Mavericks staffers sure acted like Dirk Nowitzki is going to retire

Mavericks staffers sure acted like Dirk Nowitzki is going to retire

Javier Howell
April 11, 2019

The Dallas Mavericks honored Nowitzki on Tuesday night, which served as the penultimate game of the year and the final home game of the campaign.

Nowitzki, 40, walked out into the court to speak to the home fans after the Mavericks' 120-109 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

"As you guys might expect, this is my last home game", Nowitzki told an American Airlines Center crowd that forced him to pause his postgame speech to give him an ovation.

The 14-time All-Star got the farewell treatment on the road anyway, with opposing fans chanting "We want Dirk" and giving him standing ovations, and LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers stopping a game, grabbing a public address microphone and honoring Nowitzki.

While many suspected 2018-19 might be Nowitzki's last season, spectators were stunned by his announcement.

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Dirk Nowitzki, one of the greatest global players to ever step on an National Basketball Association hardwood floor, announced Tuesday night he would be retiring at the end of the season.

Nowitzki kept shooting on his busiest night of the season, finishing with highs of 31 shots (making 11) and 33 minutes. "I promise you a job for life". But Nowitzki appears to be on his way to ending an illustrious career in style.

A sellout crowd followed owner Mark Cuban's order of filling the arena early, and cheered from the first possible moment for the player who guided the Mavericks to their only championship eight years ago.

The news came on the heels of a season full of speculation over Nowitzki's future plans and a pregame setup that hinted that this might be his last game in Dallas. "Now every big fella trying to shoot the ball from 3".

He broke Kobe Bryant's record of 20 seasons with the Lakers. "It just doesn't make any sense any more physically".