Dirk Nowitzki new precious little about the woman he dated for more than a year and was engaged to, the Mavericks' superstar said at the team's media-day session on Monday.
Nowitzki, whose fiancé Cristal Taylor is now jailed because of crimes committed before she knew the 7-footer, said when asked what he knew of Taylor's past:
"Not a lot, really. I don't want to really get into all that. There's been a lot of dirt and mud thrown around. But I don't like to get into all that stuff _ what did he say, what did she say. I like to think of myself as a gentleman. I always have and I'm not going to get into all that. I consider it over and I'm moving on.''
Nowitzki did a wonderful job of answering questions about his tumultuous summer during a 30-minute give-and-take with the media. He also said he hasn't soured on women despite the tough experience with Taylor.
"I still want to have a family at some point,'' he said.
The best thing moving forward for Dirk is that he feels like his play against Denver in the playoffs while all the stuff was going down with Taylor proved something to himself.
"I just think it showed me that I'm mentally tougher than a lot of people think,'' he said. "I've played through that and injuries and I always felt like I was always pretty tough. I might not be the most physically tough player. But mentally I think I'm right up there.