Dirk Nowitzki Net Worth 2020, Biography, Early Life, Education, Career and Achievement
Dirk Nowitzki Net Worth – Nowitzki is arguably the greatest basketballer out of Germany and one of the best players that have graced the National Basketball Association.
He is often referred to as one of the greatest power forwards of all time and personally, he is my favorite basketballer out of Europe; probably because I grew up watching him making outrageous dunks and impossible shots over and over again.
Early Life, Family, and Education
Although Nowitzki is now an amazing NBA superstar, he actually started out playing an utterly unrelated sport to basketball – tennis. He also dabbled in handball, most likely because of his father’s influence.
However, as the late Myles Monroe would aptly put it “when the purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”.
Dirk Nowitzki had to deal with being ostracized and picked on by his peers because of his height, he stood heads and shoulders above all of them and they, being probably intimidated, began to call him a freak.
Nevertheless, this was a blessing in disguise as his rejection by his peers in tennis and handball redirected him to basketball which in hindsight was the sport he was always destined to play.
He joined his local basketball club, DJK Würzburg and his raw untapped talent were quickly noticed by ex-German international basketballer Holger Geschwindner.
Holger Geschwindner took it upon himself to train Dirk Nowitzki, initially; 2 to 3 times a week but would go on to train Nowitzki every day of the week when he observed that the 15-year-old had the potential to make it big at the world stage.
Nowitzki has been quoted, referring to Holger Geschwindner as his mentor/best friend and owes much of his career success to him.
Dirk Nowitzki was born into a sports family on the 19th of June 1978 in Würzburg, West Germany. His father Jörg-Werner Nowitzki was a professional handball player while his mother Helga Nowitzki was a professional basketball player.
Helga and Jörg-Werner Nowitzki also have a daughter named Silke Nowitzki who started out as a track and field athlete but eventually took to basketball and is currently a presenter on the NBA’s International TV.
Dirk Nowitzki is married to Swedish-Kenyan beauty, Jessica Olsson; who happens to be the only sister to professional footballers Marcus and Martin Olsson. The couple got married on the 20th of July 2012 in a Kenyan traditional wedding at Dirk’s house in Dallas after dating for about 2 years.
Dirk and Jessica have 3 kids together, a daughter born in July 2013 named Malaika and two sons named Max and Morris born on March 2015 and November 2016 respectively.
Prior to his marriage to Jessica, Nowitzki was in a relationship with Sybille Gerer who was a female basketball player at his local boyhood club DJK Würzburg.
Their relationship began in 1992. Nowitzki and Sybille dated for about a decade but they, however, decided to go their separate ways because Sybille wanted a more serious commitment as well as a family and Nowitzki at that point in his life, wasn’t ready for that. They separated amicably and are still friends to date.
Dirk Nowitzki made the DJK Würzburg squad in 1994 at the age of 16 and after turning down an opportunity to play basketball in Spain in 1996 with FC Barcelona Bàsquet because he wanted to complete his Abitur, he eventually joined the Dallas Mavericks in 1998.
Life as a basketball player wasn’t always a breeze neither was it a bed of roses for Dirk Nowitzki.
While he was at DJK Würzburg, he struggled with his grades and form because he was played out of position by his coach Pit Stahl.
Nowitzki also had a bad start to his basketball career at Dallas and was even nicknamed ‘Irk Nowitzki’ without the D in his name for his poor defensive stats.
However, he rose above all his obstacles to go on to become the highest-scoring foreign-born player in the NBA.
Dirk Nowitzki’s basketball talent has earned him several contracts worth millions of dollars, placing his estimated net worth at an overwhelmingly huge sum of 170 million USD.
This makes him one of the richest basketballers alive.