Dirk Nowitzki Announces He's Retiring from NBA After 21 Seasons

May JohnsonApr 11, 2019

Dwyane Wade was honoured after his final home game for Miami Heat. He passed his previous season high of 21 on a 3-pointer early in the third quarter.

"This is obviously super, super emotional", Nowitzki said. But Nowitzki appears to be on his way to ending an illustrious career in style. He's the nicest man ever.

He was selected to the All-Star game 14 times and also earned the NBA MVP award in 2007 and the Finals MVP in 2011. "I promise you a job for life".

It wasn't just the Mavericks who acted as if it were Nowitzki's final go-round.

Dirk Nowitzki has not said whether he is retiring because he never wanted a farewell tour. "I want to see how my body feels the last couple of weeks".

And then after Larry Bird joked during a postgame ceremony that he was "15 when Dirk came into the league and now I'm 62", Nowitzki let fly with a realization the 40-year-old said he reached in recent days.

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After returning from his ankle injury, Nowitzki notched career lows this season in most major categories. At 39 years and 20 days old, he became the oldest player in National Basketball Association history to score 50-plus points in a game.

Nowitzki could thus have had some reason to feel like he still has something left, and teammate Kristaps Porzingis, who was traded from the Knicks in February but has been out the entire season while recovering from knee surgery, reportedly lobbied for his childhood idol to return nest season so they could play together.

"All the things he did for the NBA", Doncic said.

In addition the 51-point point effort, Crawford also chipped in five assists and five rebounds with a steal and a block to boot.

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

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