Holger Geschwindner Rumors
When he entered the league, teams were looking for power forwards like Malone: big, burly, physical types who could bang in the paint. That was not Nowitzki. The gangly 7-footer grew up in Germany playing for a pair of coaches — first Pit Stahl, and later Holger Geschwindner, his current mentor — who built his game from the outside-in, rather than the inside-out. He also played tennis and handball, landing Nowitzki in the NBA with an diverse toolbox — and a coach who was eager to use them. “I’ve always looked for people who can score and pass, and do things like that,” Nelson said. “Ever since I’ve been coaching, I look to put guys like that on my team because that’s the way I wanted to play if I could.
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.
08 Mar 17
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.”
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.