Dirk Nowitzki’s worst playoff game spoiled his MVP season and had people questioning his legacy

  • Published: 14 August 2019
  • Today, Dirk Nowitzki's legacy is untouchable. He's an MVP, a champion, a Finals MVP, and one of the greatest players in the history of Dallas Mavericks, the NBA, and the whole continent of Europe. He ended his playing career beloved, revered, and dignified.

    So it's pretty amazing to reflect on the low point of that career: a surprising playoff defeat so grim that it threatened to tarnish legacy for good. Dirk was the soon-to-be MVP and the leader of the league's best regular season team, so for him to perform as poorly as he did in a decisive Game 6 against the underdog Golden State Warriors was devastating. The whole of Dirk's superstar career eclipsed the bad times, but MAN, those bad times were ... the worst.

    Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
    Shot and edited by Ryan Simmons and Joe Ali

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  • SB Nation
    SB Nation   1 months back

    The Worst is back! We’re gonna mix in some episodes like this one that highlight the low points for specific, historically great players and teams. If you've got suggestions, we're all ears. <3

    • Tmoney 1823
      Tmoney 1823  2 weeks back

      Love this series glad it’s back!!

    • Quinn Olivarez
      Quinn Olivarez  2 weeks back

      I’m a glutton for punishment, do rockets G6 vs San Antonio. That’s got to be the worst home L in nba playoff history

    • Alex Igra
      Alex Igra  2 weeks back

      If Dirk had retired then, do you still think he would have made the Hall of Fame?

    • SB Nation
      SB Nation   4 weeks back

      @Winston Christopher Got the worst sports movie for ya riiiiight here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyC-efJVpeE

    • Glenn Bryant
      Glenn Bryant  4 weeks back

      Worst player trade/signing/contract (e.g. Winston Bogarde @ Chelsea)

  • VT 24
    VT 24  16 hours back

    This was what Dirk needed to fuel him for what would eventually happen in 2011

    • Jay Lew
      Jay Lew  2 days back

      Damn, poor moses

      • Leo Ferwer
        Leo Ferwer  2 weeks back

        It really was a surprise. Not that 6th game in particular, but the series itself. It was clear back in games 3 and 4 that the Mavs will lose. And many people thought they will never win a championship after that.

        But the Mavs were a top Western team (maybe not THE best, but a 2nd or 3rd best) year after year (a +50 wins 11 consecutive years), when the WC was insane. Really insane... some years all Western teams in playoffs had 50 wins. The Mavs and Dirk had a rough path to the championship each year, and fortunately they made it, finally, in 2011.

        Great vid!

        • Alex Igra
          Alex Igra  2 weeks back

          If Dirk had retired then, do you still think he would have made the hall of fame?

          • acorn sucks
            acorn sucks  2 weeks back

            Great video.

            • acorn sucks
              acorn sucks  2 weeks back

              Snoopy Dogg is an idiot.

              • Harry Fisher
                Harry Fisher  3 weeks back

                Stephen Jackson owned dirk

                • zScorpionKillerz
                  zScorpionKillerz  3 weeks back

                  The best part I met Dirk in real life 😎😎

                  • Rory Garhart
                    Rory Garhart  3 weeks back

                    the worst trade deadline

                    • King Trawal
                      King Trawal  3 weeks back

                      Beating the Stacked Heatles makes Dirk the GOAT

                      • tmacman
                        tmacman  3 weeks back

                        That was a hard series to watch as a Mavs fan. I remember in one game we were making a rally to get the game close before halftime, but at the buzzer, Baron Davis hit a half-court shot to keep the Warriors ahead. We won 67 games that year and had a epic collapse but 4 years later Dirk was able to become a champion so it worked out in the end.

                        • Blobulous
                          Blobulous  4 weeks back

                          make the worst sunday night game saints colts 2011

                          • Zakk Tracy
                            Zakk Tracy  4 weeks back

                            We need a rewinder of lebrons chasedown block on iguodala in the 2016 nba finals.

                            • Martin Mendoza
                              Martin Mendoza  4 weeks back

                              What About Could You Do A Rewinder Of Cody Parkey’s Missed Field Goal?

                              • Darth Maul
                                Darth Maul  4 weeks back

                                Of course he was good hes like 7 foot tall. Larry bird lookin ass 😁

                                • Marit Seim Ekeland
                                  Marit Seim Ekeland  4 weeks back

                                  2:10 wrong denver was the first

                                  • Matt Hov
                                    Matt Hov  4 weeks back

                                    I love dirk, as does everyone else, he is one of the if not the most beloved nba players ever, but yah love for him gets ahead of his actual talent & play.,..top 3 pf all time after Tim & kg

                                    • Julius Franklin
                                      Julius Franklin  4 weeks back

                                      I would luv to be in the breath of those men in that line up. All hall of Famers of future HOFs in jabar m. Malone Dirk & Westbrook. Go Mavs

                                      • Juan Alvarez
                                        Juan Alvarez  4 weeks back

                                        Snoop dogg, I thought he was a laker fan !!

                                        • Frederico Espinoza
                                          Frederico Espinoza  4 weeks back

                                          I don't know if many NBA observers outside of the bay area know this , but a huge factor in this historic upset. Occurred immediately following the Warriors game one victory . Charles Barkley who was a color commentator for the game was asked on air , for his thoughts on the Warriors surprising victory . He stated that Dallas had an off night , and that the Warriors would not win another game that series. Asked to repeat his prediction for the outcome of the series, he said , i dont believe the Warriors will win another game. Hence the ' We Believe ' tshirts that showed up at Oracle Arena for the Warriors next home game along with a fired up home crowd and Warriors team .

                                          • Jayson Hoffman
                                            Jayson Hoffman  4 weeks back

                                            Worst Stanley Cup final? 1996 Colorado vs Florida perhaps.

                                            • Zhuoran Li
                                              Zhuoran Li  4 weeks back

                                              It can’t be worse than Dwane Casey receiving the coach of the year trophy as Raptors’ ex-coach. And seeing the team flourish under his assistant.
                                              So maybe the we need to do an episode on “the worst coach of the year”

                                              • omar triki
                                                omar triki  4 weeks back

                                                He definitely deserved his revenge in 2011 which remains the greatest playoffs rally for an underdog team.

                                                • MrYouarethecancer
                                                  MrYouarethecancer  1 months back

                                                  Is there a more Jewish face than 1:31?

                                                  • Willdawg 00
                                                    Willdawg 00  1 months back

                                                    Oh, what’s next for Collapse? The Giants or the 49ers?

                                                    Or the Warriors in 4 years?

                                                    • 77 Magic
                                                      77 Magic  1 months back

                                                      Dirk 🏆⛹🏼‍♂️

                                                      • shadyparadox
                                                        shadyparadox  1 months back

                                                        People should have absolutely seen it coming.

                                                        Dallas was 67-15 that year, but 0-3 against the Warriors, including two blowout losses in Oakland. One of them came right at the peak of the Mavs' season, in which they just demolished the Lakers by 30+ the previous game, putting them at 52-9 and a 17-game winning streak. Even at their height, they had no idea how to play the Warriors.

                                                        One problem not mentioned in the video was that while GS's front court was undersized, their backcourt was oversized. Davis and Richardson completely overpowered Harris and Terry, which was one of the lesser known reasons Dallas traded Harris for the larger and more defensive Jason Kidd the following year.

                                                        • Gandydancer
                                                          Gandydancer  1 months back

                                                          You don't give Avery Johnson enough blame for the fiasco. He decided to bench his center and play small ball against the Warriors, as if his was not the better team and the Warriors the team that needed to find something to make up the difference. The lesson was emphasized in the second round, when the Jazz killed the Warriors, behind Carlos Boozer crushing them on the boards and in the paint, playing the opposite of small ball.

                                                          • iammacio
                                                            iammacio  1 months back

                                                            Good job guys. Keep it coming.

                                                            • AquaTheGod FromSpace
                                                              AquaTheGod FromSpace  1 months back

                                                              Where's the beef history????

                                                              • Cullin Burchfield
                                                                Cullin Burchfield  1 months back

                                                                Suggestion: Kari Lehtonen's collapse in the Dallas Stars game 6 vs Anaheim 2014 Playoffs.

                                                                • Veno D313
                                                                  Veno D313  1 months back

                                                                  Shouts to a Detroit PSL legend Mo Ager.

                                                                  • viktorshade
                                                                    viktorshade  1 months back

                                                                    do one on kyle lowry

                                                                    • P 21
                                                                      P 21  1 months back

                                                                      Do a rewinder for Lebron’s 45 points in Boston

                                                                      • PassivesAbseits
                                                                        PassivesAbseits  1 months back

                                                                        Next should be "LeBrons worst NBA Finals Performance", since it would have a clear connection to this video...

                                                                        • RodgerThat
                                                                          RodgerThat  1 months back

                                                                          Do the worst Tom Brady game maybe it’s the game they lost against the jets in divisional game

                                                                          • Anthony Kernich
                                                                            Anthony Kernich  1 months back

                                                                            How the Cavs made the finals that year is a total mystery. They were literally a one man team.

                                                                            • VastBluepuppy 424
                                                                              VastBluepuppy 424  1 months back

                                                                              video idea: Kawhi Leonard, round 2, game 7 game winning shot, and how we got their.

                                                                              • steve ghemning
                                                                                steve ghemning  1 months back

                                                                                SB nation pls pls pls can u guys do a collapse episode about the redskins how they failed multiple times after winning a super bowl, would love it thanks!

                                                                                • Legendaddy
                                                                                  Legendaddy  1 months back

                                                                                  Drift Dirk

                                                                                  • CaucasianJesus
                                                                                    CaucasianJesus  1 months back

                                                                                    Try something esports if possible. Nothing comes to mind, I just think it would be interesting if there is something you could make a video of any substance about.

                                                                                    • Joshua Howard
                                                                                      Joshua Howard  1 months back

                                                                                      Damn 🤣🤣

                                                                                      • Joshua Howard
                                                                                        Joshua Howard  1 months back

                                                                                        ThTs Wild asl

                                                                                        • Nuraby _
                                                                                          Nuraby _  1 months back

                                                                                          Dirk woulda won in 06 if the finals weren't rigged.

                                                                                          • #BennyShoots Videos
                                                                                            #BennyShoots Videos  1 months back

                                                                                            The year of our Lord 2007

                                                                                            • chendaddy
                                                                                              chendaddy  1 months back

                                                                                              Totally agree with the ending. That 2007 We Believe Warriors team was legendary, but I'm able to enjoy them more knowing that Dirk redeemed himself in 2011 by dragging that Mavs team to a championship like nobody I'd seen since Olajuwon in 1994. I love Dirk, and it would have been such a tragedy if his legacy was simply the 2006 and 2007 playoffs. I'm so happy it's not.

                                                                                              • Alex King
                                                                                                Alex King  1 months back

                                                                                                I have two weird rule ideas. The cricketer who turned up with a really wide bat, wider than the wickets.
                                                                                                The jockey who won a race even though he was dead.