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Two weeks to training camp... Dirk Nowitzki can kill your dreams a million ways

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, wipes his face before shooting a foul shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 30, 2012. Oklahoma City won 102-99. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to.

The angles Dirk Nowitzki uses out of the step-back should not be humanly possible. He’s throwing it straight at the rim at times, from seven feet to start with. It just should not work, but not only does he do it, he does it at an insane level of efficiency. Nowitzki had a down year, but so much of that can be pinned on the schedule last season and not getting his training in. There’s every reason to think that no matter how the new-look Mavericks do, we’re going to see more of the killer jumper and one of the best scorers, yeah, I’ll say it, in NBA history.