Today, Dirk Nowitzki’s legacy is untouchable. He’s an MVP, a champion, a Finals MVP, and one of the greatest players in the history of Dallas Mavericks, the NBA, and the whole continent of Europe. He ended his playing career beloved, revered, and dignified.
So it’s pretty amazing to reflect on the low point of that career: a surprising playoff defeat so grim that it threatened to tarnish legacy for good. Dirk was the soon-to-be MVP and the leader of the league’s best regular season team, so for him to perform as poorly as he did in a decisive Game 6 against the underdog Golden State Warriors was devastating. The whole of Dirk’s superstar career eclipsed the bad times, but MAN, those bad times were … the worst.
Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
Shot and edited by Ryan Simmons and Joe Ali
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