Now in his 20th season in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players around. He has won almost all awards the league has to offer and is continuing to play at a very high level despite already being 39 years old. He also has the one-legged fadeaway jumper in his bag of tricks, which is still unstoppable and makes him a threat on the offensive end.
There are a number of players who are trying to replicate his famous move, including Joel Embiid. When the two faced off on Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers center admitted that he wanted to pull it off during the game on Nowitzki himself. However, he added, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN, that things did not go according to plan as he lost control of the ball when it was stolen from him.
“I wanted to use his move against him. I almost did, but the ball got stripped,” Embiid said.
Embiid and the Sixers had the upper hand on the night, as they came out with the win on the road, 112-110. The victory gave them their second of the young season in six games. The 7-foot Cameroonian also recorded an impressive stat line of 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of action.
With both teams still slated to meet once again on April 8, it will be very interesting to see if Embiid will be able to do the patented move of Nowitzki and how the German international will defend it. However, with him knowing the 76ers big man will try to pull it off against him, it definitely adds to its degree difficulty.