Dirk Nowitzki believes Greg Popovich will lead the Spurs to a legendary victory
Dirk Nowitzki has realized that he won’t be playing in the Western Conference finals. Instead, Dallas Mavericks’ oldest and newest rivals will light up event. So, Dirk Nowitzki has decided to play his part in the Western Conference finals by assessing both teams till the final countdown.
On Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki made an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FMs “Galloway & Company”. In the interview, Dirk Nowitzki talked about the strengths and weaknesses of both teams and predicted the winner of the Western Conference finals.
“I think San Antonio's going to do it, just because they've got one more home game,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “They really came on strong late in the season and they snatched home-court advantage away from OKC (Oklahoma City Thunders). So, I got to think just by that there is a little slight advantage. But honestly, both teams are good enough to win on the opponent's floor, so I would give a slight advantage to San Antonio, but, man, OKC is looking really good.”
Take his word! Dirk Nowitzki really knows how good the Oklahoma City Thunders have been this season. After all they were the ones who drove the Dallas Mavericks out of the first round in just four games.
Dirk Nowitzki can narrate classic battles against the San Antonio Spurs from his career. The pulsating Game 7 encounter between the two teams in the 2006 semifinals is one episode from the chronicles. The Dallas Mavericks won that battle, thanks to a stunning performance from Dirk Nowitzki. The win also granted the Dallas Mavericks their first experience in the NBA Finals.
Back then San Antonio Spurs had their own version of the three musketeers; Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Dirk Nowitzki believes star players will not play as big of a role in the Western Conference finals as the head coach of each team would. According to Dirk Nowitzki, Coach of the Year, Gregg Popovich would be the key to San Antonio Spurs’ victory.
“To me, he's the best coach in the league, he's a genius on both ends of the floor,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “The adjustment that he goes through -- at the beginning they win all their championships with defense, and he saw where the game's going; the game is going to free-flowing and more movement, you need basically four shooters on the floor at all times, and he's the man, he made it all happen.
“With [general manager] R.C. Buford helping him, finding people left and right. I mean, they draft people in the second round that nobody gives them a shot and they turn them into players. They have an amazing franchise and they really do a great job finding people that play well in their system and Pop makes them believe in their system. They're really fun to watch, they're rolling.”