DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will learn within a few hours whether he is one of the seven Western Conference reserves named to this year's NBA All-Star team.
Nowitzki said he'll be fine with the decision, whatever it may be.
"Either way it's going to be great,'' Nowitzki said after Thursday's practice at American Airlines Center. "If I don’t go I'm going to enjoy some time away from hoops.
"And if I go, then I'll represent this franchise the right way like I always have, and enjoy my time there and that's really it. I'm fine either way.''
Nowitzki played in 11 straight All-Star games before missing out on the festivities last season.
"Relaxing was great last year,'' Nowitzki said. "I went to the beach, worked on my tan last year, so that was good.
"But it was my first year last year away from it. Even my first couple of years when I wans't an All-Star I went there, I represented the Mavs in the 3-point contest, I played in the rooke transition game my first year.''
In other words, Nowitzki has been synonymous with the All-Star game for virtually his entire 16-year career.
"Really, I've been going every year,'' he said. "It was kind of like a routine, so last year was kind of weird not to go because I went my whole career.
"It was a nice little changeup last year. But if I go (this year), then I’ll go.''
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