...If you want good team chemistry on the Mavericks!
by Brett Edwards
"Germany has produced lots of champions!'' laughs Dirk Nowitzki as he enters the locker room after yet another Mavs victory. "Really? Name one!'' challenges Jason Terry.
"What about Max Schmeling?'' offers Dirk, name-checking the great heavyweight champion boxer of the 1930's. Replies Terry, a rather astute sports historian: "He beat Joe Louis once, but then came the rematch, and it was the big one, and (Schmeling) couldn't win the big one!''
And then, out of nowhere, a third voice tries to settle the faux feud. "Yeah!'' giggles Malik Allen. "And what about Hitler?''
And all the Mavs within earshot crack up, another joke told, another victory secured, another intangible bond maybe solidified.
Nothing like bonding by ripping your team leader's heritage through the use of Hitler comparisons, I guess. Dirk's the one who brought up the German thing, and he's been known to be a bit of a comedian from time to time, so I'm sure he can take the ribbing. Even if it does involve like, the worst human being in the history of the universe.