Quote of the Day: Chandler Parsons wishes he was “one-trick pony” like Nowitzki
“Carried franchise for almost 20 years, Finals MVP, regular season MVP, 6th all-time? Wish I was a 1-trick pony.”
—Dallas forward Chandler Parsons, coming to the defense of Dirk Nowitzki.
In case you missed it, NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Nowitzki a “one-trick pony” and questioned his dominance. Here is the full quote.
This is a more than the usual “my era plays such better basketball than today” crap that so many veterans trying to hang onto their glory spout. It just sells Nowitzki short. First off, this was not just Ray Allen spacing the floor at the end of his career, Nowitzki’s value came in his ahead-of-his-time ability to get that space at the elbow out to the arc, then help teammates take advantage of it. He isn’t just a shooter, he’s the best shooting big man ever. Also, Nowitzki was a better rebounder, a better passer, a defender than he gets credit for — and for stretches he was a dominant player.
Does he have Kareem’s resume? No. Nobody does. On paper KAJ has a better resume than Jordan. But we should not sell Dirk’s dominance short.