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Mavericks to unveil Dirk Nowitzki statue before Christmas game vs. Lakers

When you start thinking about a player’s statue, the question becomes, “what pose should the sculptor choose?”

In the case of Dirk Nowitzki, if it had been anything other than his legendary, unblockable one-legged fade away, I would have led the push to change it.

No need. Nowitzki’s statue is his iconic shot, and the team announced the full-sized one will be unveiled before the Mavericks’ Christmas Day game against the Lakers. Dallas owner/governor Mark Cuban revealed the statue’s look back in January.

Nowitzki is the talisman for the Mavericks organization, the player who led the franchise to its only championship in 2011. Nowitzki’s resume is mind-blowing: NBA MVP, 14-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA, and he’s sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He is the greatest NBA player ever out of Europe (the one guy who could dethrone him someday now plays for the Mavs).

It’s fitting that Nowitzki gets his gift on Christmas.