Dallas Mavericks Legend Dirk Nowitzki’s # 41 Jersey Retired During Postgame Ceremony Wednesday Night – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a great, emotional and memorable night for the greatest Dallas Mavericks player ever and his legion of fans.

Dirk Nowitzki, who has played all of his 21 NBA seasons in Dallas, saw his # 41 jersey hanging on the beams of the American Airlines Center after the game against the Golden State Warriors, which the Mavs won 99- 82.

Golden State offered its tribute to Nowitzki in a video in a third-quarter timeout.

There were messages recorded by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, who joked about two pumpkins of an outdated Nowitzki in the same order that deceived him when the video showed the climax.

Nowitzki made a half appearance to a loud cheer for a check presentation to his foundation from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

After the game, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Coach and former teammate Jason Kidd and team owner Mark Cuban were special guests at the ceremony.

Nowitzki joins Brad Davis (# 10), Rolando Blackman (# 22) and Derek Harper (# 12) as the only Mavericks to have their jerseys hung in the beams.

All fans present for the January 5 game received Nowitzki memorabilia, including a special edition NFT, commemorative cards, rally towels and fan clappers.

Fans who arrived early were able to run the contest as a museum featuring a special showcase from Nowitzki’s personal collection, including All-Star and championship rings, jerseys, shoes and memorabilia from his history with the Dallas Mavericks.

“These are great,” said Melvin Vera. “It’s just a great moment to be here – to see this live here.”

Vera said this is a night he will never forget.

“Dirk has been a part of my life for a very long time now. I’ve devoted so much of my personal time to his career and this is just, “he said.” It’s definitely going to be an emotional night. “

“I remember being at Dirk’s last home game and the memories of it,” said Levi Stern. “I’m hoping for something just as big as that tonight.”

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“I saw the man play just about every game for 20 years. I’m going to scare,” said Randall McMillan. “It’s going to be a night in life.”

Fans call him the GOAT, for “greatest of all time.”

“He just had a great career – after all, everything he did I want to say ‘thank you’,” said Martin Ibarra.

After the game, the jersey retirement ceremony marking the greatest moments of Nowitzki’s history in Mavericks will be held with videos, music and entertainment for all attending fans.

Nowitzki is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

In a total of 1,522 games, Nowitzki is the Mavericks’ all-time leader in points (31,560), games played (1,522), starts (1,460), minutes (51,368), rebounds (11,489), defensive rebounds (10,021), field goals (11,169). ), 3-pointers made (1,982), free throws made (7,240) and blocks (1,281).

As a 14-time All-Star and the first European-born player named MVP (2006 – 07), Nowitzki led the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA Championship in 2011.

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