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    Default - The Dirk Nowitzki appreciation thread -

    About time to have a thread fully dedicated to Super Dirk. Post old and new photos, articles, videos, breaking stats, funny and curious stuff, etc about the once called German Wunderkind.


    I'll start with last night's game (91-111 for Dallas over the Nets), where Dirk scored 34 pts and became the Mavericks' all-time leading scorer with 16.644 pts in 743 games. The previous record holder was Rolando Blackman with one less point in 865 games. Since entering the league in 1998, only Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson have more points.
    What he had to say:

    "Hopefully I’ve got a lot of good basketball, a lot of points left in me for this franchise,” said Nowitzki, who at 29 might only be halfway through his career. “All of those records are going to look really nice in 20, 30 years when you look back and you can tell your grandchildren about them. As of right now, we’re just trying to get back on track."

    The shot and the celebration that earned him the all-time scoring lead:
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    Dirk has been my favorite player for about 5-6 years and its him that has me still watching the mavs even though i can't stand most of his shoot-first teammates. I hope he can get his ring, if he doesn't i hope people will remember his heroism against the spurs and the suns two years ago, it was joy to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaxballer
    Dirk has been my favorite player for about 5-6 years
    Same here, after Sabonis retired, he immediately took my favourite player's spot.

    Not something to praise I know and probably most of you have seen it, but here's probably Dirk's hardest foul ever (a few days ago against the Jazz). I really don't know if he meant to be so violent (it's hard to believe so), but the fact is that he injured Kirilenko. Dirk was suspended for one game:

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    Big deal, he just instinctively grabbed his shoulder to slow down his own fall... Dirk has suffered a lot worse marking from Greece NT players alone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArkadiosV2
    Big deal, he just instinctively grabbed his shoulder to slow down his own fall...
    I didn't think it was that bad either. Like you said, guys get hacked and hurt all the time. It's not like Dirk went for AK's head or anything. AK just fell awkwardly, so a lot of people overreacted.

    Anyhow, getting back to the subject at hand...I liked Blackman. A lot. He played overseas himself in Milan and did a wonderful job, playing his heart out. Before Dirk, Blackman was the Mavericks.

    Ro Blackman is a friend of mine and he coached the German national team one year, so Im really, really close to him. I hate to break that record and take it from him. But its definitely a great honor for me. -- Dirk Nowitzki

    Its just a fantastic thing to see a guy be so consistent and really such a great star in this league. Im glad he broke the record. Im glad its him. Its a good overall night. -- Rolando Blackman
    As for Dirk, I don't think anybody is surprised by all the great things he does. He's the first and the best of those crafty big men who can shoot. He was never that bad his first year either, as a lot of people think. Remember in the late '90s when he was doing the friendly games against Charles Barkley? And the games against those great US youngsters of the time? And Dirk was kind Of course, people hated him in those early years for not going to a US college. Really, people hated those kids for not going to college. Remember "Irk Nowitzki?" You never hear that anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur
    Same here, after Sabonis retired, he immediately took my favourite player's spot.
    For me Dirk took over for Reggie Miller, it was Miller time throughout my childhood lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur
    Same here, after Sabonis retired, he immediately took my favourite player's spot.

    Not something to praise I know and probably most of you have seen it, but here's probably Dirk's hardest foul ever (a few days ago against the Jazz). I really don't know if he meant to be so violent (it's hard to believe so), but the fact is that he injured Kirilenko. Dirk was suspended for one game:

    Not even an unsportive foul imo. While falling himself he grabbed kirilenko's shoulder who in turn fell very badly. This is split seconds there and i don't think dirk had any time thinking to foul kirilenko while falling. Bad moment.

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    Some photos from way back. From the young tennis player, through to the days with his hometown team Wrzburg, to the somewhat kitsch haircut (remember that? ) and the beginnings with the Mavs (10 years have already incredibly gone by):
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    On that "dirkteam" picture you can also see Robert Maras (big guy on the left) and Mithat Demirel (No.5)
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    Default Nowitzki Done?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap?gid=2008032306

    DALLAS (AP)Dirk Nowitzki started to grab the part of his left leg that hurt the most, then stopped. He might not have known what to rub first.

    So the reigning league MVP dejectedly put a hand on his head. Then pounded the court.

    Nowitzki was injured on an ugly looking fall in the third quarter of Dallas 88-81 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, but left the arena without knowing how bad it is. The team termed it a lower left leg injury and said more details would come Monday.

    I fell awkwardly and my left leg got caught underneath of me, Nowitzki said in a statement. I am going to get re-evaluated in the morning and I hope to have more information then.

    Nowitzki went down after running and jumping to block a shot late in the third quarter. With Nowitzki writhing on the court, Tim Duncan grabbed the loose ball and scored, putting San Antonio ahead for the first time in the second half. It came during a 19-0 run that took the Spurs from 12 points down to in control the rest of the way.
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    Thanks for the video, Rick. And thanks for the article, L8. You can really see in the video that he came down bad on both his legs, but the way his left knee bent looks terribly painful. Ouch!
    "I really like the attitudes of eagles. They never give up. When they grab a fish or something else, they never let it go. It doesn't matter. In a book, they write they find a skeleton of [an] eagle and there is no fish. It means that the fish beat him and killed him, but he didn't let go." -- Donatas Motiejunas

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    DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is out indefinitely with a moderate high ankle sprain and a mildly sprained knee.

    It's a blow to the Mavericks' title hopes and perhaps their chances of making the playoffs. The team announced the diagnosis after the reigning MVP got an MRI exam Monday, the day after he was injured during a game against San Antonio. He landed awkwardly on his left leg after running to block a shot.

    Nowitzki said he's hoping to be out only one or two weeks. The regular season ends three weeks from Wednesday.

    "I'm trying to see the positive and it could've been a lot worse," Nowitzki said, wearing a protective boot on his left ankle. "It could've been a season-ending injury or even career-ending."

    He said the ankle and knee are both still stiff. He's trying to reduce swelling by putting them in ice every two hours, even when he sleeps. Doctors will check him out again Tuesday, then set a rehabilitation plan.

    "Hopefully I can move where I can already go on the underwater treadmill a little bit in the next couple of days, so at least I can put some pressure on it and see how it feels," Nowitzki said.

    Nowitzki has had plenty of traditional ankle sprains, but never a "high" one, which is closer to the shin. Local sports fans became familiar with the injury a few months ago, when Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens was out for three weeks then returned for the playoffs.

    "Usually I'm good with recovering from injuries," Nowitzki said. "I know I'm not 20 any more, but I still feel young, my body feels young. So hopefully I can recover pretty quick." [...]
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    Wow. That sounds pretty bad. It sounds to me like 1-2 weeks is maybe a little "short" considering the injury. If he's soaking it in ice 12 hours a day, it must be really bad. Josh Howard is a fine, fine young player, but without Dirk, the Mavs can kiss their play-off hopes goodbye.
    "I really like the attitudes of eagles. They never give up. When they grab a fish or something else, they never let it go. It doesn't matter. In a book, they write they find a skeleton of [an] eagle and there is no fish. It means that the fish beat him and killed him, but he didn't let go." -- Donatas Motiejunas

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    He's dreaming if he thinks he'll be on court in 2 weeks. More like a month. It's possible he'll be back in 2 weeks, but for sure with painkillers.

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    I dont think that an injury like that would be less than 3 weeks or (more likely) one month. Anyway i hope im wrong, or dallas is gonna suffer a lot to get the playoffs.
    Now that Kidd, Stackhouse and Howard will have to take one step ahead and take more responsability, we'll see if they can survive (in a way like Houston did without Yao) or if they fall down (and in a conference so hard as the western is, that would probably mean that they will say goodbye to the season really soon).
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    at the game dallas - clippers dirk took the microphone and talk to the dallas television network and also made play by play commentating which was very amusing

    he told that he will at least lose the regular seasonalso he told that he hurts and he cant sleep from the pain and he was very tired .and he make a couple of jokes being dirk we know and love

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Davis 4 president
    at the game dallas - clippers dirk took the microphone and talk to the dallas television network and also made play by play commentating which was very amusing

    he told that he will at least lose the regular seasonalso he told that he hurts and he cant sleep from the pain and he was very tired .and he make a couple of jokes being dirk we know and love



    Thanks for the update Baron Davis 4 president!
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    thanks for the vid i was looking for that .. i saw that in the game but i wanted to see that again... liked at the 4 minute he made the play by play anouncer hehe ....

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    The Dallas Morning News -

    The Mavericks claim that they got all the right results from Dirk Nowitzki's tests and the initial two-week prognosis could be a worst-case scenario, according to the Dallas Morning News.

    "From what I'm hearing, he's doing really well," coach Avery Johnson said Tuesday night. "That doesn't mean he's going to be back anytime soon. But for the type of injury, he's doing well. Hopefully, we'll catch a break with it. And he'll heal like he normally heals, and it won't take that long."

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    Late congratulations. But hey, i have to eat my crow.

    i've always shared the idea that Dirk is too soft to ever win a ring (Miami collapse in 05 and GSW upset in 06) and thought he'd NEVER recover from those gigantic disappointments.. Then this year happened and they got their 'ship-- to boot, against the much heralded (but hated) Miami Heat team.

    This is all on Dirk. He pretty much played with a purpose all series (and well, playoffs) long! Congratulations on a much-deserved championship!
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