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Nowitzki’s mentor Geschwindner is back in town

Holger Geschwindner, Dirk Nowitzki's coach and mentor from Germany, is back in Dallas to help Rajon Rondo with his shot.
Holger Geschwindner, Dirk Nowitzki's coach and mentor from Germany, is back in Dallas to help Rajon Rondo with his shot. Star-Telegram/Sharon M. Steinman

Dirk Nowitzki’s long-time mentor, coach and friend is back in town. And that could pay dividends for the Dallas Mavericks on two fronts.

Holger Geschwindner coached Nowitzki for years in Germany and has annually made frequent stops in Dallas throughout the 17-year veteran’s career. But the last time Geschwindner came to Dallas last month, he brought another Mavericks player under his wing.

Point guard Rajon Rondo.

It’s no secret that Rondo doesn’t have a pure jump shot. That’s where Geschwindner can step in and assist him through the process of formalizing a jump shot that’s mechanically sound.

“The good thing now is that Rondo had started working with him before the All-Star break and a little after, and then Holger had to go back (to Germany),’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “Now they can pick back up and Rondo can spend more time with Holger, which will be a real positive, too.”

In the 12 games he’s played in since the All-Star break, Rondo is 51 of 114 from the field for 44.7 percent, and 3-of-11 from 3-point range for 27.3 percent.

Nowitzki and Geschwindner have been known to spend long hours in the arena working on various facets of his game.

“The difference is they have these sessions every day -- sometimes they’re after practice, sometimes they come back at night,’’ Carlisle said. “They have this regimen and they’re really used to it and very comfortable with it.

“And whenever he comes back around, it’s just a time to study and refine things a little bit. That’s the way I view it.’’

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