The Brain Type Institute has made Brain Type® assessments on thousands of people–many well-known. Most of these “famous” persons were not evaluated in person but rather by video tape analysis using Brain Typing’s methodologies. These evaluations are based on BTI’s years of typological, scientific, and empirical studies. Though we believe the appraisals are correct, we do not want them held as absolute—lest people profiled be unfairly judged by those who do not fully understand Brain Types. BTI intends only for the positive application of this information and desires readers to grasp its essence—that each person possesses an inborn design, one of 16 individual Brain Types, which predisposes him or her to specific cognitive, physical, and spatial traits.

7/15/19 – Alex and Jennifer on the rocks

All right, time for some news from the world of glitz and glamour, but we promise there’s a moral to the story.  Rumor has it that actress Jennifer Lopez and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez, who are engaged to  be married, may not ever make it down the aisle.  Sources close to the star couple are saying, “They are arguing frequently. There’s a lot of passion in their relationship,which helps and hurts the pair – especially when their personalities clash because you just know a blowup is about to ensue.”

Apparently things went south last week after A-Rod gave an interview about a dinner party he attended.  Detailing who was there, Rodriguez jokingly said, “The black guy from ‘The Wire’ — Idris Elba, yeah, and his new wife. Some famous singer next to me, I don’t know what her name is,” referencing his wife, Jennifer Lopez.  “We had Kylie and Kendall. And we had an Asian gentleman from ‘Rich Asians,’ the lead. Kylie was talking about Instagram and her lipstick, and how rich she is.”  Lopez reportedly was livid over A-Rod’s remarks, not appreciating how flippantly he spoke about a professional associate of hers (Kylie).

So does anyone know their Brain Types?  Lopez is a #1 FEAR, while A-Rod is a #5 FEIRtwo incredibly “in-the-moment”, spontaneous designs.  Notice the description of their relationship … “There’s a lot of passion in their relationship, which helps and hurts the pair, especially when their personalities clash because you just know a blowup is about to ensue…”  To be sure, ERs (known as SP “hummingbirds” in personality type circles), are some of the quickest of the 16 designs to react and respond (particularly Front brain ERs).  In sports, this makes #5s such great quarterbacks, and #1s such great boxers, sluggers, and point guards.  Now, pull them from the arena and place them in a heated discussion, and they will/can react just as quickly.  No one needed to tell us A-Rod and J-Lo were passionate people.  Brain Typists already knew this.  It would be helpful for J-Lo to know that A-Rod is predisposed not only to speak off the cuff, but to be funny, even sarcastic.  FEIRs love being witty, sometimes at others’ expense unless taught better.  A-Rod was trying to get a laugh in #5 fashion, and it cost him.  Conversely, it would be helpful for A-Rod to know that relationships are extremely important to his Animate fiance, not to mention #1s can be extremely protective of their relationships (mama bears).  With the knowledge of BTs, room for empathy can be given as we recognize each others’ strength and weaknesses.  In turn, we can strive to see them in ourselves and become better husbands and wives.

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6/24/19 – David Bellavia receives Medal of Honor

He is a courageous individual, and we thought he deserved a mention on the blog.  Recently, President Donald Trump (#15 FCIL) awarded the nation’s highest military honor to an Iraq veteran “who cleared an insurgent strongpoint and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety.”  His name is Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” during his time in the US Army serving in the Iraq War.

Bellavia, a #13 FCIR, was in charge of a squad in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah in November of 2004.  Bellavia helped his platoon escape fire, and after leading them to safety, he entered a house and killed at least four insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades.

In honoring Bellavia at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump stated, “Knowing that he would face almost certain death, David decided to go back inside the house and make sure that not a single terrorist escaped alive. Alone in the dark, David killed four insurgents and seriously wounded the fifth, saving his soldiers and facing down the enemies of civilization.”

Always self-effacing, Bellavia said it was “very uncomfortable and awkward” to receive the Medal, but accepted the honor in order to represent all Iraq war veterans.  “When you go to basic training, you clean your weapons and you read the citations of these recipients and it’s like they’re superheroes,” Bellavia said. “They’re not real. … I can’t get my head around it. I still can’t.”

To be sure, #13 FCIRs can be brilliant strategists, commonly willing to take great risks and exerting Front brain (high) energy to accomplish their goals or missions.  On the battlefield, these inherent traits are invaluable.  They are quick-thinkers, fast-responders, and capable of becoming incredibly adept assassins (if need be), willing to change their strategies at a moment’s notice (Right brain) in order to outwit the enemy (masters of oneupmanship!).  We know many #13s who have served and are currently serving in the military.  How each Brain Type responds and behaves on the battlefield would be a fascinating study indeed (especially those BTs geared more strongly in the “flight” region of the brain, rather than the “fight”).

David Bellavia risked his life for his country and his countrymen, and we thank him for his others-centered sacrifice, a rare attribute in today’s society.

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6/17/19 – The tragedy of Kevin Durant

So the basketball world is stunned.  He hadn’t played in over a month, and the Warriors 3-1 deficit against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals reflected that.  But now, here he was, back, and seemingly ready to play, despite a serious calf injury.  Kevin Durant had been cleared by the doctors, and there he was … jumping center on the opening tip-off?  What?  Was Golden State carelessly setting him up to get injured again?  A quarter after already playing 12 of the first 14 minutes, Durant would try to put a move on Serge Ibaka, only to fall to the floor in pain with a feared Achilles heal tear.  What in the world just happened?

 “Just seems unacceptable,” says one longtime director of performance. “Doesn’t make any sense.”  Said another rival training staff member: “They may have said, once the leg is warm, ride it. But I can’t imagine (Durant) did enough work to determine 12 minutes out of 14 was appropriate.”  Everyone, including coach Steve Kerr (#8 BEIL), expected Durant to only play “short bursts,” but now he’s out for the foreseeable future and the NBA is reeling from what should have been an avoidable mistake.

Any Brain Type can get injured, but Jon Niednagel has long stressed that #1 FEARs, like Durant, are arguably the most susceptible to hurting themselves (being EAdoves’) when they are uptight, nervous, haven’t sufficiently warmed up, or have played/ performed too long.  Remember #1  Chris Paul last year when he injured his hamstring during a crucial time in the playoffs?

Fellow Brain Typists, what is the dominant motor group of EAs? So if any of the taxing physical conditions listed above occur, which of the EA’s motor movements is most susceptible to injury?  Exactly, their gross motors—muscles and their connective tissues from the feet to the shoulders.  Why?  One’s giftedness becomes a major liability if stress becomes overwhelming.  Why do fine motor #5 through #8 Brain Types get too handsy succumbing to stress in sports? Yes, their dominant fine motors become a double-edged sword.

FEARs possess big-muscle body control, and as such they need to relax those muscles and tendons before pushing themselves (especially when they haven’t played in an ACTUAL game in over a month!).  We feel extremely sorry for Kevin, and similarly for Warriors executive Bob Myers, a #6 BEIR who shed legit tears of sorrow on national television over the incident.  Yes, there was a dominant Inanimate crying his heart out over something he felt partially responsible for.  “I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me,” Myers said. “I run our basketball operations department.” 

So is there anything that can be done to help further prevent such an EA catastrophe? Absolutely.  For one, key electrolytes must be available in copious amounts—such as sodium, potassium, and especially magnesium. Rather than internal consumption alone, topical magnesium (citrate) cream can normally prevent cramping in any muscular/ tendon area. We’ve witnessed this for years from athletes who had access to it. Among other things, an excess of lactic acid can also create body tears. When muscles are stressed, lactic acid increases dramatically, yet ‘proper’ nutrition can typically keep them in check.

Don’t forget, the Achilles connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Additionally, the Achilles is the strongest tendon in the whole body. Nonetheless, it is susceptible to injury if one doesn’t treat it with great respect and care. Anyone with a calf injury is more vulnerable to an Achilles tear, yet wise precautions can significantly lessen chances for further injury.

The decision was ultimately up to Mr. Durant, so perhaps the buck ultimately stops with him.  Still, on all fronts, it wasn’t wisest to have him jump center and play 12 of the first 14 minutes of the game, and now we’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes super Kevin to makeup a comeback.

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6/10/19 – Hank Haney’s controversial comments

We waited to report on this, and we’re glad we did, as the media-circus has only become zanier by the day. This is a story about being careful (meaning “full of care”) in how we speak.Truth be told, do we not all have a tendency to put our foot in our mouths from time to time?  Indeed, we’re all imperfect, and all 16 types have at one time or another uttered words later to be regretted, like a dule (flock) of doves (as comedian Brian Regan famously taught us).

That said, it’s fair to say that some of us engage in impulsive outbursts more often than others, and run our mouths more than others.  As we have written in the past, Front and Right-brain Animates—FEARs & FCARs—are arguably most inclined—typologically speaking—to speak before thinking (out of the 16).  How so?  Consider the combination of traits that generally stem from said demographic—“energetic, spontaneous, and emotive”—and that ought to help us to understand and explain their propensity; which tendency, we should note, is not inherently negative.  It can be constructive (e.g. quick to praise or compliment) as well as destructive (e.g. unfiltered criticism).

Now, if we were to ask which of the 16 inborn Brain Types is most apt to think first, speak later, and choose their words carefully, which BTs come to mind?  Whatever your list, brain science indicates that the four Back-brained Inanimates (#6, #8, #14, and #16) are most inclined in that way.  The B_I_s are naturally inclined to contemplate their words before uttering them.   It’s their M.O.  How so?  Consider the combination of traits that generally stem from said demogrpahic—“introspective, inward, methodical, and impersonally critical (in analysis)”—and that ought to help us to understand and explain their propensity.   And, if we narrow it further, the two Conceptuals—the #14 and #16—would have the advantage via their proclivity to think more circumspectly and bigger picture than their Empirical “in-the-now” counterparts.  At any rate, when an #8 made the news (negatively) a few weeks ago over something he haphazardly said, it was not the typological norm.

Hank Haney, the former swing coach for Tiger Woods, opened up his radio show on SiriusXM with some controversial remarks that have earned him the titles of both “racist” and “sexist.”  Regarding who would win the U.S. Women’s Open, Hank went on to say, “I’m gonna predict a Korean.  I couldn’t name you six players on the LPGA Tour.  Maybe I could. Well … I’d go with Lee. If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right.”

The remarks lit a firestorm, and Haney later apologized that day.  “In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korean players on the tour I offended people and I am sorry.  I have the biggest respect for the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their sport, and I never meant to take away from their abilities and accomplishments.”  Still, he was suspended from his radio show.

“He deserved it,” said Tiger Woods days later.  “Just can’t look at life like that. And he obviously said what he meant, and he got what he deserved.”  Michelle Wie then responded on Twitter: “As a Korean American female golfer, these comments that Hank Haney made disappoint and anger me on so many levels. Racism and sexism are no laughing matter Hank … shame on you.”

Haney recently responded to Woods in a Tweet.  @HankHaney “Amazing how [Tiger Woods] now has become the moral authority on issues pertaining to women. I spent six great years coaching Tiger and not one time did he ever hear me utter one sexist or racist word. Now, in addition to being a 15-time major champion, I guess he thinks he’s also a mind reader? #glasshouses.”

Ouch!  Some pretty ugly stuff going on, with bitter words and unforgiveness clouding the air like poisonous smoke grenades.  Hank Haney, an ‘Impersonal Observer’ (Empirical Inanimate), was factually correct in his assessment that Koreans dominate today’s LPGA circuit.  In the first 12 LPGA events of the season, half of them have been won by ladies from South Korea.  Let that statistic sink in for a moment.  Half.  On top of that, two out of the four top golfers currently hail from South Korea (Lydia Ko and Inbee Park).  So was Haney accurate?  Yes.  Was Hank Haney tactful?  Absolutely not.  Is Hank Haney racist?  Based on his past, no.  Does Haney think women’s golf is boring?  It sounds likely, as do millions of other Americans.  As we’ve written before, #7 FEILs and #8 BEILs are Inanimate Empiricals who have a knack for impersonally calling things as they see them (a.k.a. realists).  Personality typists refer to them as “sensing thinkers.”  As such, they live in the moment and logically critique the world around them.  Haney was critical in the moment (ironically, while praising Koreans), and he really goofed on public radio.  That’s uncharacteristic for a Back brain Inanimate.  However, when #8s speak speak off the cuff, such as on a lengthy on-air broadcast, it can happen, even to them.

Haney apologized, and should be forgiven if the professional sports world is to be consistent.  We live in a brave new world of political correctness, and it’s one thing to call someone out, but quite another to label someone permanently, for life.  We do well to remember that when forgiveness is given by us, forgiveness someday will be granted.

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6/3/19 – The memorable Bart Starr

It’s rare to find a #7 FEIL in sports.  If you do, they may be a center in the NBA, or perhaps a pitcher in the MLB.  As a reminder to our rookie audience, the “L” in their Brain Type stands for Left brain dominant.  The Left brain specializes in concentrating on one issue at a time, and its control of the motor skills tend to be more mechanical.  Among other differences, Left-brained athletes are cerebrally designed to see one part of their field of play in an exact fashion, whereas Right-brainers see the entire field of play in an inexact way.  As such, at the quarterback position especially, Left-brainers don’t often get to the professional level.  Yet, one man back in the 1960s did fair quite well, and his name was Bart Starr for the Green Bay Packers.  Star passed away on Sunday at the age of 85, and a statement in his honor read, “While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit.”

How well did Starr do in the NFL?  He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships two Super Bowls titles.  In fact, until a fellow named Brett Favre (#5 FEIR) came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever!  He held to one motto that was perfect for not only #7s like him, but any Left brain design who may be less athletically gifted: “Desire and dedication are everything.”  He also went on to say, “If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you.”  He credited coach Vince Lombardi for showing him “that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.”  What better Brain Type than a #15 FCIL like Lombardi to to teach a young man the meaning of hard work, but better yet, using your mind?

When Starr retired in 1971, his career completion percentage of 57.4 was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever.  How’s that for a Left-brainer?  (True, the passing game and secondary defenses were not all that sophisticated back then.)  Yes, hard work and determination led Bart Starr to be one of the best of his day, and he will long be remembered as a man who succeeded both on and off the field.

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5/27/19 – Dwayne Wade retires from basketball

We paid our respects to Dirk Nowitzski, the kind #10 BCAR German superstar who said goodbye to the game of basketball this season.  We didn’t say goodbye, however, to another nice guy who was also a superstar in his own right.  We’re talking about Dwayne Wade, the #2 BEAR who played 1,054 regular-season games, 177 playoff games, won three NBA championships, one Finals MVP award, 13 All-Star selections, eight all-NBA honors, more than 23,000 points (30th in NBA history), 3,954 playoff points (10th in history), was the top 30 in career steals, has the most blocks by a guard in NBA history, and finally, was a two Olympic medals champion (one gold, one bronze).  Yeah, that’s not too shabby!

It’s interesting to note that, arguably, the NBA’s all-time greatest shooting guards have been Michael Jordan (#6), Kobe Bryant (#2), Jerry West (#6), Clyde Drexler (#2), and yes, Dwayne Wade.  Notice their Brain Types.  All are #6 BEIRs or #2 BEARs, gifted with getting the ball and putting it in the basket.  These inborn designs conserve their energy until needed (perfect for the shooting guard), and they are fiercely competitive (all being Q2s – the brain’s fight or flight region).  Wade has long been a fierce competitor, and many fans want him to play another year, but he says, “I’m 37 years old, 16 years, five finals. I’ve done enough. It’s time for me to move out of the way and let the next generation do their thing.”  Wade again went on to say, “I don’t like the fact that I have to leave my daughter to come on this road trip. I don’t like two-week road trips. I don’t like shoot- arounds in the morning. I don’t like getting up at 9 some mornings to go to shoot-around. I don’t like certain things. I understand the reason for them and all. This process is not exciting to me anymore where it used to be. I get bored with it.” 

Nine in the morning?  Is that early?  Maybe Wade is ready to settle into his naturally relaxed, live-and-let-live #2 ways.

Finally, what was the best feeling for Wade as a player?  “…just to see young kids, the way they look at you, too, just because of the sport you play. And the way parents look at you because of the way you handle yourself. There’s nothing like that look when you see a kid admiring you who has your jersey on and looking at you with these big eyes.”  Yes, the kid in Wade loved the admiration of kids around him!

Thanks for the memories, Dwayne, and for being a player kids could look up to!

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5/20/19 – The passing of Doris Day

They say her personality was “irrepressible,” and when you look up that definition, it perfectly describes the female #9 FCAR.  “Uncontainable, unrestrainable,” or “inquenchable”.  Yes, such was Doris Day, the beaming singer/actress who stole America’s hearts from the 1940s well into the 1960s.  Last week Ms. Day died at the ripe age 97 (wow!), spending much of her later years in defense of animals, founding the Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978.  She once stated, “I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”  

Although initially known for her soothing voice that “brimmed with emotion,” Doris would later go on to star in over 40 movies.  Audiences couldn’t help but notice her.  She always seemed happy, and she spread that energetic happiness to those around her.  “I like joy,” Doris once said.  “I want to be joyous.  I want to have fun on the set.  I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile, and I want to make people laugh. And that’s all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.”  Yes, we call the #9 the “pied paper” for good reason!

Of course, #9s desperately want to be loved and adored, and this led Ms. Day into some bad marriages.  By the time she made her first movie in the late 1940s, she had already been married and divorced twice.  “From the time I was a little girl my only true ambition in life was to get married and tend house and have a family,” she once said.  Parents will do well to affirm their love for their #9s so they don’t go seeking it in the wrong places (and help them think objectively before making rash decisions)!  Doris would end up marrying and divorcing four times.

Although unlucky in love, Doris would remain a public figure known for wholesomeness and morality.  “Vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit,” she once wisely stated.  In the end, she was an incredibly gifted performer, and in the words of one well-known critic, “Doris Day was the most underrated film musical performer of all time.”

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5/7/19 – Comparing Benjamin Netanyahu and Margaret Thatcher

In ironic news, Israel’s recently re-elected Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been compared to England’s former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.  In an article titled, “Netanyahu: More similar to Thatcher than Erdogan,” the author goes on to write, “Contrary to what some of his critics claim, Netanyahu has not turned into an Israeli version of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Far from it.”

Netanyahu, of course, is a #15 FCIL, as was Ms. Thatcher, while Erdogan is a #13 FCIR.  The column goes on to say, “…there is little doubt that in foreign affairs, Netanyahu has secured more friends and created less enemies than Erdogan has.”  As we have detailed time and time again over the years, look no further than the #15 FCIL to find someone gifted in diplomacy.  Think of Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, two men with varying personalities yet sharing the exact same Brain Type.  As Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting, “This Brain Type has the ability an drive to harness people or groups toward a goal.  They are natural leaders who work hard, delegate well, and accomplish much.”  Yet, he adds, “It is up to parents and society to instill in them the proper values.  When this is done, there are no stronger, competent, effective or better leaders than FCILs.”  All to say, there are exceptions, but the #15 is innately gifted in these key leadership areas.

When reinstated in a few months, Netanyahu will beat the record by serving for a longer period as prime minister than anyone in modern Israel’s history.  Lastly, the article compares Thatcher with Netanyahu, saying, “Thatcher was an ideologue, as Netanyahu is, though she could be pragmatic to attain her ideological objectives, as Netanyahu can.”  Yes, #15s  dream their goals, and most often achieve their goals!

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5/4/19 – The passing of John Havlicek

“He was as amazing to his teammates off the court as he was on the court. Great attention was paid to his fussiness, his profound sense of order. He would hang up all of his clothes in his locker, even his socks. Who hangs up socks? He would arrange all his toiletries by height. Who arranges toiletries by height? He would take care of the bill at all team dinners. No, he wouldn’t pay the bill. He would go down the list, making sure each player would contribute for that extra glass of wine or that more expensive entrée. Who cuts up the check like that in modern-day sports? ‘Well, back then, nobody was making the big money,’ Mal Graham, a Celtic for two championship teams, says. ‘These were the cheapest guys you’d ever meet.’

So are we talking about a fastidious #16 BCIL?  Or perhaps an over-controlling #7 FEIL?  No, in this case, we’re talking about a well-raised #2 BEAR who also happened to be a really talented NBA basketball player.  John Havlicek, an 8-time champion with the Boston Celtics, died last week at the age of 79.  As a boy, his mother said he was always running everywhere, “running, running, always involved in games of some kind, always running.”  He also wasn’t naturally smart, but studied extremely hard,  “Jerry Lucas was my roommate,” he once said. “It would be finals week, and I’d be sitting there with all my notes, a line of No. 2 pencils all sharpened, all my books, doing an all-nighter. Jerry’d come in, turn on the radio and read for half an hour and go to bed. I’d be up all night. He’d get the A. I’d be fighting for that C.”

And what was/ is Lucas’ Brain Type?  Big Jerry possesses #15 DNA (FCIL), the opposite of Havlicek’s #2 design. In Lucas’ heyday, Jon Niednagel not only watched many of Jerry’s college and pro games, but he had a chance to speak with Jerry as well.  Niednagel says Lucas has been a consummate #15 who pushed his Brain Type to the limit.  Jerry even memorized the entire New York City phone-book!

As a player, Havlicek was naturally talented, a smooth #2 sailor who had a coordinated shot (even from distance) and a keen eye on the court.  Still, he always attributed his success to grinding it out.  “Whether I start or come off the bench makes no difference to me. My game has always been go as hard as I can as long as I can.”  And that he did, typical of many other #2s who last long in their respective sports.  As one author put it, “He had some extra lubrication, some kind of Pennzoil of the body, or something that made the parts work just a little bit better than everyone else’s parts. How else to explain what he did? He could keep going and going and going. He never had to stop.  For 16 seasons, in a game played by the best athletes in any professional sport, he could wear down anyone and everyone.”

It wasn’t Pennzoil.  It was good genetics, and it was Brain Type.

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5/1/19 – Goodbye to class-act Dirk Nowitzki

He’s arguably the most liked basketball player in the NBA.  Even his fiercest “enemies” can’t help but love Dirk Nowitzki, so when he played in his last NBA home game in Dallas a few weeks ago to end his “farewell tour”, the crowd was on its feet and tears were streaming down Dirk’s eyes in typical dominant Animate fashion.  The Mavs played a video showing all of Nowitzki’s charity work during his time in Dallas, particularly his many quiet visits to children’s hospitals away from the spotlight (sounds a little like fellow and paradoxical #10 BCAR Michael Jackson who frequented hospitals without anyone knowing).  Dirk couldn’t contain himself, covering his face.  Yes, Nowitzki said he has broken down emotionally a few times in private since deciding it was time to retire (#10s never want to leave Neverland!).  The crowd chanted, “THANK YOU DIRK,” while Larry Bird (#6 BEIR), Charles Barkley (#1 FEAR), Scottie Pippen (#2 BEAR), Shawn Kemp (#6 BEIR) and countryman Detlef Schrempf (#6 BEIR) spoke in his honor.

Mark Cuban (#13 FCIR), owner of the Mavericks, took the court and stated, “I’ll promise you that you have a job for life. I don’t care what you do. I’ll promise you that we’ll retire your number, not a tough decision. And I’ll promise you we will put the biggest … statue ever. And we’ll put it right in front of the arena.”

No question, Dirk has been the best player ever to put on a Mavericks uniform, combining his size, strength, and ‘CA’ finesse to dominate the court for 21 years in what now is a Hall-of-Fame career.  BTI’s Director, Jonathan Niednagel, goes way back with Dirk. Prior to Dirk’s selection in the 1998 draft, Niednagel assessed him from some poor-quality European video tape for savant Coach Nelson’s son, Donnie Jr.  To say the least, Niednagel was excited to find a rare #10, much less one from overseas and 7 feet tall with skill and a 3 point shot!

It’s good to remember that Dirk isn’t well-loved simply because of his Brain Type.  Unlike the self-focused, insecure Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#10 BCAR), who was long known as a jerk throughout his career and only in recent days has turned a new leaf (also thanks to the power of the pen), Dirk is a class-act, and deserves all the credit he has received. Coincidentally, Dirk and Kareem are the only 2 players in NBA history to achieve four consecutive 30-point, 15-rebound post-season games. When it really matters, the normally mild-mannered #10s become more aggressive.

Thank you for the memories, Dirk, but most of all, thank you for being a player we all could look up to.

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