The Dallas Morning News

... and a gentleman

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The only time I ever saw Dirk Nowitzki away from the basketball court was at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle. He’d been in Dallas only a couple of years at that time, but was already recognizab­le wherever he went. My wife and I were in that intimate downstairs theater where the chairs were on risers, seated on the second row from the stage. Dirk came in and sat his 7foot frame down directly in front of me.

I didn’t know how I’d be able to see over him to watch the play, but just as it began, Dirk leaned forward, put his elbows on his thighs so as to make a smaller profile, and remained that way throughout the play. I could see everything. It was a very thoughtful gesture — one I expect he’s repeated countless times through the years. What a gentleman, then and now!

Congratula­tions, Dirk! Enjoy your wellearned retirement.

Roger T. Quillin, Dallas/lake Highlands

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