Dirk couldn't be in Dallas for the inofficial start of training yet because he first had to make an appearance on the most popular Saturday-evening show on German-speaking television (it's also broadcast in Switzerland and Austria, thus it's also considered the most-watched regular live TV show in Europe aside from sports events). The host is retiring after 25 years, that was his last show and Dirk was one of the guys he wanted on. I'm too lazy to translate what all happens and is said right now ;-) Paraphrasing: They are lauding Dirk for staying humble. The usual mildly amusing talk about being so tall, big shoe size, etc. that he's heard a million times. One of the few Germans people in the US know (unlike their actors who regularly fail in Hollywood). Difference in ownership of sports teams that just one rich guy can control a team. Dirk had to correct the host early on that the players didn't go on strike but were locked out. Costs of court-side tickets e.g. in LA where the host lives some of the year (and nobody knows him which he likes). Special training methods of Dirk with his personal trainer including one-legged exercises and hand-stands to maintain his flexibility. And he had a pretty funny remark about learning English in high school, but that the English spoken in NBA locker rooms was very different. No tattoos because he fears that looks stupid at age 50 or 60 with sagging skin. Co-host screws up serving him cake. Host talking about their merchandising swag. Dirk gifts/donates his All-Star game jersey worn last season. The video cuts out before the main part of the show begins aside from the talking: Normal people coming up with crazy performances (e.g. stunt jumps, recognizing stuff blind-folded from odd characteristics, etc), where the guests have to guess beforehand if they'll succeed or not. Plus music show acts. I usually fell asleep to that show anyway, but Dirk's appearance on the finale was nice.