In a new marketing video from the Dallas Mavericks, 35-year-old Dirk Nowitzki asks the question: “Do you really think I’m done?”
The video is a direct answer to those who think Dirk has reached a point in his career where he can no longer be as effective as he once was. The video is made mostly of clips from last season, but during one of the clips Dirk looks into the camera and asks the question directly to the viewer before draining a three pointer.
It is important to note that Dirk doesn’t appear in an abundance of commercials, meaning that even though this video is an advertisement conceived in the Mavericks’ marketing department, Dirk wouldn’t agree to take part in the commercial if he didn’t honestly believe what the commercial says.
The past two seasons have been admittedly rough for Dirk. Two years ago was the NBA lockout, which took a toll on many veteran players, and last year he had to have knee surgery and missed a significant amount of games for the first time in his career.
But he recovered from the surgery, and despite being surrounded by a suspect cast of teammates, he still managed to shoot over 50 percent after the All-Star break last year.
I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way, but I would predict that Dirk will be able to continue to play at a very high level until he is close to 40, and maybe even beyond. His talents have never really been based on athleticism, which means that age won’t effect him in the same way it will the premier athletes, like Dwyane Wade for instance.
A good analogy for Dirk is the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Jabbar was able to play 20 years in the NBA, mostly due to his rigid workout routine. Dirk famously has a rigid work out regimen with his mentor Holger Geschwindner.
The biggest parallel between Dirk and Kareem, though, is they each have a signature shot which no other player can really match. When it’s all said and done, Dirk’s one-legged fadeaway will be remembered in a similar way to Kareem’s sky hook. Another reason Dirk could potentially last many more years is that fadeaway, like the sky hook, moves him away from defenders, limiting wear and tear on his body.
As long as Dirk can stay away from injuries, which are sometimes completely unavoidable, he should be able to bounce back and have the kind of year that fans are used to seeing from him.
So, to answer your question, Dirk: No, I don’t think you’re done.