Dirk Nowitzki Rumors

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Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
Position: F
Born: 06/19/78
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $5,000,000
Yet the mentoring situation might be overstated. Nowitzki and Doncic clearly like each other and share great mutual admiration, but the German points out that the newcomer didn’t exactly need anyone to show him the ropes. “He is not under my wing because he’s not under anyone’s wing,” Nowitzki told USA TODAY Sports. “It is not some guy coming in and being intimidated and figuring things out. He is a really good player who believes in himself and it shows. I want him to do great, but he doesn’t need me to hold his hand. It is hard to believe he is 19.”
Doncic plays off the attention and recently said that landing so many All-Star votes made his head spin. “It’s just, I don’t know what to say, amazing for me,” he said. But Dallas knows what to say and what to do. Adding Kristaps Porzingis was a deal made, in part, because Dallas has re-thought its aspirations for the near future based off the dramatic impact Doncic has made. “He’s ready,” Nowitzki added, when asked about Doncic’s capacity to handle any new challenges NBA life might throw at him.
The two-time NBA Finals foes whose relationship used to be “frosty,” as Nowitzki puts it, stood next to each other and shared a laugh before entering the game together with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter. Nowitzki broke the ice by cracking a joke about Wade wrapping up his pregame warm-up by recreating the rebound and ball-throwing celebration from the last seconds of the Heat’s title-clinching victory in Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals on this floor. “I was like, ‘That’s bringing some bad memories back,'” Nowitzki said. “He was like, ‘I had to do it. This was the building where everything started for me.’ It was basically his coming-out party, the ’06 Finals, and he hasn’t looked back since. It’s been a great career for him.”
1 day ago via ESPN