Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki tinkering with the release of his shot

DALLAS – He already has one of the most devastating shots in NBA history. So devastating that players such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol and Kevin Love have tried to copy it.

However, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki spent part of his summer tinkering with the release of his shot. Why?

"You always try to be a little more efficient, so we worked a little bit on the release,’’ Nowitzki said after Friday’s practice. "I’m not really sure if that makes such a big difference, but as long as I feel fine physically and still be able to spread the floor out there for the guys. . .and I’ve got to be solid.

"Solid enough defensively rebounding-wise to help the guys. So I feel good.’’

Nowitzki also said he wants to be a more effective offensive player down in the paint.

"I want to expand a little bit on the block,’’ he said. "There might be some situations that I have to shoot it -- I don’t want to rely on a fadeaway all the time.

"Sometimes you have to go middle, make a move there or get fouled or swing a little hook. I think I’ve just got to mix it up a little more than just a right shoulder fadeaway all the time.’’