Interview

Warum Dirk Nowitzki beinahe Handballspieler geworden wäre

Er ist der erfolgreichste deutsche Basketballspieler – und hat in den USA eine Weltkarriere hingelegt. Ein Gespräch mit Dirk Nowitzki über die Schattenseiten des Ruhms, Liebe und den Wert von Luxus.

Foto: nike

Seit 1998 schon spielt Dirk Nowitzki in der amerikanischen Basketball-Profiliga und hat dort so ziemlich alles erreicht, was man erreichen kann. Mit seinem Team, den Dallas Mavericks, wurde er Meister, er selbst wurde zum wertvollsten Spieler der Liga gewählt und zu den zehn erfolgreichsten Korbjägern der Geschichte gehört er obendrein. Nun kommt mit „Nowitzki. Der perfekte Wurf“ ein Dokumentarfilm in die Kinos (Start: 18. September) , für den sich der Franke zwei Jahre lang von Regisseur Sebastian Dehnhardt begleiten ließ. Wir trafen den weltweit gefeierten Ausnahmesportler aus diesem Anlass in Frankfurt zum Interview.

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