By my count, the last vestiges of the 1990s signed to NBA contracts for the 2015-16 season are Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Andre Miller and Jason Terry. That octet may be the league's last to remember what it's like to respool a cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil. Younguns like D'Angelo Russell and Justise Winslow weren't even born when Oasis released "Wonderwall," so not only is their idea of a mixtape merely a YouTube highlight reel, their texts are written with iPhones rather than Dixon Ticonderogas. The Devin Bookers of the NBA world certainly don't get the hullabaloo over the recent divorce filings of No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Bush's Gavin Rossdale. But for those of us who heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and thought, "This Kurt Cobain guy just gets me, y'know," we feel Nowitzki's pain as he reveals to Awesome Boring podcast hosts Adam McKay and Adam Davidson, via CBS Sports writer Ananth Pandian, that he sang the Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones" to ease the tension of clutch free throws during the early days of an NBA career that began on Feb. 5, 1999.
Dirk Nowitzki owes all his clutch free throws to the Counting Crows
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 6