Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki on Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saying his team should tank the rest of the season: "I think you cannot really play to lose in this league. I've been around too long. We're all competitors. I think the young guys, when you're out there, you've got to compete. If you don't, you lose market value. You might get hurt. There are all these things that can happen if you don't play your minutes hard. That's my advice to all the young guys -- play your minutes hard, get better and whatever happens, happens. I think players never play to lose in this league. It might happen, but we don't play for it. I still love to compete. That's one big reason why I'm still out here -- because I enjoy being out there and playing against some of these guys that are half my age and trying to be out there and help the guys win or help the guys get better or improve and use my experience. I'll never stand for losing on purpose. That's not who I am."