Maxi Kleber On Idolizing Dirk Nowitzki & Kobe Bryant, His Growth & More

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber joined the K&C Masterpiece on Thursday to talk about his growth in the NBA, idolizing Dirk Nowitzki growing up, his three-point celebration and more. 

Here are some of the highlights:

What's the biggest difference in your game since coming into the league your rookie year?

"When I got here, I got to be honest, this was like my big dream when I was a child, so I was really nervous every day working out with those guys. I know they're are high expectations for the players and you just want to perform well, and that kind of holds you back a little bit. As soon as I got comfortable with the playing system and how things work, you adjust to it and get better in that role. And over the years, I think I understood my role better, with what I have to do to get stops on defense, do the right plays on offense, and when I'm open I just take my shot. And once you understand your role better, you can also improve a lot faster. So, I think it was a combination of getting to know my role and gaining confidence."

On who is favorite team or player was growing up?

"Growing up, obviously my number one hero was also Dirk. But the player I loved to watch the most was Kobe Bryant. I had a jersey of his. It was the era, 2000 to 2004, I was just watching it on the Saturday highlight tapes and that got me hyped."

On Dirk: 

"I was actually there when Dirk was celebrating his championship in Wurzburg. He was at the residence on the balcony singing, "We are the Champions." That was an insane day. I've never seen anything like that in Wurzburg."

Listen to the rest of the interview below: