Dirk Nowitzki Says His Shoulder Hurts Because Zaza Pachulia’s Head ‘Weighs 500 Pounds’

The only relationship more seamless and fruitful than Zaza Pachulia’s on-court fit with the Dallas Mavericks might be his off-court one with Dirk Nowitzki. The veteran imports have grown close since the Georgian big man signed with Mark Cuban’s club this summer, and have already provided basketball’s wildly entertaining ancillary world with some typically amusing fodder.

Can you think of two other seven-footers who would feel comfortable publicly admitting a season-long bet when it comes to dunks? That kind of honest wager takes a special type of humor and self-deprecation, and both Nowitzki and Pachulia clearly have each in spades – as their latest social media exchange makes hilariously clear.

Following Dallas’ dramatic double-overtime win against the Sacramento Kings on Monday, Pachulia used an impromptu photo of the pair to call his teammate “soft.”

Dirk saying that I hurt his left shoulder during this moment in yesterday's game?? Soft #Mavs #mavsnation #mffl

A photo posted by Zaza Pachulia (@zazapachulia) on

Nowitzki responded in the dry, sarcastic tone only an effortless comedian like him could.

500 pounds might be a stretch. The Mavericks’ big man, after all, is listed at a measly 275 pounds; Dirk’s math doesn’t quite add up. On the other hand, take a look the size discrepancy between the heads of Nowitzki and Pachulia in the photo at issue.

Yup. That’s a big dome.