Man Crush Monday: Dirk Nowitzki
In a weekend of NFL wild card match ups, there were some exciting plays and finishes. However no one player really played 48 minutes of great football. This caused me to turn my head to my other favorite sport of basketball, more specifically the NBA. This week’s Man Crush goes to a class act that has been getting it done for the better part of two decades, Dirk Nowitzki.
While my favorite football team hales from Dallas, my basketball team is still in my hometown of Phoenix. I do occasionally recognize that there are great players outside of my team and one of them is certainly Nowitzki. Yesterday the 37-year-old forward scored 29 points in 32 minutes to lift the Mavericks over the young Minnesota Timberwolves. He also had 7 rebounds and hit four out of the team’s six three pointers. On a night where the Mavericks back court was struggling, Dirk was there to pick up the slack.
Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle likes to take the approach of resting Nowitzki against less competitive match ups, but this was not one of those nights. The young Timberwolves played tough behind Andrew Wiggins and his 21 points. One could argue in this league there really are no easy wins, unless maybe you’re the Warriors. Nowitzki is in his 17th season and is still very much the leader in Dallas, averaging almost 31 minutes a game so far this season. He may have gotten his ring a few years ago, but has not shown any sign of losing that competitive drive that Mavericks fans know and love.
In a year that has been unofficially dedicated to Kobe Bryant’s swan song, fans must know that Nowitzki’s is not far behind. Mark Cuban knows this too and every offseason has done his best to retool the team around his star. Time will tell if Dirk and the Mavs can make a run at another title for the best player in their franchises history.
Kevin McQuade follows the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.