The summer is almost over, and thanks to Twitter and Instagram, we’ve gotten a good grasp of what most Mavericks have been up to. Luka Doncic spent most of his offseason on a boat. Tim Hardaway Jr. has been busy rehabbing. And Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic dedicated their summers to representing their national teams in the FIBA tournament.
But it’s hard not to wonder what former Maverick (I’m still not used to that) Dirk Nowitzki did with all his newfound free time. On Sunday, Nowitzki threw his annual celebrity tennis classic, and Dallas Morning News’ Brad Townsend caught up with the Mavericks’ legend about his post-basketball days.
In his self-deprecating way, Nowitzki was quick to point out his family’s two-month vacation in Europe, which consisted of no diet or workout regimen, added a few more pounds to his seven-foot frame, but he was also enjoying living a regular life.
Dirk was pressed on the honors bestowed upon him this summer, including having a street named after him as well as silhouettes of his signature one-legged fade away placed on the American Airlines Center court. Nowitzki also touched on the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation being something he was looking to forward to getting more involved in, and how his wife Jessica has taken the organization to the “next level”.
Dirk didn’t answer explicitly whether he’d be at the season opener, but he mentioned his boys were huge fans and his excitement for the new squad.
Click through for the whole interview, where Dirk dishes on Steve Nash and Michael Finley, more about his foundation and his plans as the appointed Chair of the FIBA Players Commission.