Dirk Nowitzki showed up to Dallas Mavericks training camp several weeks ago in full surfer-dude mode. Sporting a beard straight out of the Geico caveman commercials, the longest hair of his career, and a lighter frame, the German seven-footer looked ready to catch a wave. More important to head coach Rick Carlisle, owner Mark Cuban and the fans, Nowitzki appeared to have shed some emotional weight, too. He found out this summer the woman he once planned to marry, the partner with whom he wanted to father children, was a fraud. While it would not be advisable for the music director at American Airlines Center to play “Billie Jean” at Mavs home games, Nowitzki seems to have put the Cristal Taylor nightmare behind him. Carlisle can only hope his ...
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