Dennis Smith Jr. used to think Dirk Nowitzki’s name was Dirt

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Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. is 19 years younger than teammate Dirk Nowitzki.

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.