Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade have been entangled in numerous battles dating back to when Wade entered the NBA in 2003. The Miami Heat would select Wade with the 5th pick out of Marquette University after his junior season. The two would first meet in the finals back in 2006, which saw the Dallas Mavericks win the first two games of the series at home.
The series would shift from American Airlines Center in Dallas to American Airlines Arena in Miami, and that is when things started to get interesting.
19-year NBA Veteran Jamal Crawford recently shared his thoughts on what the NBA will miss when both Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki decide to retire.
“Two champs! Two guys, who kind of refined theirs positions, with Dirk we have never seen one legged step back shot that he has mastered. We have never seen a guy that is seven feet, even Bird who was 6’9, 6’10 but never seen a guy who is seven feet shooting three like that. So, Dirk, he is unbelievable, and he is one of the best players ever to play. I have never played with him, but talking to Jason Terry and guys like that they talk about his work ethic and how humble he is, and there is no mistake or accident why he is where he is today,” said Jamal Crawford.
He would continue:
“As far as D Wade, I have said this numerous times before; he is one of the three toughest players I have ever played against Kobe, Iverson, and him. What’s underrated by him is we say he is the third-best shooting guard, but he isn’t a shooter like that. So, he did everything on the court, and he was just a problem, and he would do whatever it took to win whether it would be a big steal, block, assists, rebound or take charge. The game will definitely miss something when those guys are gone.”