Nowitzki announces retirement after final home game for Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki announces retirement after final home game for Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks will finish their season Wednesday against the Spurs in San Antonio.

After spending all 21 seasons with Dallas, he received high praises from owner Mark Cuban.

"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 added.

Popovich spoke about those heated playoff series and said despite the wins and losses, Nowitzki won with class and it was an honor to watch him play.

The smooth-shooting 7-footer changed the game when the Mavericks traded for the 20-year-old, taken ninth overall in the 1998 draft. He walked through the parking garage tunnel into the arena high-fiving staff who were all wearing Dirk tribute T-shirts with 41.21.1 on the front, which stands for Nowitzki's jersey number, his 21 years with Dallas (an National Basketball Association record) and 1 for one team.

Dirk said his decision to retire came only in the last few days even though many people assumed it was inevitable.

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Around the same time that the Spurs showed their knack for scouting and introducing global players to the NBA, Nowitzki forged a path for European basketball players to achieve their hoop dreams and compete at the highest level.

Nowitzki got a huge sendoff Tuesday night in his final home game, and Wednesday night, the curtain will finally fall on his career.

Duncan averaged 21.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.9 blocks in games played against Nowitzki.

The Suns finished tied for the second-worst record in the league this season at 19-63, but that won't to deter Crawford from returning for a 20th National Basketball Association season. But all season long, Dirk Nowitzki wouldn't confirm it. I think mentally I could still do it.

The legacy, however, is. He told the crowd he left Germany 20 years ago and became a Texan. "I'll see you soon", he said.

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