Monday, 22 April, 2019

Watch Emotional Moment Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki Announces His Retirement

Dirk Nowitzki right celebrates his career with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban Dirk Nowitzki right celebrates his career with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
Jennie Wade | 14 April, 2019, 02:40

"But as you guys might expect, this is my last home game".

The tribute video the Spurs made for him before the game is a thing of beauty, the ultimate sign of respect.

The smooth-shooting 7-footer changed the game when the Mavericks traded for the 20-year-old, taken ninth overall in the 1998 draft.

Nowitzki has set an National Basketball Association record with his 21st season with the Mavs, having been tied at 20 seasons with the same club with former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.

Dirk lands double-double: In his final game, Nowitzki notched the 411th double-double of his career. The pre-game [tribute] video got me really emotional before the game. It has a top Rookie of the Year candidate in Luka Doncic and traded for 23-year-old Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis in February. Twenty-one seasons with the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Suns closed out a miserable season, finishing 19-63.

"We just have to win and start playing at a high level, trying to build for something", White said.

But knowing didn't make what happened with 46.8 seconds left in Wednesday's game against San Antonio any easier. He had 20 points in the contest. Denver's Alex English played 39, and Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon played 38.

San Antonio reassumed control, however, by scoring the ensuing seven points and finished off the Mavericks down the stretch.

Nowitzki is a 14-time All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA team member. I think a lot of people can relate to that, here, Bertans said. "I was like, 'That's sweet, ' and then it just kind of all came out. Not only did they show highlights from my career, but they showed highlights from me beating up on the Spurs, which was even more incredible". It's a fitting finale in some regards because the Spurs were probably Nowitzki's biggest rivals.

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