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Thunder’s Paul George says Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki was one of his favorite players growing up

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Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Paul George says Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki was one of his favorite players growing up.

George got to be teammates with Nowitzki on Sunday at the 2019 All-Star game, and it was a very special moment for George, who used to beat his friends in video games back in the day with Dirk.

“You know, I just remember as a kid him being one of my favorite players just because he was so skilled at his size,” George told Dwain Price of Mavs.com. “I would beat teams spreading them out.

“I used to play the spread game back in the day, when people wasn’t on that game yet. On video games, I put Dirk at the (power forward spot), had him spread out. Whupping a lot of people’s butts on that.”

Dirk Nowitzki has his fingerprints on the entire NBA right now. All across the league, teams have big men shooting 3-pointers, and Nowitzki is the main reason why.

Dirk was the first stretch forward in NBA history. During his prime years with the Mavs, Nowitzki was unstoppable to defend in the pick-and-roll/pop game. His patented one-legged shot is up there with one of the most deadliest shots in league history.

Nowitzki is a guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer, and it’s cool that George got to play with him during All-Star weekend.