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Monday, December 10, 2012
Dirk Nowitzki to get Naismith Legacy Award

By Richard Durrett

DALLAS -- Jim Naismith, grandson of basketball inventor Dr. James Naismith, will be on hand for tonight's game with the Sacramento Kings to present the Naismith Legacy Award to Dirk Nowitzki.

The award is presented to players, coaches and other individuals or organizations from the game of basketball honoring their role in furthering the values of honor, respect and integrity -- both on an off the court.

"We want to recognize folks that have had significant contributions to the game of basketball," said Damon Fogal, CEO of the Naismith Legacy Foundation. "It's the first time we've given this award to an international player. Dirk has had a huge impact in the world of basketball across the globe."

Nowitzki will receive the award at halftime of tonight's game.