Chandler Parsons did not appreciate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s saying that Dirk Nowitzki is a “one-trick pony” who has not had a “dominant career.”
Parsons told Tim MacMahon of ESPN that Abdul-Jabbar’s comments about Nowitzki were completely incorrect.
Heated Chandler Parsons: “Carried franchise for almost 20 years, Finals MVP, regular season MVP, 6th all-time? Wish I was a 1-trick pony.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 4, 2016
Parsons and Dirk seem to have developed a strong bond throughout their tenure as Dallas Mavericks teammates. Parsons took it very personally when Kareem called Nowitzki shot-dominant and not much else.
This is what Abdul-Jabbar said about the Mavs long-time franchise player in full:
Dirk Nowitzki’s shot is very hard to block, but I don’t think that he was able to have a dominant career because he couldn’t do other things. If he could have shot like that and rebounded and played defense and blocked shots, then he would have been all-around, and he would have gotten more credit. He was like a one-trick pony. You want guys that can shoot like that on your team. I’m not saying that he lacked value, but he would have been considered at a higher level if he had done more on the court other than just shoot the ball.
Dirk also commented, defending his career and point averages.
“I don’t think you can average 25 and 10 over your playoff career and not be dominant. I don’t think you can get to sixth in scoring in this league over 18 years and not be at some point at least somewhat dominant.”
Dirk also helped bring an NBA championship to Dallas in 2011. He’s been the face of the Mavs franchise since 2004.
Kareem could have picked on a lot of players, but Dirk definitely isn’t one of them.