Dirk Nowitzki Called Deron Williams to Get His Van Out of the Mud

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Of course Dirk drives a van

Split image of Dirk Nowitzki getting his van stuck in the mud and Deron Williams in a Dallas Mavericks jersey

In times like these, people need to look out for each other. That means staying home as much as possible, assisting people in need with their shopping and not hoarding toilet paper. Or, if you’re a former NBA player, using your pickup truck to help an old teammate get his minivan out of the mud.

Former Mavericks point guard Deron Williams posted on Instagram on Sunday that he got a text from Dirk Nowitzki asking whether he was under quarantine. Dirk needed help pulling his car out of some mud and called on a friend he knew had a big truck.

Of course Dirk drives a minivan. It’s a fancy Mercedes-Benz Metris “passenger van” (starting at $35,580) but it’s still a minivan. It’s the fadeaway jumper of vehicles: simple, but effective. 

Dirk doesn’t have AAA, though? Or did he just trust Williams not to get him sick more than he trusted a tow truck driver? I’m sure Williams was happy to dish out one more assist anyway.

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