œGermany has produced lots of champions!™™ laughs Dirk Nowitzki as he enters the locker room after yet another Mavs victory.
œReally? Name one!™™ challenges Jason Terry.
œWhat about Max Schmeling?™™ offers Dirk, name-checking the great heavyweight champion boxer of the 1930™s.
Replies Terry, a rather astute sports historian: œHe beat Joe Louis once, but then came the rematch, and it was the big one, and (Schmeling) couldn™t win the big one!™™
And then, out of nowhere, a third voice tries to settle the faux feud.
œYeah!™™ giggles Malik Allen. œAnd what about Hitler?™™
And all the Mavs within earshot crack up, another joke told, another victory secured, another intangible bond maybe solidified.
I’m sure you’re as shocked and offended as I am. Dirk’s never heard of Franz Beckenbauer?