Nowitzki, New-Look Mavs Seeking 2nd Straight Title

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki is back for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. The supporting cast has a new look.

Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and Caron Butler are gone. But the front office has added Lamar Odom and Vince Carter to plug some of the holes, along with backup guard Delonte West. In a 66-game season, there is no telling how the older Mavericks will fare but the veterans know that making the playoffs will give them a shot at defending the franchise's first title.

Dallas opens the season at home against Miami on Sunday in a rematch of the NBA finals.

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