Viewers watching the NBA Finals last night may have noticed that Dirk Nowitzki left the court in the final seconds before the game was over. He therefore missed the customary post-game celebration and shaking hands with the opposing team. Some reports have speculated that it was a “lack of class” on Dirk’s part that he left.
I don’t think that’s what it was at all. If you were watching closely (see above), you saw that Dirk covered his face with his Jersey apparently wiping away tears. The broadcasters noted Dirk’s emotion in the moment. Indeed, in a post-game interview with Hannah Storm, Dirk explained why he left the court early:
“I had to get a moment. I was crying a bit. I was a little emotional. â€¦ I didn’t actually want to come out for the trophy, but the guys had to talk me into it… I was a little too emotional, I didn’t want to come out like that”
So I don’t think he left the court for nefarious reasons. I think the bottom line is that Dirk is just like every other male of the species. He doesn’t want people to see him cry.
Here’s the post-game interview with Hannah Storm. The question about leaving the court is at about 4:50.