Dirk Nowitzki Announces Retirement After 21 Seasons In NBA

Dirk Nowitzki Announces Retirement After 21 Seasons In NBA

Dirk Nowitzki Announces Retirement After 21 Seasons In NBA

It was only fitting that Nowitzki's final shot came against the San Antonio Spurs, a team he terrorized in the regular season and postseason. 'Felt nearly like a home game, honestly'.

Following the Mavericks' victory against the Phoenix Suns, during which Nowitzki scored a season-high 30 points, the team held a heartfelt ceremony for the big German.

Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks cries before the game against the San Antonio Spurs on April 10, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Dallas' season finale, and the career-ender for Nowitzki, is Wednesday night in San Antonio. Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011, had 31,510 points with two games to go.

His resume is littered with accomplishments, including a 2007 MVP award, a 2011 National Basketball Association championship and 14 All-Star appearances.

The cheers continued moments later when coach Rick Carlisle pulled Nowitzki from the game for one final nod of appreciation. On the flip side, Nowitzki averaged an impressive stat line of 21.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.8 blocks in meetings with Duncan.

"Yeah, Brad got me".

After a historic career which spanned 21 seasons with the same club, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is ready to hang them up for good. "Seeing him out there and playing against one of the greatest of all time for the last time, it was cool".

Dirk Nowitzki ended speculation regarding his future once and for all Tuesday.

After returning from his ankle injury, Nowitzki notched career lows this season in most major categories. "The way the community supported me from day one", he said in an interview after announcing his retirement.

"It's tough to let something go that you love so much, that you've been doing basically for your entire life, something that you lived and breathed for over 20 years", he said.

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