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Germany's Dirk Nowitzki


Germanyís Dirk Nowitzki is first European to Start in an All-Star Game

 TWIG - Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki became the first European ever to start in an All-Star Game when he was brought into the Western Conference starting line-up on Sunday.

Nowitzki was originally foreseen only as an extra player, but Trainer Mike DíAntoni bumped him up to starter status after several of the five starting players had to drop out of the game: Yao Ming (Houston Rockets) and Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns) both could not play due to injuries.

The Western Conference team won with a score of 153:132 points. Kobe Bryant was the All-Star teamís star shooter, with 31 points, and he also won the Most Valuable Player trophy.

"On the court, it doesnít matter where youíre from," Nowitzki said as reported by The Dallas Morning News. "If youíre from Africa or China, if youíre American or European, it doesnít matter. Once I step on the court, I donít see myself as a European. Iím just trying to help my team win."

Boris Becker, who was covering the All-Star festivities for Germanyís Premiere TV, commented as reported by Street & Smithís Sports Business Daily on how strong the NBA brand is in Germany: "It gets more and more popular the better Nowitzki plays. Every country needs a local hero; Nowitzkiís ours. The fact that he made it to the Finals last year, the fact that heís an All-Star, speaks volumes."
Republished with permission from "The Week in Germany"

Links: on the Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzkiís All-Star Profile


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