Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 4:40 pm  |  27 responses

The Germanator

Dirk Nowitzki in his more ambitious hair days.

Dirk NowitzkiPhoto by Thierry Desfontaines
Originally published in SLAM 61

You’ve seen the NBA commercial. You know, the one where they make fun of Dirk’s haircut his rookie year and show him shooting what we can only guess were countless jump shots in a dark gym. At this point, it’s safe to say he wisely did away with the hair and the jumpers—they paid off.—Adam Fleischer

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  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yayy, it’s Dirk Werner. Top 10 all world Player and cool guy in general.

  • rob stewart

    He helped transform the expectations of 7 footers. But his heart and leadership have always been questioned. He will soon be forgotten and underatted.

  • wilz

    he did away with the jumpers??what??….

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    sometimes when I think of the stars of this game, I almost tend to forget about Dirk. All I have to do is check his stats, and damn man, offensively this guy is so great (stating the obious here, I know). And he’s been doing it for years now.

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  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    where would he rank among the greatest if he got a ring in 05?

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    oh and which commercial are you talking about adam? is there a link to it somewhere?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    good point. Never saw this commercial. Link, please?

  • jose

    dont u mean ’06 davidR?

  • http://raymondwaworuntu@yahoo.com ray”crash the rim”

    dirk is best player in nba

  • Zydrunas Illgauskas

    Dirk got robbed by the NBA (Refs) an DWade…

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-Hoops4life- Overtime

    Really, it should have been 05, 06 or 07

  • larrylegend

    dark, i think it was the nba commercial “where amazing happens”, with the photo he and nashty holding mavs jerseys. it’s true, good guys finish last, but he is what he his and didn’t try to copy someone (i look at you kobe). and he has the sweetest stroke since larry bird. and he has heart, mostly when he wears a germany jersey…ask okur about 2005.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    ask Garbajosa about it too, and Pau, and the players for most european national teams from all major tournaments from 04-06. Dirk was a stone cold killer for Deutschland then. Beijing was an aberration in his nationalteam play.

  • larrylegend

    i agree 100% with you, dark, without dirk germany would have sucked big time in international competition since 2000…man, germany is all about soccer. yeah, i remeber the 2005 euro semi like it was yesterday, cocky spains loosed to potato-germany…lol. and if the refs would have made the right calls in bejing vs. host china…anyway, i still think dirk could be a better player (passing, rebounding since 2006), but he is unique, we won’t see someone like him for a long time…

  • larrylegend

    i agree 100% with you, dark. the 2005 em semi was a highlight for dirk and german bball (our commentator went nuts, it was a joy). i really would like to see him more rebounding and drive to the hoop, like 2006 vs. the spurs.

  • larrylegend

    if only the refs would make the right calls in the end vs. host china in beijing….

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  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Larrylegend, i take it you are talking about Frank Buschmann on DSF going NUTS during the semi-win against Spain? One of the most enthusiastic sports commentating i’ve ever seen. As you said, a joy to watch.

  • larrylegend

    hell yeah, buschi is the best…can’t wait for the eurobasket, hope they televise it in soccer-germany.

  • D12FSU

    THE POLISH HAMMER and THE GERMINATOR working together in the backcourt next season…thatll be fun

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    umm, backcourt? Dirk’s playing point-forward all of a sudden?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    barmitzva! nba stylee`.

  • D12FSU

    ***frontcourt**** my b

  • http://deleted hillbilly

    So, is this look supposed to be “Magnum” or “Blue Steel”? I’m so confused…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    thought that was el tigre? Oh well, enough with the Zoolander talk. Hey, Dallas did NOT get Gortat, Orlando matched and signed him. Yayy, Mavs are, for loss of a better word in this situation, F*%KED!

  • Gortat_or_Not

    This is gonna be the year. Mavs vs cavs finals!!