Well, he had his first this season and it's a pretty safe bet that as long as Jason Kidd is healthy, Dirk Nowitzki won't have another triple-double. It's hard to imagine Dirk getting double-figure assists with Kidd on the floor.
Early in the season, Dirk actually was ahead of Devin Harris for the team lead in assists, although Devin finally got the lead and held it. Harris left for New Jersey leading the Mavericks in assists with 5.3. Dirk averages 4.0
Kidd averages 10.4, more than Harris and Dirk combined.
So it seemed appropriate to ask Dirk if he officially had given up his quest to lead Dallas in assists. He broke into a big smile and said of Kidd:
"I'll let him get all the assists he wants. "I think my job goes back to putting the ball in the basket now."
-- Jan Hubbard