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Dirk Nowitzki. BY Cameron Barnett. Early Years. Dirk Nowitzki was born on June 19, 1978 in Wurzburg, Germany. As a child, Nowitzki mostly favored playing handball and tennis .

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Dirk nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki

BY Cameron Barnett

Early years
Early Years

  • Dirk Nowitzki was born on June 19, 1978 in Wurzburg, Germany.

  • As a child, Nowitzki mostly favored playing handball and tennis.

  • When Nowitzki was 15 years old he trained with HolgerGeschwiner, a member of the 1972 West German Olympic basketball team. Holger took a broad based approach in his tutelage and enrolled Dirk in systematic training in fields such as saxophone, guitar, fencing, and chess in addition to basketball.

  • At age 16, Nowitzki joined the DJK Wurzburg X-Rays, a second division team in the German Bundesliga.

  • On September 1, 1997 he was drafted into a mandatory stint with the German army.

  • In March of 1998, Nowitzki traveled with the International Junior Select Team to the Nike Hoop Summit game in to take on the top American high school seniors - a team that included Rashard Lewis and Al Harrington.

Nowitzki and the dallas mavericks
Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks

  • Skipped college to become a professional basketball player.

  • Nowitzki became only the 4th German player in NBA history.

  • On December 2, 2004, Nowitzki scored 53 points in an overtime win against the Houston Rockets, a career best. As a reward, Nowitzki was voted to the All-NBA First Team for the first time. By being elected to the All-NBA First Team, Nowitzki became the first player who did not attend a United States high school or college to be on the All-NBA First Team.

Known for
Known For…

  • Great step-back shot ( fade-away jump shot)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfewOvwxMR0&feature=related This video features many players commenting on Dirk’s famous jump shot.

  • Best at his position in the NBA

  • His style of play is compared to Larry Bird

Career highlights
Career highlights

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpPhpotcxk8 This video features Nowitzki in the 2011 NBA west conference playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jg7DsXp74s&feature=related This video features Nowitzki at an NBA All Star 3 point Challenge event.

Personal life
Personal life

  • Prefers a calm quite life.

  • Loves playing the saxophone.

  • Godfather of NBA player Steve Nash’s Granddaughters.

  • When Dirk steps up to shoot free throws he hums Looking for Freedom to calm himself. The song was a big hit in Germany when Nowitzki was younger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ot_katYYiU

Works cited
Works Cited

  • "Dirk Nowitzki." - MavsWiki. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. <http://mavswiki.com/index.php?title=Dirk_Nowitzki>.

  • "In Love with a Fraud." SPIEGEL ONLINE. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. <http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,632393,00.html>.

  • Libs76. "Looking For Freedom - David Hasselhoff." YouTube. YouTube, 30 Apr. 2006. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ot_katYYiU>.

  • NBA. "Dirk Nowitzki: Deadly Step-Back." YouTube. YouTube, 10 Feb. 2011. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfewOvwxMR0>.