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Nowitzki returns home after NBA title

2011-06-29 06:37:13 GMT2011-06-29 14:37:13(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki of Germany signs autographs for fans during a news conference in Wuerzburg, southern Germany, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. More then two weeks after winning the NBA championship basketball title Nowitzky is celebrated by fans in his hometown. (AP Photo/dapd, Thomas Lohnes)

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki of Germany sports a hat in the colors of the German flag during a news conference in Wuerzburg, southern Germany, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. More then two weeks after winning the NBA championship basketball title Nowitzky is celebrated by fans in his hometown. (AP Photo/dapd, Thomas Lohnes)

Basketballer Dirk Nowitzki poses on a balcony of the Wuerzburg Residence in Wuerzburg, southern Germany on June 28, 2011, while thousands of fans watch from the square. Dirk Nowitzki, the German playmaker who led the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Finals victory, admitted he was 'overwhelmed' by the response as he came back to his home city on June 28, 2011. AFP PHOTO / POOL /

WUERZBURG, Germany — NBA star Dirk Nowitzki received a hero's welcome on Tuesday when he returned to his home town more than two weeks after leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first championship.

The German was welcomed by about 3,000 fans in a Wuerzburg sports hall and signed the golden book in the city hall.

The fans cheered "MVP, MVP" to welcome the most valuable player of the final series against the Miami Heat.

Nowitzki then got into a motorcade to join an outdoor party expected to draw 15,000 fans.

(Agencies)

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