Jeff Van Gundy Criticizes Dirk's Defensive Ability. Dirk Immediately Forces Game Winning Steal.
And that's why you never question Dirk Nowitzki. The guy has been proving people wrong his entire career. Can't make a name for yourself as a 7 foot jump shooter? WRONG. Can't be the best player on a good team? WRONG. Can't win a championship playing that style of basketball? WRONG. Can't maintain longevity in a sport with his body type? WRONG. Can't defend the basket - against one of the best foul drawers in the entire league - with the game on the line? WRONG.
I don't fault Van Gundy for doing his job and breaking down the nuances of the game. Commentators are at risk of being proven wrong every single possession, and the odds that Dirk Nowitzki is going to make a game winning defensive play in that situation are lower than the odds of just about any other possible outcome. Still, you never question Dirk Nowitzki, because this guy has somehow lasted damn near two decades in the NBA, and I'll be damned if that doesn't mean he can do anything he sets his mind to...
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