Dallas Mavericks: NBA players pay respect to Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki received another tribute as he heads off into retirement. See the latest video of respect from current NBA players.

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki has officially retired. He closed out 21 seasons with the Mavs by producing two historic performances to round his career. Dirk is the Mavericks in many ways. He is an icon, legend, face of the franchise, and so much more.

Replacing Nowitzki will be impossible. He changed the NBA and brought so much more than basketball to Dallas. Dirk has been celebrated all season long, and he deserves every second of it plus more.

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Dirk Nowitzki is a trailblazer for seven-footers that can shoot and stretch the floor. He also had a massive impact in Europe as a global ambassador to the NBA. Players from all over the word idolize Dirk and want to be him.

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Below is a video of notable European NBA players paying their respects to Dirk Nowitzki for everything he has done courtesy of the official Twitter of the National Basketball Players Association.

Fellow Maverick Kristaps Porzingis closes out the video strong. Despite his retirement, Dirk could be a massive reason why Porzingis stays in Dallas for years to come. Playing with Luka Doncic is something every NBA player wants to do, but Nowitzki still needs to be part of the Mavs sales pitch.

There is no perfect word that encapsulates everything Dirk Nowitzki did and means to Dallas. He is an inner-circle Hall of Famer that he is universally loved. Mavericks fans should be thankful for the 21 seasons they had Dirk, but he will be missed dearly.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki received another tribute from fellow NBA players. The respects keep pouring in. Dirk deserves every second of it and more.

The Mavs will be moving forward with Luka Doncic leading the charge. The 20-year-old had a historically great rookie season but is not Dirk. Things will be different, but the Mavericks are in good hands. Doncic has the ability to vault into a top-ten NBA player and could lead Dallas to plenty of success.

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Thank you for everything Dirk. Hopefully, he enjoys his retirement and remains a part of the Dallas Mavericks. Expect more Dirk news in the coming months, so keep it tuned in to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.