The Mavericks forward is averaging 28.4 points per game and shooting 51% from three-point range in the playoffs entering the Finals.
Do you need a championship to validate your place among the greatest players of all time?
Dirk Nowitzki: I don't really see myself as one of the greats of all time.
Your coach, Rick Carlisle, said you were in the top 10.
DN: In his top 10 there are like nine Celtics, and I'm the only non-Celtic. That whole top 10 ... you can throw that out the window. I don't know what he was taking that morning.
What would an NBA title mean to you?
DN: We came so close five years ago. [The Heat] came back and beat us. It [would be] in the back of my mind for the rest of my life if I had never gotten another chance. I don't really care what it would mean to my legacy. It just means so much to me to get this chance again.
When was the last time you watched the 2006 NBA Finals?