NBA Finals 2023 - What Dirk Nowitzki sees in Nikola Jokic's 'Sombor Shuffle' - ESPN
With the shot clock running down, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic spun to his left, took two dribbles, stepped behind the 3-point line with his left foot while twisting his body to face the basket, cocked the ball behind his head and released a high-arching, one-legged fadeaway just over the outstretched 7-foot-6 wingspan of Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis.
ESPN play-by-play commentator Mike Breen shouted a few seconds later, his trademark call punctuating Jokic's clutch shot in the Western Conference finals closeout game that left the Lakers players, fans inside Crypto.com Arena and a TV audience of millions shocked because of its high degree of difficulty.
Dirk Nowitzki, however, was not surprised.
Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks' legend, Hall of Fame Class of 2023 member and godfather of the one-legged fadeaway, wasn't watching live as the Nuggets punched their ticket on May 22 to the franchise's first NBA Finals. Traveling internationally with family, Nowitzki has limited his recent viewing of the playoffs to catching highlights the next morning.