I said it after the Mavs beat the Lakers, and now, it’s come to fruition.
Dirk Nowitzki, the NBA’s best player.
My logic was and still revolves around the idea that Nowitzki went against arguably the four best players in the league and defeated them all.
What do you get when you beat Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James consecutively, one on one?
You get the title of best player in the world.
Well, that’s not exactly what happened, but damn close.
Dirk took his Dallas team, who people picked to lose against the Blazers, Lakers, Thunder and Heat, and overcame each team that was thought to be better than his.
Not only did his team win, he was the best player in each of these four playoff series, meaning he outplayed Bryant, the reigning king of the league for nearly a decade, Durant, the back to back NBA scoring champion who some had pegged as the league’s best, Wade, a former champion who can make a case for the league’s best player, and James, a two-time MVP and until about a week ago, thought to be the league’s best player.
We’ll get to that later.
Who can say they are better than Dirk?
The thing is, Dirk has been the player we saw in these playoffs for a number of years. But he never really got the credit he deserved, as he was labeled as somewhat soft.
However, what may have actually been happening was a case of reverse-racism.
Basically, no one wanted to crown a non-black player as one of the league’s best.
Well, I don’t see how it can be argued now, as Dirk lined up everyone thought to be ahead of him and knocked them down.
Actually, he knocked them out cold.
Let’s not forget that not only was Kobe the king, he was the defending champ and defending Finals MVP.
Dirk swept him.
Pains me to say that, considering my Kobe fan-hood, but I have to call a spade a spade.
Do I think Dirk is more gifted as a basketball player than Kobe or LeBron? Certainly not. But that’s even more of a testament to his abilities, considering he beat guys that are more talented than him.
In addition, Kobe has Pau Gasol, James has Wade, and Durant has Russell Westbrook.
Dirk has Jason Terry.
In other words, his wingman isn’t as necessarily as potent as the wingman of these other guys. In fact, Dirk’s wingman comes off the bench.
Can’t argue with a sign post, people.
Dirk is the new king.