Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  14 responses

Larry Bird Congratulates Dirk Nowitzki on Scoring Milestone

Classy move by Larry Legend, as he texted a congratulatory message to Nowitzki after Dirk passed him on the all-time scoring list. The Dallas Morning News reports: ” Dirk Nowitzki was on the Mavericks’ bus to the Orlando airport when his phone vibrated and he saw the text from Larry Legend. It was a congratulatory message from Larry Bird, the man Nowitzki passed on Tuesday night for 25th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. ‘That’s pretty cool,’ Nowitzki said. Pretty cool, indeed. Bird has been a fan of Nowitzki’s throughout his career and Nowitzki said he feels privileged and humbled by passing Bird. He’s also not going to spend too much time thinking about it. ‘It’s obviously an unbelievable accomplishment to be in the top 25 scorers in this amazing league with so many amazing players,’ Nowitzki said. ‘But it’s going to mean more to me when my career’s done. When I’m 15 or 20 years from now, I can look back and it’s something I’ll be proud of. But as of now, I’m still chasing the dream and trying to win a championship. But it’ll be a sweet one in 20 years.’”

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  • Yann Blavec

    And Sam Bowie congrats Yao for his career.

  • Justin

    Not exactly what people thought he would turn into when Don Nelson drafted him is he? Great career by Nowitzki so far and definitely deserves a ring, maybe the second most deserving IMO to Steve Nash. Yann, I think Bowie is getting ready to congratulate Oden first. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Great milestone. Congrats Dirk.

  • LB

    Justin, I was thinking the same thing. Who would have thought back then that a skinny German kid would end up having a better career than guys that were drafted ahead of him, like Antawn Jamison or Vince Carter?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i never really have liked nowitzkis game that much but cant deny that he has had an amazing career thus far

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Happy for Dirk. I think the Glove is up next on the top scorers list. I wonder when Dirk will pass him?

  • JTaylor21

    A Text? How original and personal Larry. Anyways Dirk will never be better than larry, no matter how many more pts he scores.

  • don

    good for dirk

  • Da Holy Karron

    Yea i do recall him being drafted by my Milwaukee Bucks and then trading him for Robert Traylor bad move indeed. Just like when they drafted Dr J and he went to the aba just saying.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Dirk is a bad man……. Is there anything more unstoppable at end of games that jet/dirk pick n pop? Or just dirk iso at top of key?

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Larry Bird Jr.

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

    I wonder if after it’s all said and done if Dirk is going to crack the top 20…top 15… where can we find the list?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    GEIL, einfach hammergeil.
    Dirk Werner rocks.

  • dude1394


    He needs 15 to pass payton. 4870 to make top 10.

    24. Gary Payton 21813
    25. Dirk Nowitzki 21798