Over the course of his 18-year career with the Dallas Mavericks, forward Dirk Nowitzki has gained millions of fans around the world with his graceful style of play. While scoring has been considered his specialty, Dirk recently received some strange criticism from the guy who has scored more points than anyone in NBA history.
During an appearance at George Mason University earlier this week, Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was asked if there has been an unstoppable shot since he made the ‘sky hook’ famous. Rather than simply answer the question, Abdul-Jabbar decided to take it a step further and share his opinion on Nowitzki’s skill set.
“Dirk Nowitzki’s shot is very hard to block, but I don’t think he was able to have a dominant career because he couldn’t do other things,” Kareem responded. “If he could have shot like that and rebounded and played defense and blocked shots, then he would have been all-around, and he would have gotten more credit. He was like a one-trick pony.”
Even though Abdul-Jabbar sits atop the NBA’s all-time scoring list, he apparently can’t appreciate the game of arguably the best international player in league history. Nowitzki, who currently has the sixth most points in NBA history, didn’t agree with ‘the Captain’ and argued his case on Wednesday night to the press.
“I don’t think you can average 25 and 10 over your playoff career and not be dominant. I don’t think you can get to sixth in scoring in this league over 18 years and not be at some point at least somewhat dominant.”
Perhaps Abdul-Jabbar needs to pop in a tape of the 2011 Finals and reassess his stance on Nowitzki’s career. If someone can single-handedly defeat LeBron James in a Finals series, it seems rather obvious that he can do more than just shoot.