Bumped from contention again this year, Dirk Nowitzki once again has failed to complete the mission of bringing a title to the Dallas Mavericks but there is no doubt about his effort or commitment to returning to the Promised Land and completing the job. Like, KG or T-Mac a few years ago, Dirk is yearning badly for a title; it is the only thing that is remaining in his long and illustrious career. The history of the NBA is filled with some of the most athletic and amazing basketball players to ever step on a hardwood court but the memory of their best years is long gone from our hearts and minds. Only the Champions survive the test of time in the NBA and that is not going to change in the forseeable future. No doubt Dirk has been one of the best ballers in the game but he is approaching Charles Barkley and Karl Malone territory now as he heads towards the twilight of his playing days. His options are very limited as well as the Mavericks team is short on depth in its roster. Maybe he should consider moving to the Eastern Conference next season, the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors could use his veteran leadership in their locker rooms; both teams are also in good markets and have youth on their side. Think about it long and hard Dirk. I suggest he take a vacation this offseason to re-evaluate his career, no one will blame him for seeking out a contender before his career is over. He will always be a Dallas Maverick – much like Michael Finley will forever be linked to the Mavs.