Posts Tagged ‘Dirk Nowitzki’

German fans thank Dirk Nowitzki

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDirk Nowitzki has had a long and storied career with the Dallas Mavericks and with his National Team, Germany. As Nowitzki’s basketball career winds down, he played for Germany this month during Eurobasket 2015, which was held in Germany, trying to help his country qualify for a spot in the 2016 Olympics. That run came to an end last night, as Germany was eliminated after a 77-76 loss to Spain. While Dirk hasn’t made an official announcement, this is likely the end of his international career.

And following the loss, the crowd in Germany gave Dirk a standing ovation, which brought him to tears…

Dirk Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At this point, we probably take Dirk Nowitzki for granted. After all, the seven-footer has been around the NBA for close to two decades, and has won an MVP award, a Finals MVP, and been an All-Star thirteen times. And he’s still doing it — Nowitzki will return this season and team up with new signee DeAndre Jordan for another run at the postseason.

How does Dirk do it? How did he go from the small town of Wurzburg, Germany, to becoming a global NBA superstar? There are answers to be found in a new movie called Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. The movie will be in theaters starting Friday, July 10, but for now, here’s the trailer…

VIDEO: Nowitzki: Perfect Shot

Dennis Schröder mixes soccer and hoops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schröder is a native of Germany, where despite the best efforts of NBA players like Dirk Nowitzki and Schröder, soccer remains king. After all, Germany won the 2014 World Cup. So leave it to Schröder to figure out a way to combine soccer and hoops in this Instagram video, where he shouts out German National Team member Jerome Boateng

Yo @jeromeboateng !!! What You got next 😎😎 #SchrodersSwagTeam #DS17 #FG #FlexGanG #TheGoldenPatch #NiceWithIt

A video posted by Dennis Schröder (@dennismike93) on

Dirk Nowitzki can still throw it down

VIDEO: Dirk’s alley-oop

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One moment from last night’s All-Star Game that didn’t get that much attention during the game was a simple alley-oop. Now, obviously an alley-oop isn’t all that special in the context of an All-Star game — almost every NBA player can complete an alley-oop. And an alley-oop to an NBA player that is 7-feet tall is even less surprising. But Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki spend most of his time closer to the perimeter than the rim, which is where he’s shown his greatest value throughout his MVP-winning career.

So when Dirk got out on the break last night and completed an alley-oop, he immediately began celebrating, breaking out his former teammate Vince Carter‘s “point to the sky” routine.


And why the huge celebration from Dirk? According to ESPN, it was his first alley-oop in the regular season in over a decade…

(via FTW)

Dirk Nowitzki, interview stopper

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A couple of days ago, Mavs broadcaster Skin Wade was just minding his own business, recording an interview with Chandler Parsons, when Dirk Nowitzki strolled by and with a flick of the wrist made quick work of the whole situation. My favorite part might be the way Parsons reacts, with equal parts surprise and confusion.

Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki

VIDEO: Dirk Nowitzki’s career scoring milestones

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki passed Houston Rockets legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Hakeem Olajuwon for 9th on the all-time scoring list on Tuesday night after he scored 23 points against the Sacramento Kings. He is now the highest-scoring player born outside the United States in NBA history.

Nowitzki has 26,953 points in his career and trails Moses Malone by only 456 points for seventh on the all-time list, which would move him past Elvin Hayes.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the incredible career of Dirk Nowitzki:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki

What’s your favorite Dirk Nowitzki moment? Leave your comments below!

Need help? Try some ‘Maverick Justice’

By Jeff Case

The Dallas Mavericks have got a pretty good grip on what goes viral in the NBA world, as evidenced by some of their recent videos (like Dirk Nowitzki in Run DMC and him pumping up office workers, the team parodying “Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Avengers”, asking fans to help design alternate unis, etc., etc.).

Their latest offering is “Maverick Justice”, which stars Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons as basketball players/lawyers (who quickly remind you they’re not really lawyers at all) …

“We do basketball, so you don’t have to.”

VIDEO: ‘Maverick Justice’ in Big D

(h/t Tim MacMahon)

The Dallas Mavericks are Run DMC

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great things about Dirk Nowitzki, maybe the best thing, is his apparent complete lack of self-awareness when asked to participate in goofy videos. He loves to sing and be silly, as we’ve seen again and again. And it don’t stop, because in this latest video from the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk teams up with Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons as some sort of new version of the seminal hip-hop group Run DMC, singing a remixed version of “Sucker M.C.’s.”



(via Skin Wade)

Throwback Thursday: All-time points leaders

VIDEO: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sets the NBA’s all-time scoring mark

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: All-Time Points Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time scoring leaders.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: TBT: All-time scoring leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time rebounds leaders
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders
All-time blocks leaders

Which of these players would you most want to clean up your misses? Leave your comments below!

Dirk Nowitzki can’t stop singing David Hasselhoff songs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, we looked into Dirk Nowitzki‘s long interest in the pop stylings of David Hasselhoff, including a recent performance of “Looking For Freedom” on a German talk show.

Now Dirk is back in Dallas and prepping for a new season with the Mavericks. And in between stops during media day, Nowitzki was asked to drop a few bars of whatever song he would sing to audition for “American Idol.” Without pause, Dirk went for The Hoff and gave a passionate performance…

VIDEO: Dirk Sings

(via TNLP)