Sunday, August 28th, 2011 at 12:10 pm  |  10 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Wins Germany’s Highest Athletic Award

We thought the NBA Championship was as good as it gets—well, yeah, it still is. But this is pretty impressive. Via ESPN Dallas: “Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was awarded Germany’s highest honor for sport on Sunday, amid hopes that he will lead his country’s team to the 2012 Olympics. German President Christian Wulff presented Nowitzki with the Silver Laurel Leaf, praising the Mavericks forward as one of the ‘giants of German sport.’ Nowitzki led the Mavericks to this year’s NBA title over the Miami Heat and was named the finals MVP. Wulff praised his fellow German for remaining ‘modest and restrained’ despite his success. Nowitzki frequently returns to Germany, where he and his sister run a foundation that supports children around the globe. Nowitzki will play for Germany at the European Championship, which starts Tuesday in Lithuania.’

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  • http://www.ballislife.com/profiles/blogs/kobetop10moments nbk

    The MV schnitzel

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER


  • dunkbar

    for kaman to get it, germany would need to win the european championship AND the olympics 2012 AND the world championship :o )

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    And his award- A nice, firm handshake from Hasslehoff

  • lukas

    sebastian vettel for example, who’s dominating the most important car-race series on earth at the moment…

  • BIgA

    Who else would’ve won? Kidding me?
    You people do realize that most Germans don’t care for anything but soccer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    BlgA is right. This is quite an accomplishment for the Big G.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    For an award I’ve never even heard of, this is a nobrainer.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    He will have a tough time to get Germany into the Olympics, only the 2 finalists of the Eurobasket are automatically invited. The rest will face some classification games in winter.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Co-sign 1982.