Dirk Nowitzki was the MVP of the Mavericks, the Finals, and by most accounts the NBA's best player in the entire playoffs.
But to Nowitzki, the MVP of his team was the new guy, veteran center Tyson Chandler. A few weeks after the excitement of winning it all, Chandler is relaxing at home, and considering the lockout, which coincides with the first unrestricted free agency of his career.
In late June, after the title, the Mavericks had a period when they could have negotiated a new contract with you before the lockout. What happened?
We talked about getting something done before the lockout, but it just didn't happen. ... we were so far apart, we might as well not have even met.