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Flacolaco
08-11-2006, 12:07 PM
Nowitzki proves too much for Yao, China

Associated Press
Posted: 27 minutes ago



NANJING, China (AP) - Yao Ming's back! Too bad Dirk Nowitzki had to spoil the party.

Yao scored 11 points for China in his return from a four-month layoff because of a foot injury, losing 82-73 Friday to Germany in a warmup for the World Championships.
Nowitzki racked up 27 points, including 18 in the final quarter, scoring nearly at will against Yao and almost every other Chinese player.

Yao fired up early, winning a huge cheer from the home crowd with a mighty slam at the start of the first quarter.

With Yao back, China looked like a completely different team from the one that got slammed 119-73 by the United States on Monday.

"Obviously Yao Ming is a great player. He's one of the best centers in the world, but I was very impressed with the whole team," German player Patrick Femerling said. "They're very mobile, agile and versatile players."

Femerling added 10 points for the European championship runners-up. Nowitzki, who had a 12 rebounds, started the night looking a little rusty and needed time to find his rhythm.

Germany took a 58-49 lead into the fourth quarter. China tried to keep things close, but the Dallas Mavericks star, who gave Yao of the Houston Rockets a playful slap on the chest at the start, dominated.

"He's so good in one-on-one situations, he can always get a shot off," Germany coach Dirk Bauermann said. "And he knows when his best is needed the most. That was vintage Dirk Nowitzki."

China coach Jonas Kazlauskaz said he expects better results once Yao gets more practice with his teammates.

"With Yao on the court, the rest of the team also began to improve," Kazlauskaz said. "Still we have some problems, but it was much better."

Flacolaco
08-11-2006, 12:08 PM
Too bad Dirk had to spoil the party?

Still no love shown to Dirk.

F'ing gay

mary
08-11-2006, 12:30 PM
The article is pretty complimentary to both players.

snoop
08-11-2006, 12:33 PM
there was no knock on dirk

fluid.forty.one
08-11-2006, 12:43 PM
What's germanys record in the tourny so far?

nashtymavsfan13
08-11-2006, 01:38 PM
Nice game by Dirk, that's good to hear.

Flacolaco
08-11-2006, 01:47 PM
there was no knock on dirk

I guess not....

It just seems like "Yaos back!, too bad Dirk had to spoil the party" says "Too bad Dirk had to get in the way of our Yao Ming story"

nashtymavsfan13
08-11-2006, 02:17 PM
Yeah, it does show a lot of Yao-love with only a few mentions of Dirk, who was the star of the game.

MavsX
08-11-2006, 02:39 PM
dirk is my current home-sexual man crush

jacktruth
08-11-2006, 03:32 PM
Keep it clutch, Dirk.

nashtymavsfan13
08-11-2006, 07:04 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/DIRTY-NOWITZKI-DALLAS-MAVERICKS-GERMANY-JERSEY-NIKE-L_W0QQitemZ160018138539QQihZ006QQcategoryZ83076QQr dZ1QQcmdZViewItem

fluid.forty.one
08-11-2006, 07:31 PM
What's germanys record in the tourny so far?

anyone know?

mqywaaah
08-11-2006, 11:36 PM
Glad to see the Vintage Dirk Nowitzki side is still intact.

Yao got fired up from all the crowd cheers? gayness...

Tokey41
08-11-2006, 11:38 PM
Good to see him put a great game together after the ugliness... I know i'll be rooting for Germany all the way.

mqywaaah
08-11-2006, 11:49 PM
Same here Tokey...

fluid.forty.one
08-12-2006, 01:37 AM
Glad to see the Vintage Dirk Nowitzki side is still intact.

Yao got fired up from all the crowd cheers? gayness...


Dirk is either in the beginning or, worst case scenario, in the middle of his superstar prime. Not sure if the words "vintage" dirk should be uttered yet. This is just dirk.

spreedom
08-12-2006, 02:45 AM
I find it utterly hilarious that despite the fact that Dirk got a GREAT writeup in this article, there's still reason to complain. Yao is flat-out a bigger international star than Dirk is at this point of their careers (as his all-time high in All Star votes suggests), and it was in his home country.. of course the article is going to be about him.

nashtymavsfan13
08-12-2006, 03:32 AM
Well, it is kind of annoying that Dirk has the best game, yet 3/4 of the article is about Yao.

shaw-xx
08-12-2006, 04:47 AM
:(
What's germanys record in the tourny so far?
1-0.

shaw-xx
08-12-2006, 04:51 AM
I find it utterly hilarious that despite the fact that Dirk got a GREAT writeup in this article, there's still reason to complain. Yao is flat-out a bigger international star than Dirk is at this point of their careers (as his all-time high in All Star votes suggests), and it was in his home country.. of course the article is going to be about him.
France also attends the tournament but I feel like Dirk is more popular than Parker in the media. :D

fluid.forty.one
08-12-2006, 01:59 PM
:(

1-0.

well didn't they just win again to brazil

I meant all the pre-games too

shaw-xx
08-12-2006, 10:03 PM
well didn't they just win again to brazil

I meant all the pre-games too
When I replied, they hadn't play Brazil, heh. Now they are 2-0 and have advanced to the finals. Their final opponent is still unknown.