SI’s Crossover podcast. “We always felt like we the players didn’t have enough power at the beginning of my career (in 1998), and the owners had all the power, could make all the moves. And now it’s almost shifting like a little bit too much. I think there should be like a happy medium. But now the players forcing themselves out, to me is not the way to go, either.”

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