Dirk Nowitzki on coming off the bench: “It’s all about winning at the end of the day”

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Dirk Nowitzki will likely come off the bench this season, however he has no problem with that.

The 40-year-old power forward/center told reporters on Friday that he knew he would come off the bench, when the Dallas Mavericks acquired DeAndre Jordan.

“When we signed DeAndre, it was pretty much clear in my head that I’m coming off the bench,” Nowitzki said.

“It’s all about winning, at the end of the day. Whatever puts us in the best position to win is what we’re going to roll with, and coach Carlisle has obviously shown over his time here that he’s willing to try anything,” he added.

The Mavs’ coach, Rick Carlisle, stated he plans to start with Jordan.

“It’s pretty obvious at this point — and Dirk knows this, and we’ve talked about it — that we have to move the franchise forward the right way,” the experienced coach mentioned.

Nowitzki has come off the bench only 31 times in his previous 20 NBA seasons.