Michael Jordan puts Dirk Nowitzki in rare air

One nugget from the phenomenal Michael Jordan feature written by ESPN’s Wright Thompson will be especially interesting to Mavericks fans.

It’s Jordan’s short list of current stars who could be nearly as successful in his era: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan … and Dirk Nowitzki.

Not that any more evidence was necessary to consider Dirk one of the legends in NBA history, but that’s one heck of a reference.

Remember when Dirk was considered soft? It was a silly stereotype for a long time, and that was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt when he put the Mavs on his shoulders for a championship run.

The soft label seems especially ridiculous after reading such respect for Dirk coming from the most ruthless competitor in NBA history.