‘Dirk One-Ring-Ski’: NBA Fans React to Dirk Nowitzki Giving LeBron James the Cold Shoulder Back in 2019

Published 09/20/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers makes an angry face before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The one and only championship that the Dallas Mavericks won was back in 2011. And what made the victory sweeter was that it was against one of the most hated teams at the time, the Miami Heat. Well, LeBron James had left the Cleveland Cavaliers because of innumerable failed attempts at winning a title and formed a Big Three with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

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However, their image was tanked because of a video of Dwyane Wade and Bron allegedly mocking Dirk Nowitzki that went viral. This obviously fueled a rivalry between them and Dirk, who used this as motivation to defeat the overly confident Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. As time went by, the feud continued.

Fast forward to the All-Star Game in 2019, which was Nowitzki’s last season in the NBA. This was the last time fans were going to witness the Mavs legend like this, so it was an emotional night. In fact, Wade was also retiring from the game. But once the match was over, Dirk was seen hugging some players on the court and once LeBron approached, Nowitzki completely ignored him.

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So much that Bron had to turn around feeling humiliated, while Nowitzki continued to greet the others. This definitely riled up some fans on Twitter who even picked sides in this controversial moment.

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Was this a mere coincidence or does Dirk Nowitzki hate LeBron James?

Nowitzki was one of those players in the league who liked to mind his own business. He used to stay far away from unnecessary controversies, so one can assume this situation was misjudged. However, whoever sees the video closely, it looks like he saw James and chose to turn the other way. But of course, who knows what actually happened.

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His hostility towards the Heat’s Big Three or LeBron had all been speculation until Dirk’s former teammate spoke up. Earlier this year, J.J. Barea confessed on ‘The Old Man and The Three’ Podcast, that Nowitzki’s hate towards them was very real.

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Since Dirk has never gone on the record to say anything about the situation, nothing can be set in stone till he does. And it’s highly unlikely that he will after so many years anyway.

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But do you think his abhorrence towards them is justified? Or is he being a tad bit too dramatic?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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