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Dirk Nowitzki Fails Horribly At Being A Soccer Player


There's not many players in NBA history that can say they're capable dual-sport athletes. Current Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge is one name that springs to mind, playing professional baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays in between his NBA career with the Celtics. But Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is not one of those athletes.

During Nowitzki's annual charity soccer match held in Mainz, Germany, Dirk showcased his soccer talent on multiple levels.

First, it was a pretty ambitious attempt at a bicycle kick towards goal inside the box. Being over 7'0 and 40 years old, you'd think that Dirk's body wouldn't allow him to complete it. Well, see for yourself.

After that atrocity, Dirk was called to the penalty spot in the 68th minute. Players kill for penalty opportunities in real games, as they're some of the easiest scoring chances to slot away into the back of the net. Dirk didn't get that memo however.

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You can't fault Dirk as it is a game for charity, and he spends the majority of his time icing his knees so he can still stay productive for the Dallas Mavericks, but maybe Nowitzki should rethink a potential move to the German Bundesliga after he retires from the NBA.