Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, current Mavs roster react to old clips of Dirk Nowitzki
Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has been retired from the NBA for a year now. Some of the current Mavs’ players were lucky enough to play alongside the German icon in his final season last year, while others simply knew Dirk by watching his legendary 21-year career on TV.
The current Mavs ensemble was reminded of Nowitzki’s greatness, as they reacted to some of his old highlights from back in the day.
“Young Legend” 🐐
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Turns out, Nowitzki, who was known best as the league’s pioneer stretch 4, actually dunked on people during his early days playing in Germany. The seven-foot big even had quite the handles, as he went coast-to-coast on some possessions.
Players like Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber, Jalen Brunson, Josh Jackson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Delon Wright and Tim Hardaway Jr. flashed big smiles on their faces as they marveled at Dirk’s body of work.
Doncic, who has a playful relationship with Dirk, hilariously nitpicked the German’s hairstyle. He also claimed that Nowitzki could dunk just “cause he was so tall”.
Porzingis, meanwhile, was simply in awe of how Dirk overcame his early struggles when he first joined the league in 1998 and became one of the best to ever do it. KP, of course, is considered as the closest thing to Dirk in terms of height and shooting prowess in today’s NBA.
Nowitzki spent his entire career in a Mavs jersey and led Dallas to its first and only NBA title in 2011. He is a one-time MVP, one-time Finals MVP, and 14-time All-Star, among many other accolades.
The current Dallas squad, on the other hand, does have a bright future ahead of them led by their two young European stars.
Despite having an inexperienced roster, the Mavs managed to stay competitive in the stacked Western Conference prior to the NBA suspension. They were on track to return to the postseason with a 40-27 record (7th in the West).