Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dirk Nowitzki announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday night. He made the announcement at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas after the game against the Phoenix Suns.

“As you might expect,” Nowitzki told the sold-out Dallas crowd, “this was my last home game.”

Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki speaks before receiving a commemorative All-Star jerseys after the NBA All-Star game
Dirk Nowitzki speaks before receiving a commemorative All-Star jerseys after the NBA All-Star game (Getty Images)

Nowitzki ends his career with the Mavericks following 21-seasons. He is expected to be in the Hall of Fame down the road once his eligibility expires.

He spent his entire career with one team. The big man walks away at the same time as Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, who will also retire on Wednesday night.

Both Wade and Nowitzki was honored by the NBA in February at the All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I’ve put you guys on a hell of a ride with a lot of ups and downs and you guys always stuck with me and supported me, and I appreciate it,” Nowitzki told the crowd.

Nowitzki scored 30 points in 32 minutes in a 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. He was the second-leading scorer in the game, as Jamal Crawford scored 51 points.

His career will come to a close on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

“This is my new home,” Nowitzki said to a roar of approval. “I left Germany over 20 years ago and became a Texan.”

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