Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Rick Carlisle classified Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's recent comments about Dirk Nowitzki as disappointing. Abdul-Jabbar recently called Nowitzki "a one-trick pony" who has not had a dominant career. "Dirk personifies greatness, what greatness is in the NBA and in sport in general, just the way he approaches everything," Carlisle said on 103.3 FM ESPN, adding that Nowitzki has carried a franchise with "very little Hall of Fame help" compared to other all-time greats. "I view the comments as unfortunate, and I love the way that Dirk handled it. He handled it in his normal, classy, humble but truthful way. And his sincerity is something that is really one of the gems in all of sports. That's another thing that makes him extremely special."