Holger Geschwindner Rumors
I hear you going to Germany to work with shooting coach Holger Geschwinder? Salah Mejri: I may go work with him for a couple of weeks. I talked to Dirk [Nowitzki] about it already and he said he will be there during the summer. I have a clear role here: blocking shots, running, energy … it’s not about shooting because we have two players who can shoot the ball. When I played in Europe I was shooting a lot. But to be a more successful shooter, I have to work on it with one of the best coaches who made Dirk a legend. I’m gonna do it and if it’s gonna help then it could be perfect; if not then I’m not losing anything.
Marc Stein: Year 19 … and nothing’s changed: Here’s Dirk Nowitzki working on lefty FTs today with mentor Holger Geschwindner.
Dirk Nowitzki on a possible career as Head Coach: “Becoming a Head Coach was never my goal. A Head Coach not only needs to have basketball knowledge, he has to evaluate characters, has to mix them, to motivate – even yell at someone once in a while. That is not part of my personality. I am not the person to stand somewhere and hold a 20 minute speech. I think player development is more my ideal role; I sure learned a lot from Holger Geschwindner about that in the last 20 years. But Head Coach? No way.”
Rajon Rondo, a basketball savant who has never figured out the art of shooting, quietly observed Holger Geschwindner working with his masterpiece on the Dallas Mavericks’ practice court before the All-Star break. After his shooting session was done, Dirk Nowitzki made an offer to his point guard, if not a suggestion. “If you want to work with Holger, now is the time,” Nowitzki told Rondo, mentioning that Rondo would be sidelined another week to 10 days due to facial fractures. “You’re more than welcome.” As Nowitzki recalled the moment, he added: “And Holger obviously loves challenges in his life.”
To his credit, Rondo, who earned a reputation for being difficult to coach in his younger years, embraced the opportunity to work with Dirk’s longtime mentor and shot doctor. Rondo started shooting with Geschwindner immediately after Nowitzki made the suggestion – a partnership the media got a quick glimpse of after Thursday’s shootaround in Oklahoma City – and continued until Holger packed up his flannel shirts and blue jeans and headed back to Germany on Friday. Rondo plans to continue following the program that Geschwindner, who will return for the playoffs as is his custom, put in place.