The Dirk Revolution. Fact and Fiction.

Today it is ho-hum, a seven footer who shoots threes as easily as he breathes. But in 1998 it was a thing. Radical. You needed a visionary like Don Nelson who traded up to get Dirk Nowitzki to make this Dirk 21 career excellence possible. Dirk was drafted by Milwaukee and then traded. His rights…

Where Have You Gone Dirk Nowitzki?

Halfway through the end of the end- you may know him. In 84 days, the NBA career of Dirk Nowitzki will be in the record books and the wait for the Hall of Fame will begin. Everything Dirk is this year is everything we thought we knew he would be at the age of 40…

Three Years Later, Who Is Kristaps? Dirk or the Field?

On June 25, 2015, New York Knicks fans at the Barclays Center booed Kristaps Porzingis after Adam Silver announced the Knicks selected Porzingis with the 4th pick in the NBA Draft. A 7-foot 3-inch power forward who averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds playing in Spain, Knicks fans were enraged. Yet after his 3rd season,…

Dirk and Retirement? Not So Fast

The Achilles tendon bothered two of the greatest scorers in NBA history. Kobe Bryant never fully recovered from his torn Achilles and Dirk Nowitzki dealt with Achilles pain early in the season last year.  No matter. Nowitzki will return to the court for his 20th year and possibly, if he feels like it, his 21st.…

Dirk Joins Great: the 30,000 Club

I don’t feel sorry for Larry Nance Jr. His father posterized many a helpless player. And now the son will forever be linked with Dirk Werner Nowitzki.  A Dirk patented stepback for his 30,000 point, scored early in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers, immortalized Nance Jr. but for the wrong reasons. Every…

Less Money Then, More (Dirk) Money Now

Two summers ago when free agent Dirk Nowitzki left $20 million dollars on the table, it was an admirable leap of faith and trust. It spoke to Nowitzki’s generosity and selflessness. But it was also a branch from an international tree. Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t American born. His development outside of the United States left him…

Will Dirk Pass Shaq Tonight?

In the spring of 1998 when Dirk Nowitzki of Germany was drafted with the 9th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks and then traded to the Dallas Mavericks, no one in the room every thought to say: “Someday Dirk will pass Shaquille O’Neal on the all-time scoring list”. That sort of thinking would have been laughed…