Doc Rivers, Rick Carlisle pay tribute to Dirk Nowitzki

Before the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle took time to marvel at Dirk Nowitzki, who’s avering 21.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in his 15 th NBA season.
“He’s just more skilled than everyone,” Rivers said. “It almost comes down to that with him. He’s 7 feet tall, he’s maybe the best shooter in the league if not top 5, still, and at that size, he’s very difficult to guard.
“As a staff, you’re sitting around, you concoct all these ways that don’t work to try to guard him. It’s amazing how many different ways I’ve seen him guarded.”
Carlisle was asked how Nowitzki has been able to return to form after missing the first 27 games last season due to knee surgery.
“Never underestimate greatness at any age,” Carlisle said. “And 35 ain’t that old. I’ve had a lot of guys, Reggie Miller playing when he was 39, his last game was a playoff game against Detroit and he had 26 points and he decided to call it quits. He could have easily played two or three more years.
“I’ve been lucky, I’ve had some guys that have been really terrific players – I had Reggie Miller, Ben Wallace became a great player in Detroit, (Chauncey) Billups was a great player and great clutch player, Jason Kidd played ’til he was 40 years old and Dirk’s the best of the best within that group, and they’re all tremendous.”

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  • Gerry

    Dirk is an all time great. My top 5 goes Lebron, MJ, Dirk, Mutombo, and Hinrich

    • TTKIN

      I dont understand ur top 5 at all but ur entitled to ur opinion for sure. FYI, Kareem and Wilt would def be more valuable than Dikembe. They had the same D but had WAAAAAAAY more O.

      • lntensity

        And Hinrich…Why is he even considered on that list let alone top 50..lol Hope your joking bro

  • Carlos mencia

    Lol at hinrich