Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/3/11
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There once was a time when Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was known as a player who could get his when it came to filling up a stat sheet, but struggled to break through and play well when it mattered most. Of course, the All-Star erased any sort of doubts this spring when he carried the Mavs to an NBA title, almost solely thanks to a historic run of basketball from Nowitzki. Now that Nowitzki has reached the top of the basketball mountain -- not to mention he now has a lot of free time on his hands thanks to...

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