Dirk Nowitzki is a German professional Basketball player of the National Basketball Association born on June 19, 1978, In West Germany.
He is born to Jorg Werner and Helga Nowitzki. His mother was a professional basketball player while his father was an International handball player. He has one older sister Silke Nowitzki, who currently plays basketball.
He was in a relationship with Sybille Gerer, who is a fellow basketball player. They dated almost 10 years but ended their relationship in 2002. In 2010, he started dating Jessica Olsson and had married in Dallas in 2012. They have one daughter named Malaika and two sons, Max and Morris.
Nowitzki’s career had started with a bumpy start, as he had to juggle sports and studies. In 1994, In his first season of the ‘Second Bundesliga’. He had scored poorly and had been often benched. In 1995, In the next season, He had scored well regularly and made a name for himself. In 1996, He had helped his team reach the second spot in the league. In the 1997-1998 season, He had ended as the lead scorer and had been named the ‘German Basketballer of the Year’ by German magazine ‘Basket’. His squad, ‘DJK’, had finished at the top spot. He had gained international recognition after participating in the ‘Nike Hoop Heroes Tour’ against ‘NBA’ stars. In 2000, The ‘Dallas Mavericks’ had been taken over by Mark Cuban, Who had restructured the team in a positive way. Consequently, the team’s and Nowitzki’s production improved, and he had averaged 17.5 points. He had become the first member of his team to be named to the ‘All-NBA’ squad. In the 2002 season, Nowitzki’s averages became higher and that had helped his team rank higher. In the 2004-2005 season, He had averaged 26.1 points, a career-high score. Finally, He had been named to the ‘All-NBA First Team’. He had improved his skills in the upcoming seasons. In the 2006 season, Nowitzki’s averages improved dramatically and had been named the ‘MVP’ of the league. In the 2009–2010 season, Nowitzki had reached the 20,000-point milestone and had been selected for the ‘All-Star Game’. In 2013 season, His performance had been constantly disrupted by injuries and subsequent surgery. However, He had managed to touch 25,000 points. In 2018, Nowitzki reached the 31,000-point mark and also proceeded to increase his career total.
- Werner is his middle name.
- He is pretty good at tennis.
- He is a German basketball player who is often regarded as one of the most talented players to emerge from Europe.
Awards and Achievements:
- From 2000 to 2006, He had been named European Basketball Player of the Year.
- In 2005, He received the FIBA Europe Men’s Player of the Year award.
- In 2011, He received the FIBA Europe Men’s Player of the Year award.
What can we learn from Him??
Like Dirk Nowitzki, Always stay humble and give respect to everyone.