Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  30 responses

Dirk Nowitzki’s Unique Shooting Drills

Dirk’s unconventional game is by no means an accident — every strange (yet incredibly effective) move he pulls off in a game is a result of hours and hours of practice and repetition. Here’s a snippet from the Star-Ledger, but be sure to read the entire thing: “On the morning of May 21, the ESPN crew working inside the TV truck on the loading dock at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City looked up at their monitors to behold an extraordinary sight. They were there to merely test their cameras for the third game of the Dallas-OKC series that night, but their focus was now on a 65-year-old man with a gaunt face and humorless eyes, silver patches on the sides of his head, and freakishly long arms. Holger Geschwindner took off his pants without any concern for who was watching, then pulled on his sweats, and when he was done he and Dirk Nowitzki began their workout … ‘And then, it just got crazy,’ said Bob Salmi, whose pals rolled cameras and captured it from every angle. ‘It was a 50-minute workout, and one of the most bizarre things I ever saw in basketball.’ … Geschwindner had him doing stuff like this: • A pirouette at the foul line, spinning 360 degrees off one shoulder and shooting; then reversing the spin and shooting. You get dizzy just watching it. • One-footed jumpers — both right and left, both with leg extended and knee bent — from every mid-range angle, with or without glass. All of it is the kind of up-the-ladder stuff you pull out to finish a game of H-O-R-S-E. • Something we’ll call the Groucho Marx: He’d take two long strides while still in a crouch, pick up a rolling ball, then shoot. Going both ways. • The Eiffel Tower: Dirk spreads his legs as far as they can go (say, 2½ feet beyond his shoulder width), reach over to touch a foot with both hands, and then catch-and-shoot from that very awkward, open position. This is the one that makes every male shield his eyes.”

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  • shuref00t

    Dirk would be the last guy I’d ever want to play HORSE against.

  • Jer dawg

    Only in Europe….he gets results. Hard to say anything about that. But I still can’t watch the Finals. Boring.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    It’s an absolute shame it took me this long to appreciate and love Dirk’s game. Such a joy to watch. SO EXCITED for tonight!

  • Fat Lever

    “Amateurs keep doing it until they get it right/Pro’s do it so much until they can’t get it wrong”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Those damn Germans…..just walking around pantless with no regard for human life! :)

  • Thomas

    Great player and a even better person. I hope he wins it!

  • Riggs

    i used to HATE dirk, hate him for no apparent reason. But damn do i appreciate his game after seeing him be mostly unstoppable and just torching teams with his crazy shots. If he was going against my team i would despise the dude still though.

  • Sparker

    the philosophy seems to be “practice shooting off-balance all over the court.” pretty interesting, considering most drills involve trying to repeat your ideal form from a specific spot. i wonder if he does that every time, or just during certain workouts.

  • rich

    im sure he practices footwork both ways but imagine if he had some coach who said ” what are you doing get yo ass down low” we would never see something like this. dirk is a lesson to coaches to not try to change players, try to improve their playstyle

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    cosign riggs, i dunno what it was but i really didn’t like him, AND nash, when they were playing together.
    now im a fan of both guys, weird eh

  • AT33

    where’s the video?

  • Paul

    Oh yeah its going down, The NBA finals. I know everybody taking about Lebron James, but I’m going with Dirk Nowitzki. How can you stop a 7 footer with a fade away and can shoot 3 pointer. Let’s go Dallas. Found a few tickets here. http://goo.gl/Wel8y

  • TimmyJim

    i am timmy jim?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    I hated him because he got the mvp and got eliminated in the first round + he’s German.
    Nothing against German people anymore since going there earlier this year.. :D

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I saw a clip of this on ESPN – that was a weird looking workout, but with the results, you can’t argue against it. Literally practicing fall-away jumpers on one foot. Barely any jumping, but dude’s 7′. If he wins, welcome more Euro players than ever, all drafted by the Cavs in an attempt to beat the Heat.

  • KwamePooh

    @ Max where have you been in germany

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Also lmao @ 1982

  • L

    Pete maravich would still beat Dirk at horse in my book.L

  • youngmuggsy

    I think I’d rather be a terrible shooter than put myself through all that.

  • David

    Hey what ever works for him.

  • Demigod

    I like that but cats are on his tip too much, he a great shooter no doubt but it’s da D that WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Don’t aks about capital, i gots plenty.

  • bike

    The real secret behind his workout is training with a 65 year old guy named Holger Geschwindner. In addition to catching and shooting the ball in awkward positons he has to yell out the guy’s name 10 times if he misses.

  • KwamePooh

    @Max damn dresden is in saxony they dont even speak german there lol next time come to berlin

  • Louis

    LOL @bike

  • datniceguy


    There ya go. You see Geschwindner in the background. If you search “Nowitzki Workout” on YouTube you find a really old video where Dirk does one of the drills that the children do as well, so these drills are legit. Huh, how silly would I look if I tried these in public…

  • OvaChicken

    That’s great stuff of course but sadly to Dirk only in a game of horse. Not in the finals where cats would gouge you eyes out cmon man , you even ever played ball at crunchtime ? All the D would have to do is…oh i’m sorry ”Dirk tears tendon in his left middle finger.” c’mon everybody Aaahhhh, Poor dirk. I recall Bill Russell talking about how he used to look for any cat with tape on his hand before tip-off so he knew what he had to do to tare that ish up. while Dirk soundin like Lobe Bryant already. My pinky hurts. MAn Up BeeeHatch !!

  • http://www.slamoline.com Max

    Well, I spoke English against them ;)


    Good fer Ya BAWBAG !

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