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Little Dirk Was All About Tennis

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Little Dirk Was All About Tennis

Dirk Nowitzki has been an NBA star for the past two decades.

However, the 7-footer didn't start playing basketball until he was 15.

Prior to that, he focused on his first love—tennis.

But once his growth spurt came on, basketball seemed like the better choice.

"The height and my [issues with] movement helped to make the decision for basketball," Nowitzki told TennisNow.com.

The big man still plays tennis frequently as a hobby.

While he might not yet be a "star," Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen also dreamed of being a tennis star during his childhood.


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