Dirk Nowitzki Rumors

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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 ($304,198,519*)
In his first public comments since Nash was named the Nets coach on Sept. 3, Nowitzki told The News that he was flattered and grateful that Nash reached out to him, but . . . “First of all, I don’t know if I could do it anywhere but here,” he said. “That’s of course first. Second, I just think the timing is not right. I love being with the family. I’m so over basketball at this point that it wasn’t even a thought for me.” “Here,” of course, is Dallas, where Nowitzki played all 21 of his NBA seasons and continues to live with his wife, Jessica, and their three young children.
“That’s going to be a lot of fun [for Nash] and it’s a lot of challenges, but I think he’s up for it,” Nowitzki said. “To me he was always a natural leader, with his positive attitude. “He was always the first one to slap people on the butts when things weren’t working. To me, he was one of the most positive teammates I’ve ever been around. I think he’s going to be great. He’ll learn more about the timeout situations, play-calling and stuff like that, but he already has what it takes to be a natural leader to me.”
It’s the story of Dirk Nowitzki hopping the scorer’s table in Miami on June 12, 2011, and vanishing into the visitors’ locker room while his Mavericks teammates and coaches remained on the court, celebrating Dallas’ first NBA title. Nowitzki eventually returned to the court to accept his Finals Most Valuable Player award and hoist the Larry O’Brien championship trophy, but the specifics surrounding his several-minute disappearance have remained somewhat of a mystery, kind-of explained but not in detail.
Why, exactly, did Nowitzki leave the court? Where, precisely, did he go? What did he do? And what did the two men who followed Nowitzki through that AmericanAirlines Arena tunnel and into the locker room say to convince him to return to the court? Nine years later, with another champion and MVP about to be crowned, we separately sat down with those two men: NBA senior vice president of basketball communications Tim Frank and Mavericks vice president of basketball communications Scott Tomlin. And this week, we caught up with Nowitzki.
Nowitzki: I think the whole thing was kind of surreal, to get to this point and to try to understand what we had just accomplished for ourselves. And for this organization that’s never won a championship. There’s a great photo with me and Tyson [Chandler], we both have our hands on heads — sort of in disbelief and sort of relieved, I think, is the word. And there’s a picture of me hugging Jet [Jason Terry], which is really emotional because of what me and Jet had been through over his time here in Dallas.
Nowitzki: And then, when I played to qualify for the Olympics in ’08, when we finally made my dream come true and I felt all these tears coming on at the end, I didn’t make it off the court in time. So I’m on the court and I’m hugging my teammates and I’m completely bawling and I couldn’t stop myself. I sort of felt that same feeling coming on there in ’11, so that’s why I was like, “I don’t want to stand out here and hug everybody and completely be a mess.” So I decided to run off and get a few minutes by myself. That was the thinking: Just that inner feeling that I was going to be breaking down a little bit.