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The Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, who competed in two NBA Finals while the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Western Conference for twenty years and secured five NBA championships between 1999 and 2014, openly confessed on Friday that he held a strong dislike for the Spurs.

“I’m not gonna lie, I used to hate the Spurs,” Nowitzki said with a laugh regarding his long-time in-state rival. “Every year, they were so good. Every year, for so long. They were always kind of beating us up. They were the big brother until we finally broke through in ’06 and beat them for the first time in the playoffs.”