Larry Sent Dirk a Congratulatory Text

Nice little gesture from the Legend. (h/t ProBasketballTalk)

Dirk Nowitzki was on the Mavericks’ bus to the Orlando airport when his phone vibrated and he saw the text from Larry Legend.

It was a congratulatory message from Larry Bird, the man Nowitzki passed on Tuesday night for 25th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“That’s pretty cool,” Nowitzki said.

Pretty cool, indeed. Bird has been a fan of Nowitzki’s throughout his career and Nowitzki said he feels privileged and humbled by passing Bird.

I love, love, love Dirk so don’t get me wrong here, but more than anything, this just makes me sad since it reminds me how injury-shortened the end of Bird’s career was. He was the guy smacking his dome on the parquet while diving headfirst after loose balls and stubbornly refusing to take time off even as back started to fail, so it wasn’t a Yao Ming situation of bad-luck genetics. Still, had his body held out a little longer, Dirk’s name wouldn’t be ahead of his on the leaderboard. Not yet anyway.

Mostly, however, congrats to Mr. Nowitzki.

And don’t worry, Paul Pierce. You should be getting a similar text around this time next year.

Tags: Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Larry Bird Paul Pierce Steve Nash

  • Alphamav

    There will never be another Larry Bird and I also wish that his body would have lasted longer. I’m a huge Dirk fan and rue the day that he hangs it up. The younger generation missed out on watching what a real basketball player looked like when he played. Not blessed with superior physical skills, Bird beat players with raw skill and craft. From the shoulders up he had no peers in my eyes. He led a team from 29 wins to 61 during his rookie year which shows how he made the others better players.He was one of a kind and his gracious gesture to Dirk is validation enough of how fine a player Dirk is and it is most appreciated by Maverick fans. Thanks Larry Legend!