Dirk Nowitzki Takes the Next Steps in His Career
September 23, 2019
Since his retirement in April of this year, you may no longer be able to see Dirk Nowitzki on the court in a Dallas Mavericks jersey, but that doesn’t mean he has left the basketball world behind.
After 21 seasons in the NBA, the German basketball legend has turned his attention to advocating for players at the international level. He was recently named Chair of the FIBA Players Commission, which was created in 2014 to represent the interests of players competing internationally. He will also represent players as a member of the 25-member FIBA Central Board.
This summer, Nowitzki took on a ceremonial role at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China as a Global Ambassador along with former Houston Rocket Yao Ming and former LA Laker Kobe Bryant.
“I feel honored to have been given this opportunity and I am looking forward to representing players within FIBA and bringing their voices to the table where decisions are made,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “I am excited to take on this new role and work alongside both active and retired players around the world to ensure players’ interests are heard to continue the development of our beloved sport.”
Nowitzki will remain in his role at FIBA until 2023, but what will happen in his career after that is the topic of a new study by researchers at Harvard University. Boris Groysberg, Sascha L. Schmidt, and Evan M.S. Hecht recently authored a Harvard Business School Case Study entitled “Dirk Nowitzki: Changing the Game,” which discusses the possibilities and opportunities for the NBA legend as he transitions from his life as a player.
The case study will be discussed by 170 business leaders from across the world at a conference that will be attended by Nowitzki himself. After a short introduction, Dirk will answer questions before participants break into small groups to discuss the case study and brainstorm together.
Have ideas for what Nowitzki should do next? Check out the study here.
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