Highlights: Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki honored with jersey retirement ceremony in Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks joined the NBA in 1980. Their most successful year did not begin until in 1998 they named German great shooter Dirk Nowitzki.

When the franchise was led by the 7-feeder over a 21-year stretch, the franchise registered major landmarks such as:

  • First and only two NBA Finals (2006, 2011)
  • First and only NBA championship (2011)
  • Most successful regular season (67-15 in 2006-07, .817)
  • Two of four division titles (2007, 2010)
  • Only league MVP and Finals MVP in franchise history
  • 12 playoff games in a row (2001-12)
  • 11 of 14 50-win regular seasons

His 21 years in the NBA are tied with three other players for the second most played in the NBA, but it’s the longest career a player has represented a single franchise.

Nowitzki ranks among the leaders in the Mavericks’ greatest statistics categories of all time, not to mention the sixth-highest all-time ranking and the highest-ranked Maverick in the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 31,560 career points.

Nowitzki is on Maverick’s franchise leaderboard
Category Rank statistics
Played games 1 1522
Played minutes 1 51,368
Total rebounds 1 11,489
Blocks 1 1,281
Free throw 1 7,240
3-pointer 1 1,982

He is not only one of the NBA’s greatest, as evidenced by his selection to the NBA 75, but also one of the greatest European and international players the league has ever seen.

So it came as no surprise when the Mavericks announced in November 2021 that they would honor the legend by stepping down from his No. 41 jersey when the team would host the Golden State Warriors on January 5th. His No. 41 will be the fourth issue to be retired by the franchise.

Nowitzki already has a section of the street close to the team’s home arena, American Airlines Arena, named after him – the Nowitzki way. It is certainly no coincidence that the 2021-22 season is the franchise’s 41st in the league.

That said, here are a few sights and sounds from Nowitzki’s jersey retirement ceremony

Sights and sounds: Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey retirement ceremony

The moment!

As part of his speech on his memorable evening, Nowitzki thanked his parents for their victims, shared how proud he is of his children as a father and ended it by thanking Maverick’s faithful.

Maverick’s current head coach and Nowitzki’s teammate Jason Kidd paid tribute to the German, himself asks him jokingly if he wanted to come back given the current situation with the NBA team handing out 10-day contracts.

The Dallas franchise is by no means done celebrating their legend when Maverick Governor Mark Cuban shared some big news.

Nowitzki had several special familiar faces sitting on the center court to celebrate his shirt being raised to the rafters.

Before the ceremony

Of course, Nowitzki’s longtime coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner was present. No, he was missing it.

As part of the special evening, the Mavericks also gave a donation away to the legend’s charity at the break.

Before the match, all current Mavericks players showed up to the arena in Nowitzki’s jerseys with Luka Doncic, who even paid tribute to the legend of his custom Jordan sneakers.

Man of the night!

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