Mavs news: Kristaps Porzingis speaks out on teammate Dirk Nowitzki
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Kristaps Porzingis speaks out on what it was like being teammates with Dirk Nowitzki

Kristaps Porzingis, Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs

Dallas Mavericks power forward Kristaps Porzingis didn’t get to play with Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki last season since he was rehabbing his ACL injury.

However, Porzingis says even without playing, he learned so much from the Mavs icon:

“Just his presence in the locker room and around the team. Everybody loves him. Just to see his energy and see his passion still and motivation at that age, at that point of his career, still putting in the work before practice, it was pretty crazy to see, actually,” Kristaps Porzingis said about Dirk Nowitzki, via The Dallas Morning News.

“That just shows what type of person he is, what type of work ethic he had throughout his career. It definitely gave me more motivation, more hunger to keep working and to try to emulate things he’s done in his career to be such a great player.”

Dirk played in 51 games for the Mavs in 2018-19 before calling it quits. He’s the best player in Dallas’ franchise history.

Dallas is lucky it was able to draft Luka Doncic and trade for Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavs now have two franchise cornerstones in the post-Nowitzki era.

Dirk averaged 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists with the Mavs. He was the 2007 regular-season MVP and the 2011 Finals MVP.

Nowitzki and the Mavs defeated LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.