The Dallas Mavericks star overcame illness and injury during the NBA championship series against the Miami Heat and was named MVP of the series after the Mavs beat the Heat in six games.
The 7-foot German has been the face of the franchise for 13 years, but the championship has always eluded him and the Mavs.
Nowitzki and the Mavs lost to the Heat in the 2006 championship series, and as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports wrote Monday, "He's been the most awkwardly graceful star the sport's ever seen, a testament to a game played far below the rim, and deep within the mind."
The New York assemblyman is pushing for legislation that bans adults from smoking in a car when a child is present.
Four other states have similar legislation, and Weprin told the New York Daily News that the bill won't violate constitutional rights and would be similar to bans on texting when driving and seat belt laws.
The 18-year-old graduated from high school last week, just months after leaving his latest foster home and finding himself homeless. Staten has lived in 28 group homes and attended nine different high schools. With the help of several staffers and teachers at Clover Hill High School in Virginia, Staten is now working with Beating the Odds, a group that helps foster children make the transition to adulthood.
He's being set up with a place to live and tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "I want to be an inspiration for someone else."