Dirk Nowitzki doesn't want many All-Star minutes

Is Dirk Nowitzki excited for the All-Star Game or what?!

“Uh,” Nowitzki said before a pregnant pause, “yeah.”

Can’t beat that kind of enthusiasm, huh?

Nowitzki appreciates the West coaches respecting him enough to vote for him to be invited to his 11th consecutive All-Star Game, although he continues to acknowledge that there were more deserving candidates at the time the reserves were selected. Nowitzki also admits that he wouldn’t have minded getting the long weekend off.

“I mean, it’s tough, especially since we have nine games in 12 days coming up,” Nowitzki said. “But I think the good thing is we’ve got a lot of young guys on the team -- [LaMarcus] Aldridge first time, [Kevin] Love second time, Blake [Griffin] first time. Those guys are out there on the floor to play. I think I’m going to play spot minutes. I’m going to make the best of it and have a fun weekend down there.”

Yes, Nowitzki is pretty much lobbying to sit on the pine. He has averaged about 19 minutes in his previous 10 All-Star appearances and would be just fine if that total is cut in half.

“For sure,” Nowitzki said.