Dirk Nowitzki: Is Nowitzki's Current Performance Overshadowing His Body of Work?
Dirk Nowitzki Took Over Last Night's Game 1 Against the Oklahoma City Thunder
There is no denying how amazing Dirk Nowitzki has been in this postseason.
People were writing off the Dallas Mavericks before this postseason (myself included) and no one thought this team was going to be three wins away from the NBA Finals. Then Nowitzki took over.
The star player and former MVP has taken over in this postseason and has played better basketball than any other player as the Mavericks have eliminated Portland and the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers before drawing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference finals.
Nowitzki has taken over game-after-game and it led his coach, Rick Carlisle, to say that he should be a top-10 player all-time. Last night, as Dirk poured in basket after basket, ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy brought up those statements and then didn't automatically dismiss them.
What is wrong with you people?
Yes, Dirk has had an amazing postseason, but he's not top-10 all time and he's not better than Larry Bird. Larry Legend never would have let his top-seeded team get eliminated by an eight-seed in the playoffs (in his MVP year, mind you).
Bird would have finished off the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, regardless of what you want to say about the officiating. Nowitzki is a great player, but it's an insult to basketball and fans everywhere to say that he's somehow a top-10 player all-time.
There are so many great players that came through the league and there is no way that Nowitzki is in that upper-echelon.
It's time for people to stop being prisoners of the moment. Dirk Nowitzki went from a playoff choke artist to a top-10 player overnight and it's complete madness that it ever got to this point.
The next time you want to talk about a player and his place in history, do so with a clear mind, not in the aftermath of a great performance, like so many coaches and analysts have done.
Carlisle and Van Gundy are going a major disservice to the game of basketball by perpetuating this myth that Nowitzki is somehow one of the most elite players in the history of the game and it's time for this talk to stop.
This is a player who had a ton of productive years and is certainly in the top 50 of all time, but to put him in the top 10 is laughable.
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