Why he’s not marketable:
He’s not the kind of guy who gets on year end highlight reels or anything. Being able to do that is a BIG BIG BIG thing in sports, especially one like basketball.
See how Blake Griffin is already one of the leagues biggest stars? Highlight reel plays.
You know who’s had an even better career than Nowitzki with a similarly low public profile? Tim Duncan, arguably the second best player of the last decade right behind Kobe. Some may even say is the best. He also has a style of play that doesn’t make the highlight reel.
And today, where short clips get put on sports news, youtube, and commercial, having highlights is important.
And yeah, a lot of foreign players don’t excel at the excitement part of the game.
No it’s not because he’s white. The majority of the United States is white [for now :O]. If anything he’d have it easier–not that that is the case either. [/quote]
I’ll add Karl Malone also didn’t get the fame and spotlight he deserved. The most fame he had was Jimmy Kimmel’s “I be Karl Malone” skit on the Man Show. I’d put him above Dirk and at least he’s brought his team to the finals unlike Nowitzki depite all the good Dallas teams over the years.
Dirk took the Mavs to the NBA Finals in 2006, don’t know what sport you’ve been watching. They were up 2-0 on the Heat before David Stern and the refs stepped in. Dwane Wade shot more free throws that series than the entire Mavs team combined. That series is still controversial.
This is also why people call Dirk a choker when in reality he’s one of the best playoff performers of all time. Only 4 players to ever average 25 pts 10 rebounds in the playoffs are Hakeem, Elgin Baylor, Bob Pettit and Dirk.
And Whiteflash, I don’t know how you can still defend Kobe after they got swept. Even Colin Cowherd, biggest Lakers homer of all time, is jumping ship. He says Kobe is no longer capable of dominating games and leading a team. Bill Plaschke, 2nd biggest Lakers homer of all time, said something similar. We’ll see how he performs next season, a lot of this might be overreaction. But either way Dirk proved he is currently the better player.