They were down in the dumps, losing three straight just a week prior. Back to back wins against Washington and Charlotte allowed them to get back into the swing of things. Then Saturday night went down. The Mavericks turnaround win of the season, to say the least. Old? Perhaps. But Dirk Nowitzki is showing some signs; you know, that swagger that won him and his owner that ever elusive bling. The ring that is Dirk’s first ballot ticket to the Hall of Fame. Who has now legitimately entered the conversation for best PF of all time. He’s a winner and an unbelievable talent that the NBA has never seen. He can shoot the three with incredible consistency. He has the one leg kick back fall away jumper, which has others around the league attempting to mimic his move. Even Kobe Bryant, as he gets older is trying to add Dirk’s patented move to his repertoire.
He has never been voted as an All Star starter by the fans, always falling victim to household names like Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan. Now he finds himself watching as Blake Griffin and his highlight reel will occupy the starting squad for quite some time. But he doesn’t mind one bit: always making the squad as a virtual lock by coaches vote. He knows that his talent and on court performance speaks for itself. And in this condensed season, it has taken him quite some time to play his way back into shape and mid-season form, but he is finally there. Dropping 27 on Saturday night is only the beginning. This week will be yet another test, beginning with Tuesday night in Denver.
The funny thing about all of his success is this: On draft day, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Dirk a few picks after the Mavericks drafted Robert “Tractor” Traylor. Then they swapped picks. And the rest, as they say, is history.