|"All dreams are crazy. Until they come true. | Dirk Did it" - Nike T-Shirt|
Though I never have absolute favorites, I've always admired Dirk and had a soft spot for the Mavericks. I had Dallas picked at the start of the season but as custom for Mavs fans was (understandably) subdued come postseason. They made an improbable run. Beating Portland who were tipped to upset, sweeping the reigning champion Lakers, defeating the ascendant Thunder and avenging "Heel Heat" in the Finals. Dirk's road to glory couldn't be any more dramatic and come to a more deserving player.
|Dirk Nowitkzki at the Frankfurt Snipes Store|
- Find more pictures here, "Dirk did it at Snipes FFM"
- Video of Nowitzki's Meet & Greet, Dirk Kommt promo
- Video of Nowitzki at Frankfurt Snipes, Dirk Nowitzki bei SNIPES in Frankfurt am Main
- Go to the official Snipes Shop site
One of the recurring themes of my travels is "happiness". Spending a year being able to act on one's every whim, you start wondering "to what end?". I think the best recipe for happiness is to find purpose, to reach for a goal. More often than not our goals can seem unattainable but it only makes success that much sweeter when it's achieved.
Follow Dirk's championship story charting his journey from tragedy to triumph:
|D.Wade almost singlehandedly wills his Miami Heat to a Championship|
|Baron Davis leads the Golden State Warriors to upset the Mavs in Round 1|
VIDEO: Dirk Nowitzki's Championship Game 6 Press Conference
Transcript: Dirk Nowitzki after winning the NBA Championship (June 12, 2011)
DIRK NOWITZKI: I don't really think that way right now. If you're in this league for 13 years of just battling and playoffs last basically ten years, 11 years, and always coming up a little short. That's why this is extra special. If I would have won one early in my career, maybe I would have never put all the work and the time in that I have over the last 13 years. So this feels amazing...Update:
Man, this is what I obviously played for the last couple of years. I think when you come in in this league you want to establish yourself. All these All-Star Games and all those things are nice, in scoring, but when you get to a certain age, you've basically seen it all, and all you play for is for that ring.
This graphic details how much of an underdog feat the Dallas Mavericks accomplished in 2011
|Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry leads |
the Dallas Mavericks past the doubters