Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki Ring NBA Championship ring

Dirk Werner Nowitzki commonly known as Dirk Nowitzki has won one NBA Championship Ring. Dirk Nowitzki was the professional basketball player as a power forward and center for the Dallas Mavericks.

He is the only player ever to play for a single NBA franchise for 21 seasons. He is a 14-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, the first European player to start in an All-Star Game.

Not forgetting to be first European player to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. Dirk

Above all, Dirk Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history.

In addition, he is the first Maverick voted onto an All-NBA Team and holds several all-time Dallas Mavericks franchise records.

On December 10, 2012, he became the first non-American player to receive the Naismith Legacy Award.

Following his retirement, Dirk Nowitzki stood sixth on the list of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders.

In international play, Dirk Nowitzki led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and silver in EuroBasket 2005, and was the leading scorer and MVP in both tournaments.

His first NBA Championship ring won was in the 2011 season. This NBA Championship ring was also the first and only NBA Championship ring won by the Dallas Mavericks franchise.

Dirk Nowitzki during NBA Championship ring ceremony
Dirk Nowitzki during NBA Championship ring ceremony

Dirk Nowitzki winning the 2011 NBA Finals

The series was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six games to win their first NBA championship ring.

Going into the series, the Miami Heat were heavy favorites with their newly acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.

For instance, Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history since the institution of the 2–3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and still win the Finals.

In the previous 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series. The Dallas Mavericks also became just the 7th team, and the first since 1988,

To come back and win the Finals after being down in the series two or more separate times (one game to none, and later two games to one).

The previous six times this happened, the Finals ended in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six games.

Game 5 summary competing over the NBA Championship ring

Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James during 2011 NBA Finals
Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James during 2011 NBA Finals

After four low-scoring games, Game 5 saw the first time either team would break 100 points in this series. Dallas Mavericks connected 13 times out of their 19 tries from three-point range.

Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, and J. J. Barea combined to make 10 of those 13 made threes. Late in the first quarter, Dwyane Wade ran into Brian Cardinal and had to go to the locker room with a hip injury; he eventually returned and hit a 3 to cap a 9–0 run that put Miami in front 99–95 with less than 5 minutes left in the game.

Unhappy with Terry for missing a defensive assignment and setting a poor cross-screen, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle pulled Terry from the game, telling him, “Refocus. I’m putting you right back in.’

Crucial Decision

After less than a minute, Carlisle subbed in Terry and made the crucial decision to run the offense through him for the rest of the game.

Above all, this move ignited Dallas’ offense, leading them on a game-winning 15–3 run in which Terry scored or assisted on 11 points.

With Miami leading 100–97, Terry passed to Dirk Nowitzki, who drew a double team and then kicked it back out to Terry for a game-tying 3.

Dirk Nowitzki then drove baseline on Chris Bosh for a two-handed dunk (assisted by Terry) with 2:44 left in the game to give the Mavs a 102–100 lead they would not relinquish.

After LeBron James was called for an offensive foul (Tyson Chandler drew the charge), Terry found Kidd for another wide-open 3 that gave the Mavs a 105–100 lead with 1:26 left.

2011 Dallas Mavericks NBA Championship ring
2011 Dallas Mavericks NBA Championship ring

After Chandler blocked Wade with 1:04 left, Bosh made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the Mavs’ lead to 105–101. On the Mavs’ next possession.

However, Terry knocked down a 28-foot three-pointer with James closely guarding him to give the Mavs an insurmountable 108–101 lead with 33.3 seconds left.

The Dallas Mavericks won 112–103 and grabbed a 3–2 series lead going back to Miami.

Following win over the Miami Heat in Game 6, Dirk Nowitzki won his first NBA Championship ring and named the Finals MVP.

The 2011 Dirk Nowitzki NBA Championship Ring

31-diamond NBA Championship ring around the Mavericks logo

The Dallas Mavericks team wanted 31 diamonds around the Mavericks logo to commemorate the team’s 31 years in the NBA.

The Dallas Mavericks logo was to be from and center, but to make it stand out, the logo was cut into 6 pieces and placed over a blue corundum stone. This makes the Mavericks blue stand out beautifully.

Jason Kidd and Dirk also wanted the Dallas Mavericks’ ‘M’ on one side of the ring, emblazoned with 15 diamonds.

This makes the Mavericks blue stand out beautifully.

Furthermore, on the side of the Dallas Mavericks NBA Championship ring

The Larry O-Brien Trophy

Here is the final edition of Dirk Nowitzki’s NBA championship ring.

Each NBA Championship ring has 257 stones, making for a long and painstaking process. Every ring is polished multiple times and washed repeatedly to get the best shine from it.

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