Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash became great through friendship

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Steve Nash (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Steve Nash Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

Steve Nash heads to Phoenix as Dirk Nowitzki reaches new heights with Dallas Mavericks

Nash’s contract expired after the 2004 season, and Dallas did not make him an offer.

With the duo forced to split, he decided to go back to the Phoenix Suns where he completely changed their culture. Nash won back-to-back MVP’s, and solidified his Hall of Fame resume with eight years of superstar production. The Suns made the playoffs five times during that stretch including three trips to the Western Conference Finals.

Dirk would be left to carry the weight of the Mavericks. He achieved plenty of success after Nash’s departure. Nowitzki led Dallas to the NBA Finals in 2006. He won the MVP award in 2007. The Mavs also made the playoffs every season from 2005 to 2012. Fans can take a look at the 41 best moments of Dirk’s career here.

Neither would win a title until 2011 when Dirk led his team to a ring against the Miami Heat. It was the first year with LeBron James in Miami. The Mavs won in six games with Nowitzki taking home Finals MVP honors.

Nash would finish out his playing career in Los Angeles with the Lakers in 2014. He did win a championship ring as a consultant with the Golden State Warriors.

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