Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  21 responses

Dirk Nowitkzi: ‘I Feel Ashamed When the Entire Focus Is on Me’

In a wide-ranging, and very candid interview with German media outlet Spiegel Online, Dirk Nowitzi opens up about a number of subjects, including his aversion to fame: “SPIEGEL: You are now a German-American idol. Nowitzki: ‘To be honest, I slowly have the feeling that I’m not cut out for such moments.’ SPIEGEL: What do you mean? Nowitzki: ‘Well, at the very least I don’t behave terribly competently. I feel ashamed when the entire focus is on me. I think people can see that. In public appearances, I am stiff as a board.’ SPIEGEL: You were chosen as the most valuable player of the finals. The fans see you as the player who led the Dallas Mavericks to the title. Does the sudden affection of American fans make you uncomfortable? Nowitzki: ‘I don’t think that I played all that exceptionally in the finals. If we hadn’t played so well together as a team, it would have been disastrous. When the whistle blew to end the sixth and decisive game, blood rushed to my head. Without even thinking about what I was doing, I ran toward the locker room.’ SPIEGEL: The game was still going on when you fled. There were still a couple of seconds on the clock. Nowitzki: ‘I only know that many of our PR people ran after me. They yelled: ‘Stay here. You can’t do that. The trophy is going to be presented.’ I said: ‘I don’t want it.’ I got into the shower, pressed my face into a towel and began to cry. Then I heard them yelling again. ‘Dirk!’ I said: ‘They should give it to someone else.’ Not exactly worthy of a champion, is it?’ SPIEGEL: After you calmed down, you received the trophy as a team captain should. Nowitzki: ‘Yes, thank God. It was close.”

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  • rich

    you can see why he is such a good shooter, he never is satisfied and always wants to be better

  • Simon

    “In public appearances, I am stiff as a board”. Haha. He wasn’t that stiff during the parade: We are the champions, we are the champions, no time for losers…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRROpiNAvPw EJ

    Dirk has no ego. So glad he won instead of Miami.

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  • dahon


  • Dagger

    Guys like Dirk, Durant and Rose are everything the league should be. Respect.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    What he’s trying to say is that he wouldn’t be inclined to participate in a pre-season rockstar welcome party for himself.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    Imagine if nobody in the league had outrageous egos…sportsmanship and humility, that’s new and refreshing. One of the best Finals/Entire Playoffs I’ve seen in a long time, keep Dirkin’ em.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dirk is the same cat he always was, and that is cool. Just like Iverson stayed true to himself, Dirk stayed true to himself, and that’s why I respect him as a player now.
    He could have folded when I, along with most of the basketball world, wrote him off as soft after the GSW lost, but instead he got in the lab and got better. You have to respect that about him. And he still shows the same vulnerability now that got him ridiculed back in the day. Only now, since he’s a winner, everybody talks about how refreshing it is and better than what LeBron and Wade do.
    The moral is that you can’t let media people dictate your opinions on things. You have to really think for yourself and get some competing information.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And people praise Dirk and Rose and Durant, but then idolize Jordan.
    Jordan, on the court and off the court, was the exact opposite of those three players.
    You people are crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    ^it’d be boring. Every league needs some wrestling personas.

  • alex80

    @Allenp Dirk felt relief when you said you respect him as a player now.

  • Heals

    Love the humility, just not enough of it in the world today. But with that said, LA Huey is on point. The Finals was an excellent contrast in team styles, but even then Dallas had a dude like DeShawn poppin off. I guess I’m just kinda hypocrite cause on the whole I wish more heads were humble, but every now and again in life you need top let folks know “I can’t feel my face”…

  • al

    Jordan had a human side too, and was graceful when called upon and didn’t shy away from being vulnerability while being competitive at the same time, he didn’t float arrogance he if he had some ego flaws and gambling and women issues

  • MikeC.

    Every player in the NBA has a huge ego. They have to in order to keep believing they’re the best at what they do. Some guys just handle the public better. Guys that repeatedly eff up aren’t necessarily total jerks. They just need better publicists.

  • monkeyball

    I don’t know how Dirk didn’t fold after Allenp wrote him off. Respect.

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dirk doesn’t care what I think. But, it’s a punk move to start praising a guy after you trashed him without first admitting that you trashed him and were wrong.
    And Jordan was arrogant on the floor and off it. He was also a beast. Him being a beast is why people give him a pass for everything else.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No, guys like Kobe, Wade, KG, Bron, Rose, Dirk and KD are everything the league should be about. Their off the court demeanor is irrelevant because at the end of the day they should be judged strictly on their on the court skills. That other emotional ish is for the birds

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    My comment was directed towards 1982. I love styles and personalities. They make the game more entertaining. It’s what makes me tune into a game featuring the teams of Stephen Jackson and Baron Davis. I love how the Spurs are, for the most part, geeks and homebodies. I’m amused with how OKC’s led by a bunch of college-aged hipsters. I like that Chicago and Dallas have soft-spoken superstars flanked by some of the biggest ish-talkers in the L. I feel like the personalities give us fans incentive to pick sides when our home teams aren’t playing.

  • Thor

    @AllenP MJ had more media and people around him than anybody. He handled that as well as you could in his situation. Yes he did have some not so classy acts, but most of the time he was able to carry himself as a gentleman and speak his mind, plus being able to entertain and being a fan favor. In my mind he did the best he could do.