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Nowitzki is first European to be named MVP

Updated: May 16, 2007, 10:40 AM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- As a teenager in Germany, Dirk Nowitzki stayed up late to watch the NBA finals and got up early to watch All-Star games. He worked on his shot every day and came home to a room with a poster of Scottie Pippen on the wall.

Barely 20 when he was drafted, Nowitzki wasn't sure he was ready for the NBA. Even after his rookie season, he wondered "if I had it, if I was going to make it in this league."

"I just kept on working, kept learning, kept my confidence up as ...

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