ICYMI: Dirk Nowitzki is A Boss

Dirk Nowitzki is a bawwse. If you didn’t already know, Dirk certified himself as one of the best NBA players ever after pulling off the greatest playoff performance of the 21st century (in my not so fucking humble opinion). Dirk.png

In case you need a reminder of how dope Dirk is, and the pure antithesis of what Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour represents, check out this new Sports Illustrated article about Dirk’s “ride”: http://www.si.com/nba/2016/02/16/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-mark-cuban-steve-nash-kobe-bryant

It’s a great read. I’d check it out. If you don’t have the time, here are some highlights:

“When the Mavs won their first and only title, in 2011, he fled the court—vaulting the scorer’s table, face buried in his jersey, embarrassed by his tears. He returned only to collect his Finals MVP trophy after Tim Frank, the NBA’s head of p.r., chased him to the locker room, pleading with him to come back out because This is a moment you’ll treasure someday—and, besides, it would be really weird if he wasn’t there.”

“Unlike Bryant, Nowitzki has no interest in a farewell tour. “I don’t want people to high-five me everywhere I go or make this a big deal about me,” he said. “What [Derek] Jeter did or what the closer, Mariano Rivera, did—every ballpark you get some gifts, you know, sausages in Milwaukee?” Nowitzki shook his head, shifting onto one elbow. “No chance I’d ever do that. I’m not the guy who will say, ‘This is my last year.’ ” He paused. “When I’m gone, I’m gone.””

““I was never the most confident man in the world,” he says. “When I first got here, I was shy, I couldn’t speak [the language], didn’t know if I was going to succeed. Now you watch some of these young guys, and they come in this league thinking they belong here, they’re meant for this. That wasn’t me at all.””

““I always felt like it’s your responsibility as a franchise player,” he says, now in a room at The Nines hotel in Portland the following morning, ahead of a back-to-back against the Blazers. “Monta last year, he snuck out all the time. But if you want to be the face of a franchise, you got to do it. You gotta face the music.””

“So, as you can see, not shy. Indeed, become friendly with Nowitzki and he will cease using your name, instead referring to you as “that donkey” or a “burger” (a term he learned from Trent, who ate up defenders in the post). Or, if he really likes you, “numbnuts.””

And the best one by far:

“I MAKE LOVE TO PRESSURE!” Dirk bellows in an enthusiastic monotone.

He shoots. Swish.

“WALK WITH MEEEE!” he roars.

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