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The Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle reflected on Dirk Nowitzki’s impact and plans to attend his Hall of Fame speech in August:

“Probably the greatest stroke of good luck of my career was coming here when [Dirk Nowitzki] was in his prime. It allowed us to have a realistic shot at a championship – to win an awful lot of games …

“Being with him for all those years, you know, Jason Kidd certainly was a big part – Jason Terry. But Dirk was the constant. I mean the most coachable, historically great superstar I’ve ever been around, and can’t wait to hear his Hall of Fame speech. I’ll be there.”