Dirk Nowitzki: Loyalty Makes Mavericks’ Nowitzki One-of-a-Kind
Dirk Nowitzki’s Loyalty Stands out from the Rest
It’s not often that a professional athlete remains with a team for 13 years from the moment he was drafted.
Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki has been the face of the Mavericks for over a decade.
Said Mavericks president Donnie Nelson to the Dallas Morning News, via the Sacramento Bee:
“Dirk has sacrificed so much for this franchise, it can’t be reduced to words. There’s so much that he’s done that fans will never know. he loved this city when it wouldn’t love him back in the early years.
“He stood up for it in ‘06 and ‘07 when critics said we were failures that would never recover. he chose it last summer when he could have taken an easier path to the championship. There isn’t anything he hasn’t put on the line for this franchise and this city.”
Indeed, Nowitzki has had plenty of opportunities to high-tail it out of Dallas in search of his first NBA championship, but his loyalty to a team that has constantly been restructured and tweaked marks him as not only a special player, but a special person.
In essence, Nowitzki is the antithesis to the greedy athlete, the me-first individual, the money-hungry. he understands that the game is more about than even a championship; it’s playing the game with respect and making a name for yourself based on who you are, not what you’ve done.
If Nowitzki doesn’t win a championship, there’s a chance he’ll get lost in the history books from time to time, that people will mark his career with an asterisk, that current champions will be spotlighted as his name dims.
But one thing’s for sure: he will always be remembered in Dallas for the person that he was.
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