Posts Tagged ‘Dirk Nowitzki’

Dirk Nowitzki would like more cowbell

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great sketches in “Saturday Night Live” history came a few years ago, when Christopher Walken was guest-hosting. In this skit, Walken played music producer “THE Bruce Dickinson,” and during a session with the band Blue Oyster Cult, he kept requesting “More cowbell!” from Gene, one of the band members, played by Will Ferrell. (As I’m writing about the skit, I realize it’s probably funnier and makes more sense if you just go watch the original skit here.)

Anyway, here’s the Dallas Mavericks’ version of that sketch, with Dirk Nowitzki as Bruce Dickinson and, well, all the members of the Mavs as Gene. I gotta have more cowbell!

VIDEO: Mav Cowbell

Who is Stephen Curry?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA season tipping off tonight, and with reigning MVP Stephen Curry and the Warriors hosting the Pelicans tonight (TNT, 10:30 p.m. ET), there are probably more questions than answers right now. Which is why it makes sense that the game show “Jeopardy!” had an entire category dedicated to Curry last night.

How well do you know Curry? Here are the ques…er, here are the answers, with questions to follow…

$400 answer
Steph dishes out thank yous to cafeteria workers who he thinks made a special meal for him in an ad for this network.

$800 answer
When Steph is making an assist, AKA “dropping” this coin, he’s dishing it to someone else for the score.

$1,200 answer
If Steph dishes out 10 assists along with 10 points & 10 rebounds in a game, he achieves this coveted feat.

$1,600 answer
One of Steph’s best dishes at the 2015 All-Star Game was to this Maverick big man, AKA the Dunking Deutschman.

Steph dished & dealt in the NCAA, leading this Southern state’s Davidson College to the Elite Eight.

$400: What is ESPN?
$800: What is a dime?
$1,200: What is a triple-double?
$1,600: Who is Dirk Nowitzki?
$2,000: What is North Carolina?

(via FTW)

NBA players dress up for Halloween


Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs got into the holiday spirit on Saturday (via Instagram).

It was a festive night around the NBA on Saturday as the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City held costume parties to celebrate Halloween. Players on both squads took to social media to show off their new looks:

Russell Westbrook as Steven Adams is just as scary as Adams as The Joker.


Could Dirk Nowitzki outrun Peyton Manning?

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 2: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks runs up the court while Head Coach Rick Carlisle reacts during their game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the fun things about being on a team is the random arguments and discussions that happen along the way. You spend that much time with someone, all sorts of things get discussed.

For instance, as Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki said on Twitter, an argument the Mavs had recently in their locker room brings up an interesting question…

I’m going with Dirk all day in this one, but we’ll give you the chance to weigh in as well…

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!