Mavericks news: Dirk Nowitzki’s legendary NBA career came to an end last season, when the future Hall of Famer decided to retire from playing professional basketball. He spent 21 years in the league, where he accomplished a lot both for himself and the franchise.
Although Nowitzki has already passed the torch to Slovenian sensation and Rookie of the Year winner Luka Doncic, he still wants to see the younger guys in the league succeed. In an interview with Alex Squadron of Slam Online, Dirk gave an advice to the NBA newcomers who want to carve a great basketball career.
“Well, I always try to see myself as a student of the game. It sounds silly, but never think that you’ve made it. Somebody else is working out in the gym. Always try to get better. Listen and learn. Watch your veterans. And just always, every summer, try to add something new to your game and never stay the same player. That’s how I always looked at it. I never wanted to be satisfied. I always wanted to be the best player I could be. It’s really all about hard work and putting the time in. To be consistently good for a long, long time takes a lot of work.”
When Nowitzki came into the NBA back in 1998, nobody thought that he’d become one of the best power forwards of all-time. He only averaged 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in his rookie season. But he didn’t stop working hard. He was also fortunate to have veterans AC Green and Hot Rod Williams to help him become a better player.
Dirk ended up becoming a 14-time All-Star, a league MVP, and a champion. He’s also been recognized as the greatest international player of all-time. But he didn’t achieve all of these just by sheer talent alone. He put a lot of work both on and off the court, and that’s one of the main reasons why he had a successful and lengthy NBA career.
And now, he wants to see one of today’s rising stars become the next superstar in the league.
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