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Dirk Nowitzki’s Lack of Killer Instinct Killing Dallas Mavericks

Published by on May 6, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

I've been a Dirk fan and apologist for years.

I've ignored his inconsistent killer instinct because I love his game so much.  The patience, the footwork—I'm a sucker for it.

But I have to admit that his lack of consistent motivation to destroy his opponent has and still is holding him and his team back.

It seems as though sometimes he either doesn't understand who he is as a player, or doesn't understand how important it is for a team to have its best player assert himself and impose his will.

When Dirk was at his best—in 2005, the 2006 Western Conference playoffs, and the 2007 regular season—he had "beast" written all over him every time he walked on the floor.


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