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For Dirk Nowitzki, the slate is clean

Funny how sports works. It's as if all those prior playoff failures never happened

Originally Published: June 16, 2011
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

So all is forgotten and forgiven? Is that the way it goes?

The answer is yes. This is how we live.

Dirk Nowitzki finally got that ring. Finally seized the moment. Finally lived up to what we've been waiting for him to be.

But does that mean that nothing from before matters now? That all of what went on, all that occurred before this -- the past five years of disappointment, underachieving, "choking," not coming through at playoff time and not living up ...

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