OKLAHOMA CITY – Although he wasn’t exactly thrilled about being picked at the last minute to play in the NBA All-Star game, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki had a grand time while he was in New York City this past weekend.
Nowitzki played just 12 minutes in the game and finished with five points. But he came up with one of the more memorable plays of the game when he grabbed an alley-oop pass from Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry and dunked it.
This was just the ninth alley-oop dunk of Nowitzki’s 17-year storied career and the first time he’s negotiated such a play since 2004.
"Steph finally is a guy that threw a lob to me so I show my talents,’’ Nowitzki said. "You guys don’t believe I still had it, so I had to show it off.’’
It wasn’t just Nowitzki’s alley-oop dunk which got his Western Conference All-Star teammates all hyped up. It was his Vince Carter-like celebration after the dunk which was priceless.
As he went down court following his dunk, Nowitzki paused and pointed his arm skyward, which is one of Carter’s signature moves. The play drew laughter from his teammates.
Carter himself couldn’t help but to contact Nowitzki – even before the West had finished beating the East.
"As soon as I turned my phone on after the game,’’ Nowitzki said. "He said, ‘You going to steal my move now, too?’
"That was definitely a shout-out to him. To me, probably the greatest dunker we’ve ever had in this game.’’