Mag Minute: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs forward
January, 27, 2013
By Theresa Manahan | ESPN.com
Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsNowitzki respects an ex-teammate, reveres Ali and loves cars: German-made, of course.Editor's note: This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 4 Perfect Issue. Subscribe today!
After 14 years in the NBA, German-born Dirk Nowitzki is an 11-time All-Star and the Dallas Mavericks' all-time leading scorer. After missing the first two months of the 2012-13 season due to injury, Nowitzki is averaging 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
What was the most unrealistic New Year’s resolution you ever made?
To be a better person. I try, but it’s hard.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
That I have no personality.
Who would you say is the most media-savvy athlete?
Jason Kidd. He’s very intelligent, very smart and has a great vocabulary.
If you could go to dinner with one person, dead or alive, whom would it be?
Chip WassYoung Dirk had a crush on Steffi.
The greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. He signed some gloves for me when I won the NBA championship. That was a great moment.
What is your most prized possession?
My cars. I’m not big on material things, but I like my cars. They are German-made and custom-made.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I don’t have one, but when I was young it was Steffi Graf. She was one of the greatest tennis players to ever play the game, and she is German -- that got me.