Here’s a great story to illustrate the age gap.
Smith, via ESPN:
Earliest memory of Dirk is probably the year he was playing with Steve Nash. I kept hearing somebody named Dirt, with a T. So, I was like, “Why is there a dude named Dirt in the league?” And then I found out he was actually pretty good.
Dirk certainly wasn’t Dirt or dirt. Glad Smith got that cleared up.