Everybody is still coming down pretty hard on Dirk Nowitzki, but I think a key fact is being forgotten here.
when you look at the mavs' roster, he is the only player who commands a double-team, which is, for the most part, the truest test of a player's stature and ability.
think about players who command double-teams: dirk, tim duncan, lebron, kobe, wade, shaq in his prime, etc. the champions of that group played with other players who commanded doubles or, at the very least, extra attention.
but no coach in the league is scheming to shut down josh howard. that's because random all-stars such as howard, mehmet okur, caron butler, etc., occupy a level way below truly elite players.
so, if you really want to see dirk shine, give him another play who opposing coaches have to scheme for. then watch him shine.
-- joe garza, mavs lite