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

    Subscribe: goo.gl/Nbabae
    Check out our full video catalog: goo.gl/9pMHRV
    Visit our playlists: goo.gl/NvpZFF
    Like SB Nation on Facebook: goo.gl/Pzcs7O
    Follow on Twitter: goo.gl/5LI02D
    Follow on Instagram: goo.gl/aY2FFK
    Explore SB Nation: sbnation.com
  • Sport Sport

Comments • 1 095

  • SB Nation
    SB Nation   3 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 months back

      Love this series glad it’s back!!

    • Quinn Olivarez
      Quinn Olivarez  2 months 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 months back

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

    • SB Nation
      SB Nation   3 months back

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

    • Glenn Bryant
      Glenn Bryant  3 months back

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

  • Antonio Wombdiska
    Antonio Wombdiska  3 days back

    “You weren’t there. But, me and Dupree were there” lmfao shows a pic of Owen Wilson

    • Injustice Anywhere Threatens Justice Everywhere

      Its not single moments that should define someone. Its when it keeps happening again and again.

      • Andrew Jenkins
        Andrew Jenkins  3 weeks back

        Do rich Gannon’s super bowl performance! As a life long raiders fan that was BRUTAL!!!!

        • Mario Bryant
          Mario Bryant  4 weeks back

          Sure Nowitzki got the ring in 2011- props to him for finally getting one. But 2007 to be honest could’ve been a cruise control to the championship after the disappointment the year before. When the Mavericks lost game 1, it was like uh oh, the Warriors could beat them in the series. Game 6 was like damn, the Warriors hit them with an avalanche in the third quarter. A close game that Nowitzki was a no show turned out to be that way, the Warriors went into the zone and shut him down.

          • C B
            C B  4 weeks back

            Don't call it a comeback. Glad to see this series back in the mix. This and Beef History are staples of my Recommended feed.

            • Kevin Bertalotto
              Kevin Bertalotto  1 months back

              Overrated af

              • Deepanshu bhushan
                Deepanshu bhushan  1 months back

                Do a collapse on Ray Allen and The Seattle Supersonics!!!

                • Neil Pangan
                  Neil Pangan  1 months back

                  He changed his game after that series it became more mature. It will be a suicide if you defend him the same way the warriors did when he was in his early 30s.

                  • Neil Pangan
                    Neil Pangan  1 months back

                    His passing game is still not polished until 09-10 season.

                    • athenasatanjesus
                      athenasatanjesus  1 months back

                      This series made Dirk so underrated, replace Dirk with Kobe over his career ,and Dirk would have as many rings or more, while Kobe would have no rings and would not have any 60 win seasons.

                      • LONDON PERDOMO
                        LONDON PERDOMO  2 months back

                        Hey dumb dumb again my name in case your mama address beat me up my name in the world Baby T because that’s my brother not mine but my name is Noel Baby T at her name my name in the world address is 40952695259M and my phone number is 196-96555555-206-5522 and if you want any more contact me by my wanna call me my 650-565-5522 Big dummy take something find any I get let me get the phone number are dumb dumb stupid

                        • LONDON PERDOMO
                          LONDON PERDOMO  2 months back

                          Take your choir talking about my little my big brother not want to talk about him knowing damn well he said so I’m on like every single video and please do not get mad at me but your video stink even though I haven’t watched any but this is only because you talk about my show never to say anything about my brother again and we cool right now say anything about my brother again. First. What are you talk about me don’t talk to me like that downtown right there about that we need you to stop talking about him or else meet my brother I’m gonna stop liking all your videos were watching the game and tell you to delete all your videos like all right dark so do not talk about him anymore and if I hear one peep about him I’m coming over to your house I don’t care where you’re at I just said and once I get to the bar and the baba baba baba right so be careful with your potty mouth all right and oh and and watch your mouth yeah because you can’t talk to my brother like that all right my big brother little brother he’ll be Jewish cute beat you all the way up yeah I want to beat me what I be him yeah I’m going to eat you I am I don’t know like two years ago but still I’m good at karate so if you ever tried breaking down my house and if you ever say stuff about my brother

                          • Abbie Urick
                            Abbie Urick  2 months back

                            please get some more hockey videos in

                            • VT 24
                              VT 24  2 months back

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

                              • Jay Lew
                                Jay Lew  2 months back

                                Damn, poor moses

                                • Leo Ferwer
                                  Leo Ferwer  2 months 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 months back

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

                                    • acorn sucks
                                      acorn sucks  2 months back

                                      Great video.

                                      • acorn sucks
                                        acorn sucks  2 months back

                                        Snoopy Dogg is an idiot.

                                        • Harry Fisher
                                          Harry Fisher  2 months back

                                          Stephen Jackson owned dirk

                                          • zScorpionKillerz
                                            zScorpionKillerz  2 months back

                                            The best part I met Dirk in real life 😎😎

                                            • Rory Garhart
                                              Rory Garhart  3 months back

                                              the worst trade deadline

                                              • King Trawal
                                                King Trawal  3 months back

                                                Beating the Stacked Heatles makes Dirk the GOAT

                                                • tmacman
                                                  tmacman  3 months 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  3 months back

                                                    make the worst sunday night game saints colts 2011

                                                    • Zakk Tracy
                                                      Zakk Tracy  3 months back

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

                                                      • Martin Mendoza
                                                        Martin Mendoza  3 months back

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

                                                        • Darth Maul
                                                          Darth Maul  3 months back

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

                                                          • Marit Seim Ekeland
                                                            Marit Seim Ekeland  3 months back

                                                            2:10 wrong denver was the first

                                                            • Matt Hov
                                                              Matt Hov  3 months 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  3 months 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  3 months back

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

                                                                  • Frederico Espinoza
                                                                    Frederico Espinoza  3 months 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  3 months back

                                                                      Worst Stanley Cup final? 1996 Colorado vs Florida perhaps.

                                                                      • Zhuoran Li
                                                                        Zhuoran Li  3 months 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  3 months back

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

                                                                          • MrYouarethecancer
                                                                            MrYouarethecancer  3 months back

                                                                            Is there a more Jewish face than 1:31?

                                                                            • Willdawg 00
                                                                              Willdawg 00  3 months back

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

                                                                              Or the Warriors in 4 years?

                                                                              • shadyparadox
                                                                                shadyparadox  3 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  3 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  3 months back

                                                                                    Good job guys. Keep it coming.

                                                                                    • AquaTheGod FromSpace
                                                                                      AquaTheGod FromSpace  3 months back

                                                                                      Where's the beef history????

                                                                                      • Cullin Burchfield
                                                                                        Cullin Burchfield  3 months back

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

                                                                                        • Veno D313
                                                                                          Veno D313  3 months back

                                                                                          Shouts to a Detroit PSL legend Mo Ager.

                                                                                          • viktorshade
                                                                                            viktorshade  3 months back

                                                                                            do one on kyle lowry

                                                                                            • P 21
                                                                                              P 21  3 months back

                                                                                              Do a rewinder for Lebron’s 45 points in Boston

                                                                                              • PassivesAbseits
                                                                                                PassivesAbseits  3 months back

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