Once Considered Soft, Dirk Nowitzki Was Ahead of His Time

December 29th, 2016 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

Let's go back 15 or so years to when Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki were best-bud Dallas Mavericks teammates establishing their excellence in the NBA and always hanging out to shoot in the gym together at night.

For lunches, they would swing through Eatzi's Market & Bakery, the ahead-of-its-time semi-supermarket that, at the turn of the century, gave Dallas cultured, ready-made, healthy eating—and even cultured classical or opera music playing inside its glass doors.

Not exactly the stereotypical NBA hotspot.

But Nash and Nowitzki have long since proved how they transcend stereotypes.

Nash reluctantly retired in 2015. He didn't go kicking and screaming, if only because it's not his style—and his broken-down body wouldn't allow such gyrations anyway.

Nowitzki, 38, is at that doorstep now.

And while he's still playing, it's time to appreciate how—same as Nash—Nowitzki has changed us and our game more than we and our game changed him.

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