NEW YORK -- Dirk Nowitzki said things looked kind of awkward when the Dallas Mavericks played the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.
That's because the Knicks' starting center is Tyson Chandler. Yes, the same Tyson Chandler who teammed with Nowitzki to help the Mavs win last year's NBA title.
"It was weird,'' said Nowitzki, who poured in a season-high 34 points during the Mavs' 104-97 loss to the Knicks. "We had dinner last night, and it was great seeing him.
"Obviously we miss him. He's a great guy, a great locker room guy and just a warrior.''
Chandler finished the ame with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 35 minutes. In other words, he the damage he did to the Mavs on Sunday was some of the some damage he did last year for the Mavs.
"He helped us win a championship and he's part of the (Mavs) family for the rest of our lives, and it was definitely great seeing him,'' Nowitzki said. "He's a competitor and I wish him luck.
"It's going to be great when he comes to Dallas (on Mar. 6) and receive his ring. I think he's going to get a great welcome back by the fans, because he deserves it and he was part of why we won last year.''
-- Dwain Price
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