DALLAS -- When Dirk Nowitki was thinking about leaving Germany and coming to America to attend college in 1998, the three schools he viisted were Kentucky, Stanford and California.
Although Nowitzki obviously passed on college and entered the NBA Draft out of high school, he still had fond memories of stepping on the aforementioned three college campuses. Especially at Kentucky, which Nowitzki still refers to as "we'' when he talks about the Wildcats.
"It would have been a great time,'' Nowitzki said Monday of the Wildcats. "They showed me around.
"I met some of the players. Scott Padgett actually was my host, who was in the (NBA) for (eight) years.''
Nowitzki was getting real close to committing to the program at Kentucky. He even brought his long-time mentor and coach from Germany, Holger Geschwindner, along with him to visit the campus.
"I went to dinner with (Kentucky head coach) Tubby (Smith),'' Nowitzki said. "Holger wore his letter jacket to dinner, so everything was great.
"It would have been a great program.''
-- Dwain Price
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