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Dirk Nowitzki talked to the media and was optimistic for the Dallas Mavericks ahead of the new season, while also praising Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan.

Here is what the 2011 NBA Champion said:

On Luka Doncic: “Obviously we’ve put a lot in Luka’s basket, so hopefully he’s going to develop nicely. I think he’s got all the tools. He’s smart, he’s already got a great basketball IQ for 19 years old. So hopefully he’s going to bring a lot to the table.”

On DeAndre Jordan: “I think DeAndre should be great for what we do for our system. When you’re in coach system, his position (center) has a great roll presence, a great rim presence on both ends.

He’s a runner, he’s a rim protector, he’s a roller, he finishes as high above the rim as anyone, he might even be the best at that in the league. We’re really looking forward to start working with him.”

On the Mavs’ target ahead of the new season: “I think for us that was a little tough last year to kind of have a tough schedule in November last year and then to pile the losses up on a younger team, so that was just a little frustrating.

So hopefully we can get a little energy going and get everybody excited and positive about the team and then hopefully play well. I think we should be a lot better than last year. That’s not a secret.”