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Coach says Nowitzki out of shape, may play in Europe

Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

Dirk Nowitzki has remained loyal to Holger Geschwinder — the old coach with the unorthodox techniques — throughout his career. Say what you will about the guy, it works (at least for Nowitzki).

Geschwinder returns that loyalty by pretty much saying whatever he wants to whomever he wants, like a cranky old man.

Case in point, an interview with Agence France Presse (AFP) where Geschwinder knocks Nowitzki’s conditioning.

“This week we are going back to work, Dirk has not touched the ball since the European Championship at the end of September,” declared Nowitzki’s personal coach Holger Geschwindner, who also said the player was “ruling nothing out, even if he has no concrete ideas” about a switch to Europe.

“At the moment, Dirk is out of shape. We are going to work hard over the next two weeks,” added Geschwindner. “If he goes anywhere, he will be going there for the whole season.”

Sounds like Dirk has enjoyed his summer after a title a little too much.

Thing is, Nowitzki has time to get in shape before there are games. Maybe a lot of time.