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A journey into the mindset of a historic basketball superstar, and the importance of his landmark career.

The seven-foot Dirk Nowitzki is one of the great players in basketball history. With a devastating fadeaway and unexpected agility, the Dallas Mavericks superstar helped to pioneer the modern three-shooting game and became a global ambassador for the sport. Award-winning novelist and sportswriter Thomas Pletzinger traveled with Nowitzki for more than seven years, seeking the secret of his success and longevity. In novelistic detail, Pletzinger tells the dramatic story of how a lanky kid from the German suburbs became a top-five all-time scorer and NBA champion. He profiles the revolutionary training methods developed by Holger Geschwindner, Dirk's enigmatic mentor and coach, whose philosophical insights on performance, creativity, and freedom shaped Dirk's game.

A masterpiece of sports journalism and a work of personal obsession - akin to John McPhee's A Sense of Where You Are and David Halberstam's The Breaks of the Game - The Great Nowitzki brims with a fan's passion and offers an intimate portrait of an iconic performer.

©2019 Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Köln (P)2022 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Dirk, my hero!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I am a huge Dallas Mavericks fan and Dirk is the best thing to ever happen in Dallas, so I may be a little bias. Knowing all the hard he and other euro players have to go through just makes me appreciate him even more. Dirk IS Dallas and Dallas LOVES Dirk. MFFL💙

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Great for Basketball fans and Dirk lovers

If you love Dirk you will love this book. If you just love basketball or stories about hard work you’ll love this book. Dirk is my favorite of all time and I knew some of these stories already but I learn lots of new stories and details on old stories.

The book ending felt like the closure I needed after spending a few years without my childhood hero.
Go Mavs!

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@swish41 is the greatest and this highlights why

As a student of Anthropology and fan of the Dallas Mavericks I loved the way this author used techniques of participant observation to get the audience as close to understanding Dirk's experience as possible. Great "read."

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Wonderful!

A beautiful portrait of one of the most compelling athletes of the 21st century. Terrific narration, too.