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JERRY CROWE

Dirk Nowitzki can score on anyone

Text messages from press row…

May 18, 2011|Jerry Crowe
  • Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, puts up a shot in front of Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals on Tuesday.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, puts up a shot in front of Oklahoma City… (Tony Gutierrez / Associated…)

Dirk Nowitzki obviously doesn't need Pau Gasol or Lamar Odom guarding him to dominate an NBA playoff game. …

ESPN, in a tweet, dubbed him Dirk Nomisski. …

Others compare him to Larry Bird. …

Coming right out and announcing it is nothing if not gauche, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a point when he says the Lakers owe him a statue outside Staples Center. …

It's overdue. …

In news that is certain not to mollify him, Kobe Bryant ranks 14th on Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful people in the entertainment business. …

Lady Gaga tops the list, which finds Bryant sandwiched between Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio. …

Before ex-UCLA guard Russell Westbrook did it Sunday, the only players who had posted Game 7 triple-doubles were Bird, Scottie Pippen, James Worthy and Jerry West. …

All are in the Hall of Fame. …

Some will insist that they're cursed, but the Clippers still are better off without Baron Davis and his bloated contract — even if lucky charmer Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery with the Clippers' former pick. …

Don Mattingly, in a Sporting News story headlined "Dodgers top list of teams with winter regrets," laments the club's lack of offensive production from its light-hitting left fielders by noting, "We can't sit here and dream [of] a genie and rub a jar." …

It wouldn't hurt. …

Dodger Stadium is absent from PETA's ranking of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly major league ballparks. …

At eighth-ranked Angel Stadium, PETA notes, "choosing tasty meat-free foods at the concession stands … can help get Angels fans' cholesterol lower than Jered Weaver's ERA." …

Sports columnist Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a former major leaguer, writes of onetime teammate Harmon Killebrew, "I used to walk by his locker for no other reason than just to be near him. His greatness was magnetic." …

Killebrew was inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year as Don Drysdale, who gave up a solo home run to the Minnesota Twins slugger in Game 4 of the 1965 World Series. …

Jorge Posada, instead of pouting about his place in the batting order, should have been thankful he was still in it. …

Speculation seems to be growing that Donovan McNabb may have played his last NFL game. …

In what would be bad news financially for the Kings and Ducks, the Detroit Red Wings are expected to push for realignment to the Eastern Conference if the Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg, Canada, resulting in fewer Southland visits for Henrik Zetterberg and the 11-time Stanley Cup champions. …

Games against the Red Wings are virtually automatic sellouts. …

Giving new meaning to the term dirty dancing, a 2009 Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players found that "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Hines Ward was the league's dirtiest player. …

Longtime USC fans might remember that Bill "Earthquake" Enyart, elected this week to the College Football Hall of Fame, was the leader of the "Giant Killers" Oregon State team that upset O.J. Simpson and the national champion Trojans in 1967. …

Enyart, a fullback, ran for 135 yards in a mud-drenched 3-0 victory at Corvallis. …

The Players Championship may have been another downer for Tiger Woods, but it worked out quite nicely for former Long Beach State star Paul Goydos, whose third-place check for $646,000 more than tripled his 2011 earnings. …

Racing wags wonder if Clinton, the 3-year-old winner of Sunday's seventh race at Hollywood Park, will one day be bred to a Southland mare named Subpoena The Dress. …

Blake Griffin, Troy Polamalu, Lindsey Vonn and Landon Donovan will be honored and Snoop Dogg, Jim Hill and John Salley will host Sunday at the annual "Sports Spectacular" fundraiser for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. …

Information: (310) 858-9217. …

Reader Bruce Dobos of Lomita emails to ask, "Is my wife the only one who thinks Jim Carrey is coaching the high-flying Dallas Mavericks?" …

Carrey and Rick Carlisle do look alike.

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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