posted by HERSHEYS .
I need to write a bio about Dirk New. the basketball player on the mavericks!
okay here is something i found on the web is this okay if i copy it but write in in my own words but here is the bio.-
Dirk Nowitzki was born in Würzburg (de), Germany, on June 19, 1978. His father, Jörg, played handball and his mother, Helen, starred for the German women's national basketball team. Following in his father's footsteps he played handball first and did not pick up basketball until he was thirteen.
Right before the NBA draft, Dirk completed his mandatory military service in the German army from 9/1/97 to 6/30/98. During the summer break, he frequently travels back to German and is a welcome guest on German TV (de) shows. His older sister, Silke, works for the NBA in International TV. When Dirk was 16 years old, Holger Geschwindner, the captain of the 1972 German Olympic Team, noticed this tall and skinny kid while attending one of his games. Impressed with Dirk's intuitive understanding of the game he offered to coach Dirk individually.To balance mind and body, Geschwindner not only coached Dirk in matters of skills, technique, and conditioning but also encouraged him to learn fencing and play the saxophone and guitar. Geschwindner not only polished this raw gem of a player but was also instrumental when Dirk entered the NBA Draft.Dirk was the key player who lead his home team DJK Würzburg to the Division II championship and its ascent to the Bundesliga (de) the German First Division. In 1998, the German magazine Basket (de) named Dirk Player of the Year.Dirk applied for early entry to the 1998 NBA Draft, where he was chosen ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. Immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he started slow but soon emerged as one of the top international players in the NBA.
A star player for the Dallas Mavericks, standing at 7' feet tall, Nowitzki is considered one of the NBA's most dangerous players as he is an all-purpose player in the forward position, who is able to score both on the inside and outside. While some just consider him one of the best players in the NBA today, others go as far as to say that he is one of the best players to come out of Europe since basketball began.Born in Wurzburg, West Germany on June19, 1978, Dirk Werner Nowitzki came from a very athletic family. With his father being a handball player and his mother playing basketball for the German Women's National Basketball Team, it was only natural that he and his sister take up a sport as well. It seemed that basketball was in their genes, and Dirk considered attending many different colleges, including Pennsylvania State. But, his dreams of college were squashed when he was drafted into the civil service in Germany. Although he was allowed to play pro basketball on the weekends, he continued to serve in the German Military from September 1997 to June 1998.His basketball career seemed to stay confined to Europe though, until a team of American NBA stars played the German team in September of 1997, and he was finally noticed by several of the players from America, which included Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen. Barkley even offered the tall, lanky teen any amount of money to go to America and attend his old alma mater, Aubrn University. But, Nowitzki refused, opting to stay in Germany due to his continuing military service. It wasn't until March of 1998 that Nowitzki finally gained international recognition when he scored 33 points and gained 14 rebounds in the Nike Hoop Summit in San Antonio, Texas, and led his team to victory over the US team.When Nowitzki declared for the 1998 NBA Draft, he had already gained a promise to be drafted in the 10th selection from Rick Pitino, who was the head coach for the Boston Celtics, but, the Dallas Mavericks drafted him before the Celtics could get their hands on him. Although Nowitzki had technically been drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks, there was a lot of trading and arrangements between teams for picks so he went to the Dallas Mavericks in the end, along with another young star, Steve Nash. Although the Mavericks believed, and openly stated, that Nowitzki would be the Rookie of the Year for the 1998-1999 season, it was understandable that the fans were upset when he looked lost on the court and did not win the coveted title.So, in the off-season, he returned home, training and working on his game. This extra training proved to be just what he needed, and in the 1999-2000 season, he had an average score of 17.5 points per game. This along with his average of 6.5 rebounds and several other noted improvements on his overall game, helped to earn him the second spot for the Most Improved Player. He continued to improve on his game and in the 2000-2001 season, he was named to the All-NBA team, the first player from the Mavericks to do so. In the 2001-2002 season, he upped his average points per game to over 23, and gained an average of over 9 rebounds per game as well. In this season, he was once again selected to the All-Star NBA game, making the second team this time. He also played for the German National Team and helped them to finish third at the FIBA World Championships.He continued to play throughout the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons with the Mavericks, despite an ankle injury that he suffered, which never quite healed all the way. During the 2003-2004 season, he finished 10th overall in the NBA for scoring, at an average of 21.8 points per game. In the 2004-2005 season, fans and critics all over felt that Nowitzki's game would suffer when his counterpart on the court, Steve Nash, left the Mavericks and headed for Phoenix. But, Nowitzki surprised everyone when his overall game improved drastically. During this season, he performed above expectations and even gained a career best when he scored 53 points during overtime in the game against the Houston Rockets.During the 2004-2005 season, he was again named to the All-Star teams for the NBA, except this time to the first team, thus becoming the first player in the history of the All-Star team to make the first team that had never attended a US high school or college. Even throughout the 2005-2006 season, Nowitzki continues to heighten his scoring and rebounds, making improvements in every aspect of his game.