Elite Kids Peter Forsberg Jersey “We didn’t go there originally, but they knew,” Doc says. “When you go to school, the kids tell you.”
He didn’t specifically mention Martin Luther King in trying to navigate the complicated burden of race with his young children. Maybe, he says, he should have.
“But my message came from what Dr. King stood for,” Doc says. “So much of that involved mental toughness. Austin has needed some of that. He’s been called every name in the book — black, white, Mexican — he’s heard it all.”
The father’s advice to his son had a familiar ring to it: Turn away. Don’t respond. The minute you respond, they win. Grady’s advice to Glenn, born from Dr. King’s teachings, was now being passed from Glenn to Austin.
â€œWe donâ€™t want them to just grow up [in Dallas]. We were gone for three months this past summer. We want to show them different cultures, different languages so they can grow up, become educated and make educated decisions when theyâ€™re older on where they want to live, what they want to do.â€
The Nowitzki familyâ€™s next trip to Africa might include Nowitzki playing in a basketball game.
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The NBA and the National Basketball Playersâ€™ Association hosted the first NBA game in Johannesburg on Aug. 1, 2015. Nowitzki wanted to play, but didnâ€™t because he was previously committed to attend a friendâ€™s wedding as best man. Several sources expect another NBA exhibition game to take place in Africa this summer. If so, Nowitzki would like to play in it.
â€œIâ€™m trying to pull it off. I heard it was a great event to go to,â€ Nowitzki said.
Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for The Undefeated. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasnâ€™t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.