Dirk Nowitzki – Germany and Dallas Mavericks

The year of the ring. This was the year that Dirk finally conquered that much-coveted ring, the NBA title he would do anything for, even if it meant he had to carry the Mavericks, the city of Dallas or the whole state of Texas on his shoulders. Two months after reserving his place in the NBA pantheon, he apologised to fans in Lithuania for his performance at the EuroBasket, proving that one of the best players of all time can also be one of the humblest.

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