Dirk does not fit the basic American mentality of the leader that’s making big speeches or jumping over cars. He tries to lead by example everyday by going to the gym and working hard. He’s doing it his way and doing pretty good.
— Even if you have the most talent like Kobe or LeBron, you can’t beat physics. You can have your own individual philosophies but you cannot beat physics. If you don’t want to do it, you make it harder for yourself. If you want to reduce practice time, you better listen.
SLAM interview with Holger Geschwindner (Dirk's mentor)