Video: Mavs icon Dirk Nowitzki misses penalty shot off goalpost during charity game
Dirk Nowitzki is a sure-fire basketball Hall of Famer, but the Dallas Mavericks icon is not that good on the soccer pitch.
The Mavs legend recently appeared in a charity game, where he had an embarrassing moment, as he missed an easy penalty shot and did not even bother to make a follow-up attempt.
Dirk from the penalty spot 😆
— ESPN (@espn) July 21, 2019
Nevertheless, Nowitzki drew a lot of cheers from the crowd during the “Champions for Charity” game. The 14-time NBA All-Star and former NBA Most Valuable Player reportedly helped raise around $112,000 on Sunday’s event, which was organized by German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen, per Joey Hayden of Sportsday.
Nowitzki has been appearing in several sporting events since his retirement. He hosted a charity baseball game in Frisco last month and also took a ceremonial penalty kick at an FC Dallas game last May. The 41-year-old icon is enjoying his retirement, and he recently declared that he is planning to spend more time with his family.
“I want to get away for a year or two and travel and enjoy the family,” Nowitzki said via Dwain Price of Mavs.com. “I’m sure there’s another challenge out there waiting for me. Whether that’s with the Mavs or in another field, I have no idea. But as of now I don’t think that’s something I think about.”
Nowitzki spent his entire 21-year career in the NBA with the Mavs, which he led to a championship in 2011. In 21 seasons, he averaged 20.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field on top of 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.