"We've got some drivers, we've got some shooters, we've got some playmakers, we've got some defenders," Nowitzki said during media day Monday, the eve of training camp. "Hopefully we can all make it work and mesh."
Nowitzki is getting used to a pair of new guard for the second straight year. He didn't get much of a chance to work with Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo in camp last year because his right knee acted up and eventually required arthroscopic surgery.
The 11-time All-Star and 2006 MVP hesitates to declare himself healthy because the knee problem arose suddenly after camp started. But he does say he feels better than he has in a year.
"He's had a phenomenally conscientious summer with his workouts," coach Rick Carlisle said. "There are never any guarantees with health, but he's done everything that you can do to put yourself in position to have a good year that way."
If he stays healthy, Nowitzki figures finding a comfort level with Calderon, his point guard, and Ellis will be easy.
"I'd say it's pretty easy to get used to me," Nowitzki said. "You know what I'm going to do. I'm going to pick and pop. I'm going to face up on the post, shoot. And that's really it. And I need some help defensively. Everybody knows that."
All those pieces were in Plan B for Dallas.
Notes: The Mavericks signed F Renaldo Balkman, putting their training camp roster at 20 players. Balkman was the 20th pick in 2006 by New York. He last played in the NBA in 2012 with the Knicks after a stint in Denver.
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