Nowitzki wins trip to Barbados
APPARENTLY DIRK NOWITZKI won more than just his first NBA title last month.
The future Hall-of-Fame forward is set to spend his summer here in Barbados as part of the Barbados Tourism Authority’s (BTA) three-year corporate partnership with Dallas Maverick sponsors American Airlines.
The German-born 13-year veteran won the Finals MVP in his second championship series appearance, having averaged 26 points and 9.7 rebounds in the best-of-seven-game finals against superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Nowitzki was presented with the all-expense paid trip during Dallas’ championship celebration at the Mavericks’ home court, America Airlines Centre in Texas a month ago.
“We are thrilled that we have chosen to sponsor the Dallas Mavericks and are so proud of the team’s accomplishments,” said BTA president David Rice on the Brandman Agency’s website.
“Dallas is a very important market for us, and the Mavericks have been instrumental in increasing visibility of Barbados tourism to the city through their dedicated fan base. It has been a delight to share in the success of their season, and we are very much looking forward to further exploring new opportunities within this important partnership in 2012.
“We offer countless congratulations to the Mavs for taking home the championship,” Rice added.
According to the website, the BTA also plans to bring some of Nowitzki’s Dallas teammates as well for “some well deserved rest and relaxation”.
The incentive is in support of new American Airlines non-stop flight from Dallas Fort Worth International, which was launched last December as the BTA entered into a three-year corporate partnership with Mavericks to promote the flight. The dates weren’t announced.
Nowitzki finally delivered the Mavericks franchise its first championship last month after beating the favoured Heat 4-2 in the finals. (JM)