Dirk Nowitzki takes 'Best NBA Player' ESPY

July, 13, 2011
7/13/11
8:45
PM CT
Before the ESPYs hit the airwaves Wednesday, several awards were doled out, including Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki being named "Best NBA Player."

The NBA Finals MVP and 13-year Mavs veteran beat out Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and the NBA's 2010-11 MVP Derrick Rose.

After accepting the award, Nowitzki spent time with ESPN Radio morning show co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg. Nowitzki touched on his beautifully ragged spontaneous rendition of "We are the Champions" from the American Airlines balcony overlooking Victory Plaza after the parade.

He also said he doesn't expect the lockout to last very long.

"I really can't see this going on too long," Nowitzki said. "I think that the game is at a great stage; I think The Finals having been watched by so many people as it has been in a long time. I just think both sides have to come together. It's always a little give and take, not one side is going to get everything. So, hopefully we're going to get by this period and both settle in and get a deal done. I just can't see us having another long lockout."

Awards still ahead include the Mavs going for "Best Team," and Nowitzki is up for "Best Male Athlete."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 2.7 0.9 32.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.8
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2