BallinEurope is not only a basketball blog, we also talk about the stories that are somehow related to the sport we love. So the info I found today on the net made me smile a bit as it shows the importance of Dirk Nowitzki in Germany.

In recent German high school mathematics exams, a question about probability was linked to the German NBA player. For the mathematics freaks among our readers, here is the question:

The German basketball player Dirk Nowitzki plays for the Dallas Mavericks in the American professional league NBA. In the 2006/2007 season, he had a free-throw shooting percentage of 90.4%.

Calculate the probability that he

1. makes exactly 8 shots out of 10 attempts

2. makes a maximum of 8 shots out of 10 attempts

3. is successful four times in a row at most

So personally, I have no clue what the answers are. My math-school days are years away. The chief attraction in the questions, however, is the following. A university mathematics teacher from Bonn has declared that question 3 is “wrongly stated” and “importantly incomplete.”

According to the teacher, without saying in question 3 how many free throws in total Nowitzki must shoot, this question is not solvable.

So it looks like Dirk Nowtzki is not only incapable of leading a NBA team to the championship, but is also reason for lots of German students to have big problems on their math exams.

By the way, if any reader of BallinEurope can solve the three problems, he earns a bag full of Respect… 😉