Dirk Nowitzki revealed a very special gift he received from one of the world's all-time great athletes after winning the NBA championship.
The Dallas Mavericks' NBA Finals MVP told the German publication Der Spiegel during an interview published Tuesday on its website (Spiegel Online International).
Here's the exchange:
SPIEGEL: Did any German politicians call to congratulate you?
Nowitzki: I think that (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel called my adviser. I'm not totally sure. But do you know what made me the happiest?
Nowitzki: Muhammad Ali sent me a package.
SPIEGEL: What was in it?
Nowitzki: A boxing glove with the inscription: "You are the greatest." Please don't ask me immediately about the political meaning of the gift. I was simply happy and sent Ali a golden basketball with a similar inscription.
For the entire transcript of the interview, click here.