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Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
Position: -
Born: 06/19/78
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Earnings: $255,371,800 ($306,162,830*)
Jonas Valanciunas wasn’t exactly a marksman when he entered the NBA in 2012. In fact, in his first five seasons in the league, he went 1-of-4 from 3-point range. But those days are long gone. Valanciunas hit his first seven 3-pointers on Monday night — all in the first half — as he helped lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 123-104 win over the LA Clippers. The 6-foot-11, 265-pound bruiser has slowly started to add the three-point shot to his game since 2017, but he’s never had a night like Tuesday when he scored a career-high 39 points to go along with 15 rebounds. “Guys were calling him Dirk Valanciunas,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said, referencing Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki. “But we want him shooting the ball when he’s open and mixing it in. He still wants to go to the post, which I love about him. He’s a physical guy. But just explaining to him how it’s going to open our offense up with his ability to shoot the ball the way he can, it was amazing to see tonight.”
The Mavs are retiring Dirk Nowitzki’s No. 41 jersey on Jan. 5. What do you think that night will be like? Mark Cuban: I love Dirk to death. I’m thrilled for him. Every award he gets is awesome. We’re not going to have a statue unveiling or anything like that. We might tease what it looks like, but it’s pretty obvious what it’s going to look like. We’re going to have some special NFT’s made. How do you think Dirk has enjoyed post-retirement? Mark Cuban: I think he’s getting antsy. But I can tell you this … I’ll break you one piece of news. Dirk has an office in the new practice facility.

How would you describe the dynamic between players and ownership in the NBA? Is there tension there? Dwyane Wade: From my experience—obviously not knowing every relationship—I mean, you see some out there like Mark Cuban and Dirk [Nowitzki], and it looks amazing. The ownership group and the chairmans in Miami with the Arison family, they were great to my family and I. I just feel that the tough part about it is, most of the people who own teams, most of the people who are in ownership of teams, have never played a sport at the highest level. And so it’s hard to communicate and to be on the same page when you come from two totally different worlds. And sometimes the ownership group is in it for the investment only, right? And they’re not in it the same way the players are in it.
During the Mavericks’ exited interviews, I asked Dirk Nowitzki if he would be interested in owning a piece of the Dallas Mavericks. Many fans and former players believe it would be a match made in heaven, and Nowitzki deserves a seat at the table. “It is an honor that he said that; I want to focus on me still playing, and whatever I decided to do after my career. We will cross that bridge when we get there,” said Nowitzki.
Storyline: Dirk Nowitzki NBA Owner?