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Dirk Nowitzki: From Germany to NBA Finals MVP

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The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, a German, is the first European to be named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, for his performance this spring against the Miami Heat. Pictured here in 1997, Mr. Nowitzki stands seven feet tall.

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