Dirk Nowitzki officially got paid Wednesday afternoon, so how did the German celebrate? By playing soccer of course. The Dallas Mavericks forward was back in his homeland for a charity soccer match in Mainz, and demonstrated exactly why he made the right choice with basketball.
In Nowitzki’s defense, a bicycle kick is not exactly a beginner’s move. Plus, you just try swinging a 7-foot-1 frame around in time to actually land an effective strike on the ball, easier said than done.
To his credit, Nowitzki hardly took himself too seriously. He even mimicked Simone Zaza’s infamous missed penalty kick from Euro 2016 that ultimately sent his German compatriots on to the semifinals.
Nowitzki is still a treat to watch on the basketball court, but if this is any indication what his post-NBA life will be like, then count me in for Nowitzki’s second chapter on the charity soccer circuit.