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Chill pills, please, about Dirk and LeBron

Dirk Nowitzki wasn't a bum back in 2006, just as LeBron James isn't a choker right now

Originally Published: June 12, 2011
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

Four years ago, Dirk Nowitzki was considered by a whole lot of people who make a living in and around professional basketball to be a player you simply couldn't count on. Couldn't hold a two-game lead when an NBA championship was within his reach in 2006. Couldn't, as the MVP and leader of the No. 1 seed, beat eighth-seeded Golden State the very next season. Dirk, the conclusion went, was a stereotypically soft European big man. Big talent, but no guts. Not tough enough. Not determined enough ...

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