Monday 18th December 2017,
Sports Alchemist
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Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Has Seen It All

Dirk Nowitzki has seen it all. Winning the first two games in the 2006 NBA finals and faltered all the way down against the then champion Miami Heat. Then the Mavs lost to an eight seeded Golden State Warriors team in the following year after 67 wins in the regular season.

As far as Dirk knows anything can still happen in the playoffs. Each frustration, each loss he knows he was always part to blame.

It was always his added inspiration, added motivation not to let those things happen again, putting every heart ache and every setback into a growing experience.

Dirk vowed that the next time he gets another opportunity to be back in the finals. He will be ready… There’s no substitute for preparedness. For years, he had been denied that chance of holding that Larry O’brien cup.

When he was criticized about his defense, during the offseason he worked at his footwork by trying fencing, honing his defense with quick reflexes. When he was donned as a soft player, Dirk frequented the gym more by working on his strength and conditioning. Every failure comes with a chance to improve himself to become a more complete player.

With the Oklahoma City Thunders, Dirk knows anything can still happen especially with Kevin Durant’s scoring prowess. However, he is very confident with his team that they will find a way to get a win and get back to the NBA finals. Anchoring their team’s offense on a 38 year old point guard in Jason Kidd and with 9 players aging 30 and above, it’s really hard to fathom how long their tired legs would go. However, they have something not every team has. They have the experience and maturity to get the job done. Just like when Oklahoma was making their run in the fourth quarter in game 3 when there were four possessions without their superstar Kevin Durant touching the ball. In contrast Dallas starts their offense with Dirk holding the ball and facilitating their offense.

Dirk has seen it all… even with a 2-1 lead it’s not something to get excited… Anything can still happen…

Oklahoma will try to come back and win this series but Dirk knows it won’t happen…He has been in that road before and this time he would be ready.

“When using experience as a guide the final exam often comes first and then the lesson”… it pays to learn that lesson the hard way.

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]