NBA rivals Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki finally BURY BEEF after 12 years

Dirk Nowitzki reveals that he and Dwyane Wade have finally sorted their beef.


NBA rivals Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki finally BURY BEEF after 12 years

Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade (Source: USA Today)


Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, two legendary basketball players, have a history of intense clashes that have left a mark on the league. Their rivalry wasn’t characterized by friendly banter; instead, it was fueled by on-court experiences that sparked pure animosity between them. The rivalry reached its peak during the 2006 NBA Finals when Wade’s Miami Heat and Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks faced off in an unforgettable showdown.

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Nearly two decades have passed since Wade and Nowitzki‘s rivalry, marked by animosity and on-court beef. In 2006, Wade’s Miami Heat secured their first NBA Championship by defeating Nowitzki’s Mavericks in six games, bouncing back from a 2-1 deficit. However, the story didn’t end there. Five years later, Nowitzki and the Mavericks delivered a shocking turn of events, getting their revenge and leaving a lasting impact on their rivalry.

Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks, considered underdogs, defied all odds to claim the NBA Title in 2011, surpassing the star-studded Miami Heat team, featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and more. Nowitzki’s exceptional performance not only secured the championship but also earned him the Finals MVP award. This unexpected victory added further intensity to their already heated rivalry.

But now years later they have finally buried their beef and found mutual respect for each other. In a recent interview, with the “Dallas Morning News,” Nowitzki revealed how he and Wade have settled their beef during the events leading up to the upcoming HOF ceremony. Dirk giving Wade his flowers also mentioned how they had dinner together months ago which sorted things between them.

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The 2011 FMVP said, “Obviously we’ve gone through a lot, some ups and downs. But at the end of the day, he is one of the greatest players ever to play the game, so it’s an honor to have him in the class. If any hard feelings lingered in the next four years, they seemingly were buried in Houston four months ago. We sat together with his family during one of the dinners, and we talked. And so I think it’s going to be great. I think there’s a lot of mutual respect there now.”

It is heartening to witness two basketball legends like Wade and Nowitzki set aside their past rivalry and develop mutual respect for each other. As they are set to be inducted into the prestigious Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame next week, they will have the opportunity to share the stage once again, but this time, it will be accompanied by a special bond that has grown over the years.

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The moment which fueled the rivalry between Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade

Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

In the intense rivalry between Dirk Nowitzki and the Miami Heat’s “Big 3” during the 2011 NBA Finals, Dirk’s exceptional determination and skill were put to the test as he battled flu-like symptoms.

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Despite LeBron James and Dwyane Wade mockingly fake coughing to belittle his condition, Dirk’s unwavering spirit drove him to showcase a remarkable performance on the court. With sheer resilience, he led the Dallas Mavericks to a stunning victory, silencing his detractors and leaving an enduring mark on the rivalry.

Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks bagged the title in six games which was the ultimate success from their side. And, Dirk even addressed the mocking and disrespectful behavior of Wade and James. He said, “I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant. I’ve been in this league for 13 years. I’ve never faked an injury or an illness before.”

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