Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki gets respect from LeBron

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki received praise from fellow future Hall of Famer LeBron James during his visit to Germany on Sept. 3.

The Dallas Mavericks are bringing back Dirk Nowitzki for his historic 21st season with the team.  Nowitzki has done everything imaginable on the NBA court.  From winning the MVP in 2007 to being a 13-time All-Star, he is a true legend.

Dirk captured a ring in 2011 on what was a magical championship run.  The Mavs defeated the Miami Heat to win that title in the first year of their big three featuring LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Dallas also beat the Thunder in the Western Conference finals that had their own big three of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.

The title gave Nowitzki the final piece of his resume to make him a top-ten all-time player.

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LeBron shouts-out Dirk

King James is visiting Germany before training camp.  He sat down for an interview where he gave Dirk Nowitzki some massive compliments and praise.  You can check out the video here courtesy of the official NBA Twitter.

That is significant praise from the man many consider the best basketball player on the planet today.  LeBron clearly has a lot of respect for Dirk, and it was a cool moment during his trip to Germany.

Another battle between the two

Both men are quickly moving up the all-time scoring list.  Dirk currently sits sixth and LeBron is seventh.  Both men are likely to pass Wilt Chamberlain this season.  Nowitzki needs 232 points to move into fifth and James needs 381 points.

Looking at the numbers, LeBron should end the season in fourth place after also passing Michael Jordan with Dirk in sixth.

Final thoughts

LeBron James heaped some significant praise on Dallas Mavericks legend and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki while visiting Germany.  It was a fun moment, and the two icons clearly have an admiration for each other.

Cherish every second of Dirk Nowitzki on the court Mavericks fans because he is truly one of the all-time greats.  No word yet on if he will retire after this season, but treat it like his last and enjoy every moment.

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