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Sport Dirk Nowitzki and the NBA title: "I will never forget"

11:50  11 june  2021
11:50  11 june  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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ten years later, the pictures of Dirk Nowitzki's championship in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks seem like a different world.

Dirk Nowitzki posiert 2011 mit der Trophäe für den Wertvollsten Spieler der NBA (Most Valuable Player. © Larry W. Smith / EPA / DPA Dirk Nowitzki poses in 2011 with the trophy for the most valuable player of the NBA (Most Valuable Player.

the halls in Dallas and Miami were rappelvious and people directly on the playing edge, LeBron James aged 27 Years, in the jersey of the Miami Heat in comparison to a teenager and also Novitzki's external has changed. The Würzburger is no longer so angularly on the face as with 32, the hair is much shorter and sitting is currently a little belly off at Best German basketballers of history.

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unforgettable moment

The memory of that evening on June 12, 2011 in the American Airlines Arena in Miami is still fresh at Novitzki. As he is after the decisive 105: 95 victory of the final series with sweaty hair , a crooked cap and the blue jersey with the number 41 receives the trophy, on which he had worked on his whole sportswear life. "I'll IC H never forget when the trophy was given to me, "he said recently the ARD sports show.

Many sports fans in Germany do not have this picture in mind. Because not only the final series, but nowitzki's exceptional career in the US, especially according to today's scale with live broadcasts in the streaming service Dazn and the range of social networks still largely in secret.

This moment was especially special for all observers, even for Rick Carlisle, then like today coaches of the Mavericks. "That's one of the great memories to see Dirk's reaction after the game. Leaving the field to have an emotional experience as he never had before. That's wonderful, "the 61-year-old told. For Nowitzki, which will be 43 years old on 19 June, was disappeared immediately after the game in the catacombs and overturned by his feelings. "I even sent away our PR man and said, I do not want to get out, I do not want the trophy! Leave me alone! He had to tug out the shower. Luckily he has enforced, "Nowitzki recently said the" Sport Image ".

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The role of «Superstar» Nowitzki

The football international Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels belong to the people who became supporters of Mavericks through Novitzki and continue to be after his career end two years ago. Basketball fans can attribute the enormous success of Novitzkis in the US, but For the general public in Germany, Nowitzki has become known through his roles as advertising brewers in TV spots of a bank than through its superior performance in the duel with the clearly favored Miami Heat And their three superstars James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

This is Novitzki not only the first and the only German who gained the championship in the world's strongest basketball league in the world. He was also chosen in the league as the first European to the most valuable player and is still worshiped today that he spent his full career at the Mavericks and has repeatedly waived a lot of salary during this time to have better players. "I want to play in a great team, I want to play around the championship and we both have shown a bit of loyalty," he told in the ARD of a contract negotiation with Mavericks boss Mark Cuban.

Only five players in the history of the league have achieved more points as Novitzki with its 31,660 meters, even legends such as Wilt Chamberlain or Shaquille O'Neal have less. The most important title is and remains the championship.

«That's what his heritage has been consolidated at a very different level," said Mavericks coach Carlisle. "This series was won with a superstar. Dirk was the only superstar, "said the coach with a view of his then squad. "If you look at the story of championships at the time and after that, there were almost always two superstars and MVP candidates. If you look at it in this context, this achievement was at an even higher level. " A statue on the honor in front of the hall in Dallas is in progress.

Novitzki returns to the MAVs .
Dirk Nowitzki returns a good two years after his career end in advisory function to the Dallas Mavericks. © Getty Images remains true to the MAVs: Dirk Nowitzki. club legend becomes special consultant of the Würzburger, who will be 43 years old on Saturday, will support Texas's team at the upcoming personnel decisions, as Mavericks announced on Friday night. "Mark Cuban is approaching me because of a role as a special advisor and I'm glad to support MAVs," Novitzki said in the message.

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