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Dirk Nowitzki used to sing Counting Crows “Mr. Jones” at free throw line, sings few bars on podcast

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki


My first thought: Hey, DeAndre Jordan, do you know the lyrics to “Einstein on the Beach?”

Let’s go back to the beginning.

We know that Dirk Nowitzki has different musical tastes than the average NBA players. Most guys are listening to Drake or J. Cole, while thinking Jay-Z is a god, and Nowitzki is listening to David Hasselhoff. So why not some Counting Crows? Frontman Adam Duritz is an NBA fan (Warriors to be specific), and they are a little bit older now, just like Dirk.

When Nowitzki was a younger player who would get nervous when he had to sink pressure free throws, he used to sing a little Counting Crows Mr. Jones to relax, he told Adam McKay and Adam Davidson on the Awesome Boring podcast (hat tip Eye on Basketball).

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It works, Nowitzki shot 88.2 percent from the stripe last year, right at his career average.

So, Jordan, about learning some Counting Crows songs...