Dirk Nowitzki reacts to Mavs players’ comments on his old highlights
The Dallas Mavericks posted a highlight reel of Dirk Nowitzki which showcased not just his pristine shooting form, but his athleticism in his early days in the league. The current Mavs’ players reacted to the clip. While most of them praised Nowitzki’s abilities, Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson made fun of him. And the German called them out via Twitter.
Shaggy of sponge bob?? 😂😂 Luka and Jalen are haters… https://t.co/LYkl1BYPQG
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) March 20, 2020
Despite his incredible basketball reel, several of them, including Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson didn’t look impressed. Apart from not giving insight to Nowitzki’s unique blend of size and mobility, they slammed his hairstyle and baggy shorts. Doncic said the German looked “funny” while Brunson said that the footage wasn’t real. Delon Wright even said he looked like “Shaggy of Sponge Bob.”
Nowitzki is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Some say that he’s the best European player to ever set foot in the league. Like some of the current Mavs players pointed out, Nowitzki’s started out slow in his first few years in the NBA.
But when he got used to the gameplay, he started piling up the points through his unique offensive package. Some of the players saw Nowitzki at the peak of his career. As such, they’re well-aware of his smooth shooting stroke.
But little did they know that in his early 20s, Nowitzki was an athletic big man. He was pretty quick of his feet and displayed a decent bounce as well. Make fun of him all you want but in his prime, Nowitzki was the most lethal offensive weapon in the league.