Dirk Nowitzki should take All-Star break

Mavs leader worthy of honor, but he should rest and let an NBA young gun step in

Updated: January 25, 2011, 2:24 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Don't mistake this for criticism of Dirk Nowitzki.

The face of the Dallas Mavericks' franchise is in the midst of what might be the most efficient offensive season of his surefire Hall of Fame career. He deserved mention as an MVP front-runner before suffering a sprained right knee … and the Mavs' miserable performance in nine games without him arguably made his case even stronger.

It's just that everybody would be better off if Nowitzki's streak of All-Star Games ...

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