Dirk Nowitzki The First Ever

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will become the first European to start in an NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, a league source said. Suns coach Mike D’Antoni, the Western Conference’s coach, had said he wanted to start Suns All-Star guard Steve Nash and Nowitzki in place of injured All-Star Yao Ming and take a technical foul for starting six players.”

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