Believe it or not, basketball is one of the three top games recognized and celebrated in Germany and even the entire Europe and players like Dirk Nowitzki made it much enjoyable as it is today. Others his kind also include Paul Zipser and Dennis Schröder. These three are known for their exceptional basketball skills. For Dirk, he is not only his country’s best player but also a constant force to reckoned with when it comes to basketball games in the United States of America. If you’ve read the book entitled Dirk Nowitzki: German Wunderkind, then you must have a clue about the personality we are talking about, if not, you will still learn a lot about him here.
Who is Dirk Nowitzki and What is His Age?
Dirk Werner Nowitzki was born on June 19, 1978, in Würzburg, West Germany. His father’s name is Jörg-Werner and his mother is Helga Nowitzki. He also has a sister whose name is Silke Nowitzki. Growing up, Dirk picked interest in sports where his height is relevant and that include handball. He also played tennis but takes handball as his preferred sports.
Dirk attended Röntgen Gymnasium Grammar School based in Würzburg where he not only studied there but was very active in sports activities. He was even named a junior tennis player in the German youth circuit. When he was 15 years old, he joined DJK Würzburg, a local sports club where he discovered he would do better as a basketball player. He was later discovered by Holger Geschwindner, a former German international basketball player, who offered to coach him. Under the Holger, Dirk perfected his skills in basketball and even went further to learn other skills like playing musical instruments and reading literature.
Dirk Nowitzki’s steady progress caught the attention of many European clubs after his participation in the Nike “Hoop Heroes Tour” where he played with top professional players like Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley. His success in the game also helped to ease his way to the professional level. He then was eventually selected by the ‘Mavericks.’ Though his initial performance with the NBA team was poor, he began to make a huge impact in the team in the early 2000s. Thanks to the restructuring of the professional team, Dirk’s performance increased to such extent that he not only received a good number of honors but in addition, he became a runner-up for NBA’s Most Improved Player Award.
Nowitzki spent his entire professional career with the Dallas Mavericks where he became 14 times NBA All-Star, NBA Three-Point Shootout champion, BBL top Scorer and Most Valuable Player, 3 times FIBA EuroBasket Top Scorer, 6 times Euroscar Player of the Year and Mister Europa Player of the Year, to mention just a few of them. The former Mavericks’ superstar played for the American professional basketball team, The Dallas Mavericks, for twenty-one years and ended his career as NBA’s sixth-highest scorer with over 31,000 points. Dirk Nowitzki’s consistency and inspiring career has not only earned him many prestigious awards including the 2012 ‘Naismith Legacy Award’, but has also earned him a worthy reputation as one of the greatest foreigners in the history of the American basketball world.
Nowitzki’s Family: His Wife and Kids
To start with, Dirk was born into a family of athletes. His mother Helga is a well-celebrated professional basketball player and his father Jörg-Werner also a celebrated handball player best known for representing Germany at the international level. His older sister Silke Nowitzki who now works with the NBA on International TV also made record as a local champion in basketball and in track and field.
As a star athlete, it is natural for Dirk to catch the fancy of a good number of his female and male fans but the young athlete’s first known sweetheart turned out to be Sybille Gerer, his fellow basketball player from ‘DJK Würzburg sports club. The two dated for ten years starting from 1992. After ending his relationship with Gerer in 2002, he began a new relationship with Jessica Olsson in 2010. They married in July 2012 and now has three children including two sons named Morris and Max and one daughter named Malaika.
Dirk Nowitzki’s Height and Weight
One of Dirk’s key success factor is his height. From his childhood, he was extremely tall to such extent that he was called a Freak by his mates. The German basketball player has his height listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) and his weight listed as 111 kg (245 lb). His incredible height and matching weight helped him have a successful career as one of the greatest power forwards in the NBA.