Dirk Nowitzki’s bag got lost in Miami and he had some hilarious tweets about it

Dirk-Nowitzki-MavericksThe Dallas Mavericks traveled to Miami on Thursday for a Friday night game against the Heat, and Dirk Nowitzki experienced a classic airline issue in the process. His bag was either lost or stolen.

Many of us know what it’s like to have your luggage misplaced during a trip, and it is not a great feeling. But Dirk — being the jokester that he is — seemed to take it in stride. He initially sent this funny tweet on Friday, presumably when he realized that his bag was nowhere to be found.

Fortunately, Dirk’s luggage was recovered and delivered to his room the day after it was lost. He later revealed what “sweet clothes” he was referring to in his first tweet.

As if the misplaced bag wasn’t enough, the Mavericks later lost to the Heat when LeBron James stole Nowitzki’s signature move to put the game away. At least Dirk got his lederhosen back. Since it’s still very early in the season, the lederhosen takes priority over everything else.

LeBron James does Dirk Nowitzki shot to beat Mavericks (Video)

LeBron James Dirk shotLeBron James used Dirk Nowitzki’s signature move to perfection to beat the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

The Miami Heat were leading the Mavs 100-97 with under three minutes left in the game when Dirk Nowitzki made a jumper to make it a 1-point game. LeBron answered by making a shot using Dirk’s one-legged fadeaway jumper to put the Heat back up 102-99. That was the backbreaker, as the Heat extended the lead to 108-99 before eventually winning 110-104.

You can see LeBron do the Dirk move at the 1:05 mark in this highlight video:

LeBron finished with 39 points on 14-for-18 shooting. He went 10-for-11 at the line to seal the game. Dirk had a solid game as well, going for 28 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

LeBron explained his Dirk shot.

“It was a show of respect. I have a lot of respect for Dirk,” LeBron said after the game, per Bleacher Report’s Ethan J. Skolnick.

I don’t know if that means LeBron did it intentionally because of Dirk, or just because the move fit at the time, but that was awesome.

Mark Cuban: Dirk Nowitzki can still be an MVP candidate

Dirk NowitzkiFew people consider the Dallas Mavericks a legitimate contender for the upcoming NBA season, but owner Mark Cuban says you should not count out his team. Specifically, he believes that many people are wrongly writing off franchise player Dirk Nowitzki, whom Cuban says can still be an MVP candidate.

Though Dirk was one of the top players in the NBA for over a decade, he had a dropoff last year after returning from arthroscopic knee surgery. He averaged 17.3 points and 31.3 minutes per game last season, which were both the lowest totals since his rookie season. Still, keep in mind that a big reason for the dropoff was his return from knee surgery. At least that’s what Cuban wants you to remember.

“If there’s one missing piece between what everyone is saying and what we’re doing, everybody, I think, has dismissed Dirk — like Dirk is done and he’s on the downside and he can’t play anymore and he’s not the type of contributor that he was,” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company, per ESPN Dallas.

Cuban then made a pretty convincing case that Nowitzki still has it.

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Dirk Nowitzki flops during charity soccer game (Video)

Dirk-Nowitzki-soccer-flopBasketball season has officially ended in the NBA, but Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is still looking for calls. Dirk and a team of All-Star soccer players participated in a charity soccer game recently to help promote youth education and interest in soccer. At one point, the big fella drew a penalty with some fantastic acting.

As you can see, Wolfsburg’s Marcel Schafer went to the ground for an attempted slide tackle and Nowitzki immediately reacted by face-planting like he had been tripped. He got the call, and Schafer looked legitimately angry about it despite the fact that it was a charity event.

Perhaps this will give you a better understanding of Dirk’s opinion on the NBA’s new flopping rules. He has clearly mastered the art — both on the court and the pitch.

Dirk Nowitzki finally shaves his beard

Dirk Nowitzki shaves beard

Dirk Nowitzki finally got to shave his beard after over two months of waiting.

Dirk was one of several Mavericks who vowed in February not to shave until the team got back to .500 for the season. They came close a few times recently, but they weren’t able to get back to even until Sunday.

Dallas beat New Orleans 107-89 to improve to 40-40, and coach Rick Carlisle says Dirk was already shaving less than two minutes after entering the locker room. Team owner Mark Cuban was proud to beam out the notice using his Bat Signal:

Dirk had 19 points in the win. Getting to shave is a bittersweet reward; this will be the first time Dallas misses the playoffs since the 1999-2000 season.

Here’s a before look at Dirk in his thick beard:

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Dirk Nowitzki celebrates winning shot, looks like a caveman (Picture)

Dirk Nowitzki caveman

Dirk Nowitzki hit the winning shot to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls Saturday 100-98, and he celebrated like a madman. One thing you’ll notice about Nowitzki is that he looked just like a caveman as he celebrated. Refusing to shave for nearly two months will do that to someone.

As we told you last month, several Mavericks players vowed not to shave until the team got back to .500 for the season. They were 21-28 at the time they made the commitment, and they’re 36-37 after beating the Bulls.

Dallas was 35-36 after beating the Clippers on Tuesday. They actually had a barber prepared to trim their hair after Thursday’s game against the Pacers, but they lost that game to fall two games below .500. Now they’re back to where they were. Their next chance to get back to .500 will be Tuesday when they play at the Lakers.

Below is a video of Dirk’s awesome shot plus some Dirk caveman memes:

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Dirk Nowitzki hilariously messes with Sacramento Kings security guard (Video)

dirk security guardDirk Nowitzki had a great moment with a Sacramento Kings security guard last week. The officials for the Mavericks-Kings game were doing a video review of a play with 36.1 seconds remaining in the game. Dirk was trying to work his way over towards the monitors to see how things were going with the review, only there was one problem: a bold security guard stood in his way.

The old man shadowed Dirk wherever he went and boxed out the Dallas all-star. His

“That’s the best defense Sacramento has played!” the announcers agreed.

“This is textbook defense!” the amused announcers said.

Dirk even had sly grin on his face as he tried to outmaneuver the guard by reversing course, but it didn’t work. He should have tried some sort of crossover.

Dirk eventually gave up and playfully pretended to punch the guard in the stomach, and the man reacted with all the emotion of a Buckingham Palace guard.

The whole thing was awesome. The review went Dallas’ way, and the Mavs went on to win 117-112 in overtime.

Video via Dallas Mavericks H/T Marcel Mutoni