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Dirk Nowitzki on Steve Nash’s documentary series: ‘It’s actually a little depressing’

Apr 8, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki were teammates in the early part of their careers in Dallas and have remained close friends ever since.

Nowitzki is having himself an All-Star season that may very well end with him leading the Mavericks to the playoffs, but things have gone far worse for Nash since joining the Lakers last season.

Injuries have accumulated to the point where Nash is doing everything possible to simply finish out the final year of his contract in Los Angeles next season, and he’s been extremely forthcoming about his situation in a documentary series that’s appeared on the Grantland web site.

Just as Nash has been honest in the film, Nowitzki was honest in his assessment of it, and he clearly hates to see the way his friend’s stellar career is coming to a close.

From The Dallas Morning News:

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki appeared Monday on The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley on KESN-FM 103.3 to discuss the Mavericks, his college basketball interests, and his experiences in Dallas. Here are some highlights. …

On Steve Nash’s Grantland documentary series:

“It’s actually a little depressing, and he’s brutally honest in it, which I think is great to see what athletes think, what they go through at the end.”

The only depressing part is seeing how badly Nash truly wants to get back to being able to play consistently, but isn’t able to due to his physical limitations.

It’s inspiring, actually, to see an athlete at the end of his career with so much money and so many accolades already earned who still has that level of passion for the game.

  1. retxedfred - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    The two greatest non-American NBA players ever!

    • yomarianob - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:00 AM

      I don’t know man, Parker and Ginobili won 3 rings, they should bde there at the top..

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM


        If only Nash had Duncan and Pop…

    • genericcommenter - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      Two greatest white non-Americans, maybe.

  2. titansbro - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Um Hakeem Olajuwon ring any bells? And Drazen Petrovic was the man too. But definitely Hakeem.

    • retxedfred - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Yep totally forgot Hakeem that time. I agree. Hakeem over Nash.

  3. rawdog2013 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Actually, there was a guy they called the Dream.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Dirk yeah but not Nash. Hes a system player.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Nash is the system.

  5. apkyletexas - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Almost as depressing as Plumlee blocking James’ dunk attempt in the final seconds tonight.

    I mean, if you are a Miami fan. I found it kind of funny.

  6. campcouch - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Detlef Schrempf.

  7. acorp11 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    He inspired so many Canadian kids to play bball growing up, myself included. He’s such a warrior.

  8. jcmeyer10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Sometimes I don’t get what the obsession with ranking players. At some point I feel like there is a club these guys belong to that other foreign players won’t get in.

    Hakeem, Manu, Tony, Steve and Dirk (obviously forgetting some but you get the point) are just part of an elite club no reason to put them in some order with some arbitrary metric. They were all great at what they did.

  9. bpayton216 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Man could you imagine if Nash never left Dallas? I mean you never know but I’m thinking they both would have a couple of rings…. kinda cool to see them both set new milestones last night.

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