It is rare for a NBA team to rely a 13-year old veteran like Dirk Nowitzki to lead them to an NBA championship. Dirk's team, the Dallas Mavericks, lost to the Miami Heat in 2006 in the Finals. What if you found a job like Dirk Nowitzki earned a championship ring, would there be common attributes? Be tough! 99 1/2 did not get you hired.