SPIEGEL: Did any German politicians call to congratulate you?In related news, former pugilist Peter McNeeley sent LeBron James an autographed mouthguard, with the simple message: "We'll get 'em next time, champ".
Nowitzki: I think that (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel called my adviser. I'm not totally sure. But do you know what made me the happiest?
Nowitzki: Muhammad Ali sent me a package.
SPIEGEL: What was in it?
Nowitzki: A boxing glove with the inscription: "You are the greatest." Please don't ask me immediately about the political meaning of the gift. I was simply happy and sent Ali a golden basketball with a similar inscription.
Here's a grainy video of Ali's introduction to the German people, ultimately figuring out and punishing the German-leftie champion, Karl Mildenberger, in Frankfurt in 1966.