NBA Draft 2011, which starts Thursday night, includes several talented international players. With more foreign players, the NBA is reaching an increasing global audience that is proving to be profitable, as well.
The Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, a German, is the first European to be named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, for his performance this spring against the Miami Heat. Pictured here in 1997, Mr. Nowitzki stands seven feet tall.
Dirk Nowitzki, the German forward who led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA title, delights home audience with German grit, American glamour.
The Dallas Mavericks got 43 points from their bench Sunday night in defeating the Miami Heat, 105-95, to win their first NBA title.
The Dallas Mavericks, behind Dirk Nowitzki's 29 points, went on a 17-4 scoring run with just over four and a half minutes remaining to defeat the Miami Heat Thursday night, 112-103 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.