It is rare for a NBA team to rely a 13-year old veteran like Dirk Nowitzki to lead them to an NBA championship. It was in 2001 in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. Dirk's team, the Dallas Mavericks, lost to the Miami Heat in 2006 in the Finals. Be tough! Even when your teeth get knocked out. 99 1/2 did not get you hired.