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Dirk Nowitzki Says Steve Nash Overcame Being Slow, White, Injured and Unathletic

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffMarch 23, 2015

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Two-time MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement from the NBA after a career filled with accolades earned while playing on three teams. One of those teams was the Dallas Mavericks, where he played alongside another MVP, Dirk Nowitzki

Nowitzki and Nash both joined the Mavericks in 1998 and played together until 2004 and are still close friends. ESPN.com's Amin Elhassan caught up with Dirk, who reflected on Nash's career and jokingly discussed Nash overcoming adversity against all odds:

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Dirk on Nash: He overcame a lot in his career, being injured, and being slow, and white and unathletic

Nowitzki also added to his playful reflection on Nash's career with some sincere quotes about time spent with the Canadian point guard:

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Dirk on Nash retirement: I think it was a relief for him, I think he was happy it was over with. I told him in October I was proud of him

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Dirk on Nash: the first year was hard for me; didnt know anyone in Dallas; Steve & MIke Finley got me out of the hotel, introduced me to ppl

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Dirk on Nash: he and Finley showed me how to be a professional on and off the floor,. As I got better, they shared the spotlight

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Dirk on Nash: He was always up for the big games and was a big competitor

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