Dirk Nowitzki has been selected to represent the Western Conference at the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix on Feb. 15 as a reserve, the eight straight time The UberMan has made the team -- more than any other Maverick in franchise history.
We’ve got a quote from Dirk.
And we’ve got an opportunity to tell freshly-minted Mavs nemesis Jon Barry to suck it.
First, Nowitzki: “It is always an honor to be named to the All-Star team,” Nowitzki said. “It is always exciting. It is an unbelievable experience and I am thankful for the opportunity to represent the Dallas Mavericks in Phoenix.”
This season, Nowitzki is averaging team-highs of 25.7 points and 8.4 rebounds and has led
Dallas to a 26-19 record. He has also been named Western Conference Player of the Week twice
this season, most recently for games played from December 1-7.
On January 17 Nowitzki hit another career milestone when he scored his 18,000th point.
Nowitzki became just the 55th player in NBA history to reach that mark. He currently ranks
seventh among active player in career scoring; trailing just Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Tim Duncan.
Now to the flunkie Jon Barry, who should be honored to even be named in the same breath as the greatest player in Mavericks history. (Seriously, I might start an email campaign demanding a Barry apology. I have his father's phone number, you know.) I do this with the help of DB.com poster HarHar, who is as outraged as I am that ABC commentator Barry’s evaluation of Nowitzki’s perennial-MVP-level game comes down to this:
“That’s the problem with Dirk,’’ Barry said during Sunday's Mavs-Celtics telecast on ABC. “If he’s not scoring, Dirk doesn’t help ya.’’
Astoundingly vapid, no? What in the hell are these NBA coaches doing giving this German stiff all these votes?
I give the floor to
We would just like to point out that:
* Jon Barry went 1 of 6 for 2 points in 25 minutes in a 40-point loss to the mavericks in game 7 of the playoffs a mere 1,390 days ago.
*His career high in points scored is 1 point less than Dirk's 2009 average.
*His career high in rebounds is .5 more than Dirk's 2009 average.
* He attempted 1,023 free throws in his career. Oh just for reference, that is 3 fewer free throws attempted than Dirk's number of offensive rebounds (so far).
*In 2004/'05, Dirk Nowitzki attempted 708 free throws -- 315 fewer free throws than Jon Barry attempted in his entire 13 year career.
*Out of the 15 statistical categories listed on NBA.com, Dirk Nowitzki has superior numbers to the insanely pedestrian Barry in all 15 categories, including Jon Barry's specialty, 3 point shooting and free-throw shooting.
*In his career, Jon Barry has made $19,825,000. In the short time Jon Barry has been an ABC analyst, Dirk Nowitzki has made 31.4 million. Cha-ching.
*Jon Barry has no hair. Dirk, can snap his German fingers and at his command can sport flowing golden locks of beautiful German hair.
But otherwise, Barry rocks!
And Dirk “doesn’t help ya.’’ Except for the eight straight All-Star appearances.
... written by Steve heath , January 31, 2009
Dirk is one of the 10 greatest sports figures in Dallas sports history. I wouldn't trade him at any price. He is the classiest and most honorable man in sports. No one deserves a Championship more than Dirk. As long as Dirk is a Maverick, the Mavericks will remain a class organization.