Despite being credited by some as one of the crucial influential basketball players of all time, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has at all times been humble and, as a rule, slightly shy. While there’s nothing unsuitable with it, Nowitzki regrets he wasn’t daring at one point in his life.
A shy rookie
Nowitzki entered the league in 1998 as a 20-year-old prospect from Germany. On the time, there have been no YouTube and social media, so fans weren’t really aware of what he could do on the court. He didn’t like socializing, and it was comprehensible that the young “German Jesus” didn’t have loads of help aside from the Mavericks organization. Three-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf, a fellow German, was well aware of it, so he decided to supply assistance to his compatriot.
Nonetheless, Dirk selected not to succeed in out to Schrempf as he didn’t wish to bug “The Grand Teuton” along with his “petty rookie problems.” Reflecting on it, Nowitzki said he should’ve dialed Schrempf’s number more often for advice.
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“I used to be impressed by how nice Detlef was to me, and I desired to proceed that tradition,” Nowitzki told Sporting News in 2019. “I used to be too self-conscious to truly reach out to him, which is why we barely spoke. But that wasn’t me being too confident to say I didn’t need his help — I just didn’t wish to hassle him with my petty rookie problems. Looking back at it, I must have reached out more.”
Nowitzki boldly confessed that he learned from that mistake, and he has committed to helping the younger generation of German players the identical way Detlef did to him.
“Today, every young German player has my number. I at all times attempt to help at any time when anything comes up… It’s at all times an important feeling when kids are excited to see you. I obviously hope to encourage them as well… I hope to pass some things on to the subsequent generation,” he revealed.
Dirk has been doing it for years
When Nowitzki vowed to pay it forward, he was already in his twilight years within the league. But in response to his fellow German NBA player Franz Wagner, he has already been helping German basketball players by simply being a task model.
“That’s why he’s so necessary I feel for young German players,” Franz Wagner said of Nowitzki. “He sort of makes all of it seem possible.”
Indeed, Nowitzki has a special place within the hearts of German basketball players. And for his fans worldwide, he’ll at all times be an individual to look as much as, inside and outdoors the court.