Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest player to wear a Dallas Mavericks jersey and has become an icon in his home country of Germany.
Now he has a documentary that showcases his life and luxurious NBA career directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt titled Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf. The english translation of the movie title is Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot.
I don’t know about the rest of you MFFL’s but I for one can’t wait to see this documentary even if it is in German!
The movie premiered in Germany on Tuesday, September 16, with Nowitzki joined by the likes of Devin Harris, Monta Ellis, Michael Finley, Rick Carlisle, Brian Cardinal and Tyson Chandler among others.
“I was a little overwhelmed,” Nowitzki told ESPN.com. “I didn’t think this movie was big enough for so many people to come over for three days and do all this with me. People who’ve been with me for 15 or 16 years like [longtime Mavs employee] Lisa [Tyner] and Donnie, my teammates Monta and Devin, [former teammates] Fin and Cards, Coach Carlisle showing up with his whole family … it meant a lot to me.”
The impact Nowitzki has made for basketball in Germany is quite remarkable when you think about just how big soccer is in Germany. Soccer, unlike in the United States, is by far the most popular sport around the world and there isn’t a sport that comes even close. Although basketball has grown in its international popularity it still pales in comparison to soccer.
It just goes to show you how wide his impact is felt. He not only helped basketball become relevant in Dallas again but he introduced a whole new sport to a country where soccer is life. For those of you that don’t follow soccer Germany just won the world cup this past summer in Brazil. The world cup draws more ratings than any other sporting event in the world, yes this includes the Super Bowl.
The documentary covers Nowitzki’s life from a tennis playing teenager and his relationship with longtime friend and mentor Holger Geschwindner. And of course it shows Nowitzki leading the Mavs to their 2011 NBA Finals triumph over the Miami Heat. Nowitzki has so many memorable moments it’s hard to put all of them into just one documentary.
NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Vince Carter join Finley as the current and former NBA All-Stars interviewed for the documentary. When you here players like Kobe Bryant and even an appearance by president Barack Obama himself, it goes to show you how respected he is by his colleagues and those that truly understand the game of basketball.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, recently retired NBA commissioner David Stern and both Donnie Nelson and father Don Nelson have interview clips as well praising the 7 foot German.
Whether it was watching a game in person, on TV, or maybe even meeting him in person! I ask you Mavs fans whats YOUR favorite memory of Dirk and what do you hope to learn about Dirk that you may never have heard of before?