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Dirk Entra Al Club de los 30,000

Hay un nuevo miembro en el club de los 30,000 de la NBA y se llama Dirk Nowitzki. El alemán rebasó la cifra de 30,000 puntos en su carrera como basquetbolista profesional el martes por la noche jugando contra Los Lakers en el American Airlines Arena.

Los ojos del mundo aficionado al basquetbol estaban centrados en Dallas, Texas. La gente dentro del inmueble estaba lista para una ocasión especial. Sin tener que esperar hasta el final, Dirk salió insipirado y cuando aún faltaban 10:48 en el segundo cuarto, encestó la canasta que todos en el AAC esperaban.

19 temporadas después de su debut, Nowitzki se ha unido a un grupo con apenas seis miembros. Todos ellos liderados por Kareem Abdul-Jabbar con 38,387 en su carrera, una cifra a la que nadie se le ha podido acercar. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone y Wilt Chamberlain son los otros pertenecientes a esta élite del deporte ráfaga.

El momento cumbre de la noche en Dallas
A sus 38 años el jugador número 41 de Los Mavs sabe que el retiro esta a la vuelta de la esquina. En repetidas ocasiones ha mencionado que podríamos estar viendo la penúltima temporada del mejor jugador en la historia de la franquicia texana.

En un partido que terminó con marcador de 122 a 111, favoreciendo a los de casa, Nowitzki aportó 25 puntos y once rebotes defensivos. Así dejó el partido con un total de 3,005 puntos. El alemán que ha conquistado los corazones de miles de fanáticos no pudo ocultar su felicidad por llegar a los 30,000 frente a su gente y después de tantos sacrificios.

Fue una noche de fiesta en el American Airlines Center, que ha servido como la casa de los Mavericks desde el 2001. Desde que entró al segundo cuarto con 18 puntos, muchos confiaban en que era cuestión de segundos para que sucediera lo planeado.

Dirk fue nombrado el Jugador Más Valioso de la NBA en el 2007 y campeón con el único equipo con el que ha estado en el 2011. Nowitzki es como lo llama su entrenador Rick Carlisle, un jugador único en su clase y quien será extrañado una vez que se retire.

El Legado de Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan creció con el sueño de ser basquetbolista profesional y tras recibirse como Licenciado en Psicología de Wake Forest University, lo consiguió. 19 temporadas después, ha decidido colgar los tenis dejando atras un gran legado que lo coloca como uno de los mejores jugadores de todos los tiempos.

Duncan fue elegido por los San Antonio Spurs como la primera selección del NBA Draft de 1997. Duncan le dió mucho a los Spurs y los Spurs lograron convencerlo para que nunca los dejara. La lealtad de uno al otro resultó en cinco campeonatos de la NBA y en dos tres ocasiones fue nombrado el jugador más valioso de las finales.

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Duncan se acostumbró a ser campeón con los Spurs (5 veces)

Duncan se puede retirar en paz. A sus 40 años logró registrar números extaordinarios. Fue el tercer jugador en alcanzar una cifra de 1,000 triunfos y el único que lo ha hecho con un solo equipo. Sus 26,000 puntos, 15,000 rebotes y 3,000 boqueos son cifras que solo han sido alcanzadas por “The Big Fundamental” y Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Pasaban los años y el nivel de juego mostrado por Duncan siempre fue envidiable. Eso lo hizo llegar a 15 Juegos de las Estrellas y ser nombrado el Novato del Año en 1998, Jugador Más Valioso de la Liga en el 2002 y 2003, como además el Mejor Jugador en las finales de 1999, 2003 y 2005.

Las Mejores Jugadas de Tim Duncan

El jugador originario de las Islas Virgenes fue parte de los tres mosqueteros de los Spurs. De la mano de Duncan, Manu Ginobili y Tony Parker los Spurs ganaron 575 juegos de temporada regular y 126 en playoffs. Su química con el entrenador Gregg Popovich fue tan buena que lograron 1,001 victorias juntos. Todas estas cifras son récords de la NBA.

Duncan ha sido rara vez comparado con jugadores como Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant y Lebron James. El poder mediatico de los antes mencionados es enorme y abrumador, pero los números del jugador de los Spurs le hacen tener criterios para entar en ese selecto grupo de jugadores.

El éxito siempre acompaño a Tim Duncan

El equipo de San Antonio sin duda va a extrañar a Duncan. Un veterano que fue un líder en la duela y un caballero fuera de ella. En todas las 19 temporadas que jugó como ala-pivot el equipo nunca registró números negativos al final de la campaña. El porcentaje de victorias siempre era mayor al 60%. 67 triunfos y 15 derrotas en una sola temporada es el récord de la franquicia del Alamo, y Duncan fue parte de ese equipo.

Así es que The Big Fundamental ha sido pieza fundamental del éxito de los Spurs en las últimas dos decadas. Sus números avalan su gran carrera y demuestran que la chispa por jugar a un nivel envidiable nunca se apagó mientras jugaba. Ahora, el 11 de julio del 2016  Duncan ha decidido hacerse a un lado, pero sus récords y su legado quedarán para la posteridad.

Last Week in Sports (December 22-28)

NFL

After 17 weeks of action the NFL regular season came to a close yesterday night with the game between the Cincinnati Bengals on their visit to Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a game where most of the scoring opportunities came from big mistakes by the opposition it was the Steelers who won the game 27 to 17 clinching the top spot on the AFC North. They will now face the Ravens as the Bengals will pay a visit to Indianapolis.

Dallas is back in the postseason for the first time since 2009. The Cowboys did not have to win this game but they sure wanted to end the season with a bang as they visited Washington, a division rival. DeMarco Murray who had some unfinished business last week trying to tie the record of most yards rushed in a single season finally achieved and surpassed that mark. His 1,845 rushing yards by the end of the game left the 1995 record set by Smith of 1,773 in the dust. Also Dez Bryant became the player with most touchdowns in a single season with 16, a record that belonged to Terrell Owens since 2007. At the end of the game the Cowboys won 44 to 17 and will host the Detroit Lions this upcoming weekend.

The other Wild Card matchup will be between the Cardinals and the Panthers. In the AFC the Patriots and the Denver Broncos have the week off while in the NFC the Packers and the Seahawks will be also watching next weekend’s games from home.

NBA

In some basketball action Toronto is making the most out of a great season and still holds the lead in the Eastern Conference after 31 games with a 24-7 record. The Chicago Bulls are right now one of the hottest team in the league having a six game winning streak. The Dallas Mavericks with Rajon Rondo as one of the new stars for the team are still in playoff contention while they stand in fifth place in the Western Conference. They finished last week beating the Lakers at home and as well as the OKC Thunder. This upcoming Friday Rondo will travel back to his basketball hometown of Boston as the Mavs will take on the Celtics. Golden State is atop of the Western Conference with a record of 24-5.

SOCCER

While most of the soccer action is taking a winter break before 2015, the English Premiere League does not stop. Boxing Day (December 26) and soccer in England is almost the equivalent to football and Thanksgiving in the U.S., both need to coexist at a certain occasion. Some of the most interesting scores include Chelsea’s victory over West Ham United by 2-0, Liverpool beating Burnley by 1-0, Manchester United scored three goals over Newcastle, team which only scored once, with that same score Manchester City earned three points over West Bromwich and Arsenal came out victorious over Queen Park Rangers by 1-0.

Now after 19 games so far this season it is Chelsea who leads the leaderboard with 46 points. Manchester City is in second with 43 points and Manchester United runs in third with 36 points. If the tournament ended today Crystal Palace, Burnley and Leicester City would be relegated from the competition for next season.

RUNNING

Doping was a strange word in the vocabulary of long distance running events, not until this year when the world heard about Rita Jeptoo’s scandal. The back to back winner at the Chicago Marathon and Boston Marathon winner in 2014 tested positive early this month, this time it was the “B” sample. The “A” sample was tested in September but the results of that test did not come out until after her win at the Chicago Marathon. Jeptoo requested further testing and still failed to show no signs of doping. The punishments by the International Association of Athletic Federations and Athletics Kenya are be a ban from any IAAF regulated competition for at least two years, forfeit any prize money plus her World Marathon Majors jackpot.

Rondo To Dallas

Just how big is the move of Rajon Rondo to Dallas? In a few words, it is huge, and here is why. Bringing in someone like Rajon to Dallas is a key ingredient to an already strong team. The former Boston Celtics has been as consistent as you can be in a league where every season you play 82 highly competitive games every season.

He has played 527 games in his career with a field goal percentage of .473 but that is not the area where he excels, his go-to weapon while playing the game he loves is passing. Rondo has been in the top two spots in this league the past four seasons when it comes to assists. Last year the Mavs found in players like José Calderón someone to help the position that Jason Kidd had vacated a couple of seasons ago.The trade that brings in the number nine Celtic is actually compared to the one that was used to bring Kidd into the team.

Rondo was a crucial part of a championship team in Boston back in 2008 who will also make the trip to Dallas with Dwight Powell. In exchange the Celtics get Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright plus two draft picks that would go to the Mavs in the 2015 and 2016 drafts. That just quantifies how big the move is and how much Mark Cuban wanted to have Rondo playing at the American Airlines Center.

This could hurt a Dallas team that was working quite well almost halfway through the season with 19 wins and eight losses. A team that is leading the league with the most points per game average (110.1) and currently third in the southwest standings with the San Antonio Spurs as their next rival.

Obviously Marc Cuban, Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle don’t want to hurt a team that is in serious playoff contention. They are bringing in someone who could help elevate the already strong game the Mavericks have shown this season. Giving J.J. Barea a strong competitor for his position. Barea is a good player that also has a good player with already a championship ring in his resumé. It is still one of the weakest positions in the Mavericks roster that with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis up front have made the Dallas team one of the most fearless offensive teams in the NBA.

That is a reason this team did not need someone like Lebron James. Last season they suffered setting up big plays and getting rebounds, with Rondo in the picture things could change drastically. The 28 year is switching teams for the first time in his career, after 8 seasons in Boston, Dallas will represent a new challenge for the University of Kentucky alumni. But the guy has a tested ability and even though he is coming out of an injury the faith in the 3-time All Star is strong.

Because if Rondo can adapt his game to his new team I am certain the Dallas Mavericks should from now on be considered a Championship contender. Having Rondo in the roster is a vital part of that dream.

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Born in Louisville, became pro in Boston and now looks to solidify his career in Dallas. Rajon Rondo (masslive.com)

Last Week In Sports (Nov. 17-23)

FORMULA 1

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)
Lewis Hamilton wins the 2014 F1 Championship (daily.co.uk)

It was a much anticipated race under the lights of Abu Dhabi without a much anticipated result. The final 55 laps of the 2014 Formula 1 Season decided the winner of the entire year. Lewis Hamilton came in as the favorite but just 17 points behind was a german with an incredible will to win. Nico Rosberg, who has been friends with Hamilton since their days back in karting series when they were both around 12 years old took their lifelong rivalry to the biggest stage there is in motorsport. Rosberg who had qualified in first lost his lead before even getting to turn one. After being able to keep his teammate within reaching distance after one pit stop Rosberg faced his worst nightmare. His engine lost a tremendous amount of power and instead of fighting for a championship he had to fight the car to finish the race, which he did ending up in 14th spot. That way Lewis was able to relax for most of the race just working to keep Felippe Massa away from the lead. The brazilian put up a fight but was about 2 seconds shy of going past the now two-time world champion. Lewis Hamilton, who had been serious and barely talking the past week showed quite some emotion in the post-race stage when he had already sealed the deal. Rosberg was obviously not happy with his result but conducted himself appropriately and congratulated his teammate, plus acknowledged the superiority of Hamilton not just that day but throughout the season.

NFL

Interesting week in the NFL. The first shocker came from the Oakland Raiders who had not won a single game throughout the season but managed to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 on Thursday Night Football. On Sunday Seattle and Denver got back to their winning ways and defeated Arizona and Miami respectively. It was also a good day for Aaron Rodgers who led the Green Bay Packers over the Vikings claiming the first spot on the NFC North with a 24-21 win. But the most exciting game once again involved the Dallas Cowboys as they showed up at MetLife Stadium in New York to face the Giants on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys came off from a bye week where all their division rivals including Giants had lost. Eli Manning had thrown five interceptions on the past game. The game headed in the right direction for the local team who had a 21-10 lead heading into halftime. The Cowboys responded with 21 points on the second half including a game-winning drive of 80 yards with less than two minutes to go in the game. With a 31-28 win the team owned by Jerry Jones is 8-3 this season, about to clinch a playoff ticket.

SOCCER

It was a record just like any other that was meant to be broken and Leo Messi had been lingering around it for a long time. Telmo Zarra had of 251 La Liga goals. Messi had tried to break it at the Santiago Bernabeu during the derby but was unluck for that one and the next two matches. Saturday against Sevilla not only did he tie the record, but with a hat-trick he set a new one in 253 and counting. Barcelona ended up winning the game 5-1. Real Madrid defeated Eibar 4-0 to keep the lead of “La Liga” after 12 weeks. In the MLS Playoffs L.A. Galaxy took the lead on the first leg of the Western Conference Final with a 1-0 win and the New England Revolution beat Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on the Eastern Conference Final. In Mexico the playoffs are set and America will be facing Pumas, Tigres against Pachuca, Atlas will play against Monterrey and Toluca will have Chiapas as their opponent in the first elimination round.

CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES

Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)
Medal Count as of November 24 at noon. (Veracruz 2014)

Mexico continues to dominate the medal count in Veracruz with just a week to go in the games but Cuba is closing in strong and with the wide range of track and field events they might find what they need to attack the host nation. Some of the highlights from last week were Horacio Nava’s (MEX) first place in the 20 km. race-walk with a time of 1:25:05 while Mirna Ortiz from Guatemala took gold on the women’s side with a Games record of 1:35:43. In soccer both teams from Mexico (men and women) advanced to semifinals with a perfect streak during the group stage. The men will face Cuba while the women will play Costa Rica. Mexico dominated the synchronized swimming events with seven out of seven wins and that can be considered as to what is making the difference between Cuba’s 63 gold medals and the 67 earned by Mexico so far. Colombia is in third with 51.

NBA

We are just getting started with a long basketball season and some teams are over the expectations while others are below. Lebron James came back to Cleveland hoping to be the secret element to bring the Cavs back to title contention. Up to this point we can say King James is missing having Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh by his side since the team he is now playing for is in an early season crisis after a four game losing streak. Toronto is the best team in the league so far with a 9-1 record after ten games. Both Dallas and San Antonio have a 7-3 record heading into the last week of november while the Lakers even with Kobe Bryant being Kobe Bryant can’t find a groove and are 3-7. Last week they were demolished by the Mavericks at Dallas 140-106 just after beating the Rockets on the road.