DALLAS (AP) - Mark Cuban says he plans to keep star Dirk Nowitzki even though the Dallas Mavericks have their worst record since a few months after he bought the team in 2000.
Cuban said before Saturday night's game against Memphis that he wanted to be clear with Nowitzki that he was committed ``through thick and thin'' to getting the team back in contention.
Dallas recently fell 10 games under .500 for the first time since Nowitzki's second season in 1999-2000. Since then, the Mavericks have made the playoffs 12 straight years and won the title in 2011.
The Mavericks are playing with a revamped roster for the second straight season after Cuban decided not to bring back several key players from the championship team.
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