Dirk Nowitzki opens up about the downfall of Avery Johnson

On the eve of opening training camp, it didn’t take long for Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki to give his views on former coach Avery Johnson’s handling of last years’ team.

In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Nowitzki felt Johnson’s regimented style and lack of offensive creativity were the chief reasons for the Mavericks troubled 2007-08 season. He was optimistic the offense would open up with the acquisition of Jason Kidd from New Jersey, but it never materialized down the home stretch of the regular season.

Nowitzki is excited about playing for new coach Rick Carlisle, as the two have communicated over the summer about implementing a uptempo offense for this coming season. He was noncommittal on his plans after his contract expires in the 2010-11 season.

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