Dirk Nowitzki

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Birth Name: Dirk Werner Nowitzki

Place of Birth: Würzburg, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: 19 June, 1978

Ethnicity: German, some Polish

Dirk Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player. A power forward, he played with DJK Würzburg, and the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is regarded as the greatest European professional basketball player. He is a special advisor for the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk founded the charity Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, to fight poverty in Africa. He is 7′0″.

His mother, Helga Nowitzki (born Helga Bredenbröcker), was an international basketball player. His father, Jörg-Werner Nowitzki, was a handball player, also on the international level. His sister, Silke Nowitzki, has also been a professional basketball player, and a local champion in track and field.

His surname, Nowitzki, is a Germanized form of the Polish surname Nowicki. Dirk seemed to have indicated that he has a small amount of Polish ancestry.

Dirk is married to Sweden native, Jessica Olsson, who is of half Swedish and half Kenyan descent. The couple has three children. Jessica is the sister of twin professional football players Martin Olsson and Marcus Olsson.

07/13/2011 – Dirk Nowitzki and wife Jessica Olsson – 19th Annual ESPY Awards – Arrivals – Nokia Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Koi Sojer / PR Photos


Curious about ethnicity

17 Responses

  1. fangtasia says:

    POLISH !

    “…because you have Polish roots …
    Yes, even I made a private investigation into the matter and found out that the ancestors of my paternal come from Polish. It is, however, yore, dating back to the eighteenth century. After the Polish great-grandparents left me only the name. I’ve heard that this means “new man”. ”
    This is from an interview with Dirk in Polish Newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”:

  2. nnnnn says:

    It’s the same, as to claim, that Federline is “german”
    Of course, Novitzki is a polish name, but his genes are most
    german, since many generations of his family lived in Germany

  3. Jolanta says:

    There are differences between Nowicki and Novicki

  4. xxxxxx says:

    use translator: ”
    “Szkoda, bo przecież ma Pan polskie korzenie…
    Tak, nawet zrobiłem prywatne śledztwo w tej sprawie i okazało się, że przodkowie ze strony mojego ojca pochodzą z Polski. To jest jednak zamierzchła przeszłość, sięgająca XVIII wieku. Po polskich pradziadkach pozostało mi tylko nazwisko. Słyszałem, że oznacza „nowy człowiek”.”
    This is from interview with Dirk in Polish Newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”:

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