In which sport is Dirk Nowitzki well-known?
Dirk Werner Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978) is a German former professional basketball player. Listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he is widely regarded as one of the greatest power forwards of all time and is considered by many to be the greatest European player of all time.
Nowitzki is the only player ever to play for a single NBA (National Basketball Association) franchise for 21 seasons. He is a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, the first European player to start in an All-Star Game, and the first European player to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.
In international play, Nowitzki led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Championship and silver in EuroBasket 2005, and was the leading scorer and MVP in both tournaments.
Born in Würzburg, Germany, Dirk Werner Nowitzki comes from an athletic family: his mother Helga Nowitzki was a professional basketball player and his father Jörg-Werner was a handball player who represented Germany at the highest international level. His older sister Silke Nowitzki, a local champion in track and field, also became a basketball player and now works for the NBA in International TV.