Dirk Nowitzki regrets not reaching out to the only NBA star who offered to help him as a rookie — “I just didn’t want to bother him with my petty rookie problems” – Basketball Network

Dirk Nowitzki

Despite being credited by some as one of the most influential basketball players of all time, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has always been humble and, more often than not, a little shy. While there’s nothing wrong with it, Nowitzki regrets he wasn’t bold at one point in his life.

A shy rookie

Nowitzki entered the league in 1998 as a 20-year-old prospect from Germany. At the time, there were no YouTube and social media, so fans weren’t really aware of what he could do on the court. He didn’t like socializing, and it was understandable that the young “German Jesus” did not have a lot of help other than the Mavericks organization. Three-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf, a fellow German, was well aware of it, so he decided to offer assistance to his compatriot.