Dallas Mavericks Honour Superstar Dirk Nowitzki, Retire His No. 41 Jersey
“We’re giving out 10-days, you want to come back?”
Unfortunately for Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki is enjoying his retirement and on Wednesday night he was able to enjoy a night of celebration. Following the team’s 99-82 victory over the powerhouse Golden State Warriors, the Mavericks retired Nowitzki’s no. 41 jersey in a postgame ceremony.
Nowitzki, who spent the entirety of his 21-year NBA career in the DFW area with the Mavericks, turned into one of the most decorated All-Stars and most prolific scorers in the history of the league. The NBA Hall of Famer was a 14-time All-Star, a league MVP and helped lead the Mavericks to the organization’s first and only NBA championship. He is also sixth on the league’s all-time scoring list with 31,560 career points.
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“I want everybody to see your greatness forever, Dirk,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. “So your name is on the court. And even though you didn’t want it to happen, your silhouette is on the floor. And one of the things we do so that all future Mavs fans and all future players will always know your greatness is, we put your numbers up in the rafters.
“But that’s not all we do, Dirk, because I want everybody to see more of you and because I made you a promise. I’m going to keep my promise.”
Cuban was only one of three high-profile speakers on a night that also included two separate tribute videos. Nowitzki would also make a near 20-minute speech which primarily consisted of a laundry list of thank you’s. The German superstar would express his gratitude to his three head coaches – Don Nelson, Avery Johnson and Rick Carlisle – and a number of past teammates, including Michael Finley and Steve Nash.
Immortalized forever. #41Forever.
Dirk Nowitzki's No. 41 takes its rightful place atop the American Airlines Center. 💙 pic.twitter.com/W8MgKgd0ST
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“Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for making this journey incredible,” Nowitzki said during the ceremony. “And thank you for taking in a long, lanky kid over 20 years ago and making him one of your own. I’ll be always grateful.”
Not a bad career for a long, lanky kid!