Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm  |  17 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Considered Playing College Basketball

Dirk went on the Dan Patrick Show today, saying more than 30 US colleges offered him scholarships. The three schools Nowitzki visited before ultimately going straight to the L were Kentucky, Cal and Stanford: “[Dirk] said that he didn’t go to America to play high school ball because he didn’t want to be converted to a traditional back-to-the-basket player. Nowitzki said that he visited Kentucky, Stanford and Cal. But he went straight to the NBA.”

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  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    What, no Auburn?
    Barkley won’t like that.
    Also, if he had gone to Kentucky he would’ve played with Jamal Magloire and Tayshaun Prince.

  • theDankerNuggets

    hm interesting that he didn’t want to be converted to a back to the basket player

  • J.G.

    Dirk Nowitzki will be better then Larry Bird (me and scottie pippen have the same drug dealer)

  • http://null.com Anon

    I was funny when you posted it on the other sotry JG

  • T-Money

    Yeah, some coaches don’t always get it. Word is KD wanted to go to UNC until Roy Williams started talking that noice at the 4-spot.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Oh no, how did he ever survive in the NBA without all the fundamentals that he would have learned in college basketball?

  • SikhWitIt

    I’ve never understood why he can’t SUPPLEMENT his existing game with “back-to-the-basket” moves? It doesn’t make any sense. That’s what I love about MJ, he was always working to add dimension and depth to his game; after all, we didn’t see that post-fadeaway much until the mid-90s.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Lmao!@J.G….tha same drug dealer. Yea cus Scottie be on some sh*t man

  • RoG23

    ummm, it says “traditional” back to the basket player. he does have back to the basket moves. he just fades away on them. he didnt want some coach forcing him to gain 50 lbs and just spin and dunk on people. thats just not him.

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

    enigmatic, you do realize what year dirk was drafted and what years tay was in college, right?

  • SikhWitIt

    I was speaking generally, not in regards to what college coaches would’ve turned him into. He’s a seven footer and would be far more dangerous if he developed a decent jump hook and a couple of effective post-moves. Right now, the scouting report on him is to body him up so he doesn’t feel comfortable taking that jumper. I say embrace it, and attack your weakness by becoming a paint player too.

  • RoG23

    ibaka bodied him up a couple times. dirk spun and had an open lane. dirk is a high caliber player. the scouting report on him should only say “make sure 41″ doesnt touch the ball. the hard part is if the role players knock down shots. which they have been doing consistently.

  • RoG23

    every player has weaknesses. but sometimes if they work hard enough their strengths overshadow them.

  • ab40

    look I’ve seen the us do this to a lot of players they make you add 30 pounds, put you in the post let you play with a guard that doesn’t know how to pass the ball and generaly put so much air in your head about basketball that isn’t true that the only thing you can do at the end of the day is brainfart and retire. Plus who cares he’s in the leauge now in the finals again ready to give the heat a good run for their money. I’m looking forward to it. Don’t you?

  • http://www.arbys.com LilKDub503

    Yeah, J.G., it was only funny when it was untrue. My dad, a long-time connoisseur of the NBA, said “If you watch Dirk, you damn near seen Larry Bird.”

  • León

    Dirk and Larry?!!?!?!?!?!? yeah right! never in the world maybe in the drug universe of scotie pippen. How was Larry in defense and Irk (cause got no D)


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