Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  33 responses

Nuggets Still Upset About the Dirk/Kenyon Thing

by Marcel Mutoni

Denver may have a commanding lead in their series against Dallas, but the fact that Kenyon Martin was fined $25K for shoving Dirk Nowitzki out of bounds in Game 1 is still eating away at them.

George Karl used his time with the press yesterday to blast the League’s decision, and called the fine “crazy”.

The best thing to come out of this entire nonsense, though, is the mini feud between Nuggets VP of player personnel Rex Chapman and the man at the center of the controversy, Dirk Nowitzki.

The Star-Telegram reports:

Said Denver vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman: “He’s a very good actor, and that’s part of the game.” This is not a new development, of course. The Dallas Mavericks star has been accused of flopping before. And he will be again. At playoff time, when every play is magnified and analyzed to ridiculous extremes, Nowitzki knows the drill. Kenyon Martin gave him a shove to the hardwood in the first quarter of Game 1. Martin was fined $25,000 for the act. Now, Nowitzki’s getting jabs from long-forgotten NBA players.

“I didn’t know Rex Chapman was still alive,” Nowitzki said Tuesday.

“I don’t think I acted on that play. It was pretty obvious that I drove baseline, got bumped, got the foul and kept on driving. Sometimes with the continuation in this league, he wanted to make sure I didn’t lay it in and give them [the refs] a chance to count the basket. “I don’t think I am necessarily an actor. I try to play hard. And that’s about it.”

Yes, Dirk, Rex is still very much alive. And if your teammates don’t pick up some of those acting skills soon, it’s your team that will be pronounced dead.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Gotta give props to Dirk for the Rex is still alive? line. That’s fantastic.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    hehe. The “soft” one is picking up his trashtalk game along with his offense. Nice comeback, Dirk. Rex? Props for looking out for your team, but go take a ride on a swing now, mmkay. The adults are playing now.

  • ENDS

    International Players have been kiiling it with the good quotes latley

  • German Reignman

    the only real important thing is, he got more free throws than in game 1 … nice comeback line though … it`d be even better if they won the game

  • ENDS

    should’ve never tought them ****** any english! Dont know how to apreciate ****

    what am gone do bout my legs Dirk Nowitzki!

  • The Starks Knight

    ENDS…I concur.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Dirk played pretty damn well last night though. The Mavs just don’t have the horses. And yeah, Diek wins the flmae war with “Rex is still alive?”

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    LMAO @ the Dirk quote…that was fantastic…

  • malanacream

    the only thing that matters is Nene kicking everybody asses in the paint.

  • http://lamarcusaldridge.com Dean Tharp

    I hate Dirk. I’m Glad That Happened to him.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    The Nuggets have a point. Why was Kenyon fined for what was essentially a push but Rondo who threw Hinrich into the press table wasn’t fined?

  • http://www.liveddb.com DDB

    The same reason Rodman and Rasheed got fined for lesser offenses than other players. The reputation he developed early in his career has stuck with him.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Dirk is one heck of a flopper.

  • http://www.fap.com nate the great

    K-marts a beast, and dirk is a puss. yeah his quote was funny, but he sucks major di(k. Nash shoulda got 3 mvp’s in arow.
    Nuggs in 4

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    damn dirk! as soft as people perceive him to be, i don’t ever remember seeing him flop a la devin, pierce, ginobli, varejao, etc

  • horsey

    sometimes i have to stop myself from reading marcel’s last line before i get there. nice work homie. truly a style that will always be entertaining.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Are you serious davidR? I’m trying to think of another seven footer who falls down every single time someone touches his arm.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    ah, the patented and utterly annoying Dirkbashing courtesy of Slamonline. How refreshing.

  • JQ

    Exactly….it’s usually the white players that get bashed….also, for all the smack from the TNT crew about him ‘admitting they can check him’, he sure did have a great game…2 great games to be exact…Dirk is a friggin baller

  • joeyB

    diRk is a biG baby about everythinG

  • jk_light

    Dirk scored 28 and 35 Points on better than 50% shooting against the good defensive Big Man of the Nuggets. What a bad player he is.

  • http://slamonline.com DONONE


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  • German Reignman

    Jukai, is that you in your Seed-Disguise and a new screenname ? Sure looks like it …

  • Erik

    i did’nt know rex champman was still alive” -Dirk

    ahhaah, thats was hilarious, it cracks me up

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

    who knew dirk was funny?

  • phil

    This is the first time Nuggets fans have tasted playoff success in over a decade, and by god, they’re going to enjoy it with some old fashioned Dirk bashing!

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    OMG Dirk is so wackk. (good player, but acts like a pansy) can anyone tell me why kmart got a tech yesterday? he just took ryan hollins greasy hands off of him…jeez

  • Thomas

    @ MeloMan13 you got to be kidding me… the worst part of it was that ryan hollins got the technical… kmart was acting all thuggish as usual just because hollins tried to keep him from falling down to the hardwood after the foul… stupid denver thuggets… hate ‘em
    and on another note those dirk is soft entries keep getting old as well… just look at the guys stat line over the last DECADE!!! thx

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

    I wish I was Erika Dampier…I would set a beautiful screen on Kenyon… smack those lips clean of his neck.

  • larrylegend

    dirk’s line is only topped by yao’ “see u in the club”. martin ain’t the smartest…dirk’s not flopping!

  • LJ23 LeBron

    stupid, stupid .

  • http://www.jolie-live.com/movies/babe Melany Quain

    Now, that is a good start however i’m going to look into that a bit more. Will let you know exactly what else there really is.