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The Mavs player who nearly broke Dirk's fingers

Dirk-Nowitzki

You're drafted by the Hawks with the 28th pick, and after two years, they trade you to the Blazers. Five months later, the Blazers trade you to the Warriors, who a month later ship you to the Mavericks. It's safe to say you're career isn't as stable as you'd hope. But then, Avery Johnson decides to retire, and a roster spot opens up on the Mavericks. Finally, some luck came your way. This is a chance you are not missing out on. 

“I owe a lot of my career to Avery, simply for the fact that I had a great training camp… if you remember how Avery just all of a sudden just stepped back and said, ‘Hey, I’m not playing this year, I’m just a coach.' A lot of that was due to the fact that I had such a good training camp,”

Dan Dickau, Dallas Sports Fanatics

Dickau was finally settling into a role on the Mavericks when the scariest moment of his career happened. While in Miami, some of the team decided to go out to eat. That's how the Miami flu stars, by the way. The cab pulled up, and Dirk headed for the front seat but decided to move out of the way and let Dickau sit in the front. Before Dirk got into the car, Dickau accidentally slammed the door on Nowitzki's fingers. 

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“This was after having to earn my way onto the squad and Dirk; he’s an MVP type guy… I’m thinking I just broke his fingers,”

Dan Dickau, Dallas Sports Fanatics

Can you imagine the horror that went through Dan Dickau's mind as he saw Nowitzki grab his hand in excruciating pain? Dan finally found a team that had a place for him, and he's probably broke their perennial MVP candidate's hand. His career looked as good as over. Luckily for Dickau, Dirk's hands are made of steel. 

“It worked out because Dirk went out and had like 42 that night against Miami. So, maybe someone needed to slam his fingers in the car door more often.”

Dan Dickau, Dallas Sports Fanatics

Not related to this episode, Dickau's stint with the Mavericks turned out to be short. He was traded to New Orleans, where he got substantial playing time that led to him averaging 13 points per game and a new contract the following offseason. He played a total of six years in the NBA and earned a bit over $11 million. Today, Dan works as an on-air broadcaster for ESPN, the Pac-12 Network, CBS Sports Network, and Westwood One. 

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