NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki gets a crash course in how to play AFL


NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki gets a crash course in how to play AFL from his Aussie ex-teammate Chris Anstey at Collingwood preseason training session

  • Dirk Nowitski tried his hand at AFL during his visit to Melbourne on Thursday 
  • The NBA legend hit Collingwood’s training base to meet Craig McRae’s team 
  • His old teammate, Chris Anstey, showed him how to kick the footy
  • Nowitski also visited Melbourne Park ahead of this year’s Australian Open 

Dirk Nowitski tried his hand at AFL during his visit to Australia, with the NBA legend spotted kicking a footy with his old teammate, Chris Anstey. 

Nowitski, 44, hit Collingwood’s training base on Thursday morning to meet Craig McRae’s team, with the AFL club posting a group photo with the former power forward looming at the back.

‘Dirk and the fellas (he’s the 213cm one out the back)’ the Magpies tweeted.

He showed good skills during a visit to Collingwood

Dirk Nowitski tried his hand at AFL during a visit to Collingwood’s training base

The NBA legend towered over the AFL stars as the Magpies posted a group picture on Twitter

The NBA legend towered over the AFL stars as the Magpies posted a group picture on Twitter

And footage has shown the Dallas Mavericks legend getting accustomed to the footy, with Australia’s very own Anstey giving the German a crash course in the sport. 

Nowitski can be seen attempting a handball before dropping the footy onto his right foot. Impressively, it found its target in Anstey.

Footage of Nowitski having a go at footy was uploaded to Twitter by Nat Edwards, and Anstey responded to a cynical fan about the purpose of international stars visiting AFL clubs on their travels.

Nowitski then had a hit with fellow German, Alexander Zverev, ahead of the Australian Open

Nowitski then had a hit with fellow German, Alexander Zverev, ahead of the Australian Open

‘What’s the deal with getting international athlete’s visiting Aus to kick a footy?’ Twitter user William Polak said.

Anstey responded: ‘They have never seen AFL in person and are fascinated’. 

Shortly after leaving Collingwood, Nowitski travelled to Melbourne Park where he met fellow countryman Alexander Zverev for a hit ahead of the Australian Open.  

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