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A Man Alone: Dirk vs. the Heat

Two differing views on Dirk Nowitzki's heroic run through the 2011 Playoffs

Originally Published: June 9, 2011
By Jay Caspian Kang and Bill Barnwell

After this year of scolding and moral posturing, we have arrived at a final scene: Dirk Nowitzki — a simple man from vague origins — walks alone into battle against three mercenaries whose heedless and reckless pursuit of personal gain has unhinged the American Way. Everyone our hero has trusted and loved has either betrayed him (Jason Terry) or has died (Jason Kidd, Peja Stojakovic). And although the journey has long since lost its direction, the people's hero pushes on, not because ...

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