HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors


April 10, 2015 Updates

Next week's showings, which will also feature a red-carpet event, will mark the American debut for the nearly two-hour production. The film is in German with English subtitles and originally premiered in Germany in September 2014. "It's pretty sweet," Nowitzki told ESPNDallas.com this week when asked to reflect on the project. "I think that's another thing that's going to be even sweeter down the road when I sit there and maybe show it to my daughter and son and see them smile. They can think to themselves that daddy wasn't a complete waste. I think that's going to be really special later on. Now it means that I had an impact with my career in some sorts. "Having a documentary, they don't make a documentary about everybody. I guess that should make me feel proud about what I've accomplished so far and hopefully finish strong in the next couple of years."‎ ESPN.com

The documentary features interviews from Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, as well as Cuban, recently retired NBA commissioner David Stern and both Donnie Nelson and father Don Nelson, who served as Nowitzki's first coach in the NBA. Nowitzki describes the film as a "fun little movie," one that isn't necessarily as staid as typical documentaries. ESPN.com

April 7, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks held their season ticket holders appreciation day on Monday at Six Flags Over Texas. During the event, someone asked Dirk about the incident over the weekend wherein the Warriors’ Shaun Livingston gave him a shot to the nuts from behind. Dirk says he and Livingston talked about it later and that Livingston said, “You know, for a white guy, it’s pretty impressive.” The low blow earned Livingston a suspension. No word on whether or not the compliment was taken into consideration when the league decided on the punishment. [via @dena_adi] The Big Lead

April 6, 2015 Updates
April 5, 2015 Updates

“Well, I give him the benefit of the doubt because he’s really not that type of player,” Nowitzki said. “He hasn’t been his entire career. I’m not really sure what he was trying to do there, if he was trying to get to the ball through my legs or anything. But like I said, he’s not a dirty player. “But I really enjoyed his tight grip he got. I really enjoyed that.” Dallas Morning News

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had an animated postgame discussion with Warriors coach Steve Kerr and also spoke with guard Shaun Livingston, who committed a controversial flagrant foul on Dirk Nowitzki in Saturday's 123-110 win. Livingston made contact in Nowitzki's groin area while Nowitzki was backing down his defender late in the third quarter. Nowitzki immediately reacted in discomfort, turning to confront Livingston. Contra Costa Times

March 26, 2015 Updates
March 24, 2015 Updates

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki joined ESPN's NBA Lockdown podcast this week. Here are some highlights from the interview. On Steve Nash retiring: “I wasn’t really surprised. I kind of knew what was going on since October, that his body didn’t let him compete anymore at the highest level, so I was just surprised by the timing, that it came out now. I think it was a relief for him, that he’s happy it’s over with. I told him already in October that I was proud of him that he had an amazing career. He overcame a lot in his career with his health and being short and white and slow and unathletic and to be one of the greatest ever is an unbelievable achievement.” Dallas Morning News

March 23, 2015 Updates

The two quickly became fast friends, and honed their games while often practicing on Friday and Saturday nights while their teammates were off doing other things. But with Nash being saddled with one injury after another, it was no surprise to Nowitzki that the 19-year veteran point guard announced his retirement this past Saturday. "I knew at the beginning of the season where this was headed,’’ Nowitzki said. "This wasn’t news for me. "He wanted to retire, really, in October.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Nash was an eight-time All-Star, three-time first team all-NBA selection, and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2005 and ’06. "Honestly for a whatever, 5-10, guy from a little town in Canada he had an amazing run,’’ Nowitzki said. "He was one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever been around in my 17 years in the league. "He always worked on his game, always worked on his health and his body, on his core strength and legs. He was just constantly working at it – he was an animal.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 20, 2015 Updates

But that famous rainbow jump shot is suddenly a thing of beauty again. Nowitzki's numbers during the Mavs' modest winning streak: 20.3 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting, including 11-of-16 from 3-point range. "He looks like Dirk again," center Tyson Chandler said. "Dirk looks like Holger's in town," guard Devin Harris said. ESPN.com

March 13, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki left the court bathed in humiliation and rage in that unimaginable moment as thunderous noise ricocheted all around him, stepped across the baseline and through the tunnel leading under the Oracle Arena stands, made a sharp right turn on a path to the visitor's locker room with the rest of the Mavericks, and ran into history. A trash can. The blue, thick-plastic, 4-foot-tall receptacle weighed about 60 pounds, depending how full it was by the end of the fateful night of May 3, 2007. Nowitzki grabbed it and launched it against the wall about 10 feet to his left with such ferocity that the bin crashed through the white sheetrock 12 or 13 feet above the ground. The fury it must have required. Among the long list of accomplishments that MVP season -- 50.2 percent from the field, 41.6 percent on threes, 90.4 percent from the line, 24.6 points a game -- throwing an object that heavy that high and that far without time to prepare or, likely, get an ideal grip must be included. NBA.com

Literally a display. The gash, five inches tall and six inches wide at the extremes, smaller in some parts of the jagged opening, is covered by plexiglass 20 inches tall and 19 inches wide. A gold "We Believe" T-shirt, still familiar at home games, is just above the hole, held up by thumb tacks at the top of the collar, the corners of the short sleeves and the squared-off bottom on each side. Nowitzki's signature in black ink is immediately below the hole. Seriously. A member of the arena crew asked, one of the good guys of the league agreed without hesitation. "It's amazing how many people ask to see it," said Steve Martin, the production manager for Oracle and adjacent O.co Coliseum, home of the A's and Raiders. "It's right outside my door, so I hear it all the time. At first, I thought it was just kind of a goof. But as time went on, it's become a bigger deal." NBA.com

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