Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki was in attendance for the game in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. The Lakers honored him with a touching tribute video.
Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki decided to retire at the end of last season. The legend is sixth all-time in scoring. He played all 21 seasons with the Mavericks and brought Dallas a championship in 2011. Nowitzki is one of the best to ever do it.
His decision to announce his retirement after the Mavs final home game allowed him to skip the farewell tour. It did not stop certain teams from honoring him, but there was a lack of formality.
Nowitzki was in attendance when the Dallas Mavericks took on the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 1 in California. He was fulfilling a charity commitment. The Lakers took the chance to honor the legend with a tribute video. The crowd gave him a loud ovation at the conclusion too.
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The Mavericks defeated the Lakers 114-100 in front of their home crowd on Sunday afternoon. It snapped a ten game winning streak for LA. Luka Doncic led the way with 27 points and 11 assists. Dallas used a massive 35-point third quarter to blow the game open. It was one of their best defensive performances of the season too.
The Mavs are unstoppable with Dirk in the building. Tim Cato tweeted the facts after Sunday’s victory.
Nowitzki may not be totally against the idea. He shared his thoughts on this season’s Mavs to Brad Townsend. Dirk is loving what he is seeing from Luka Doncic and the team. He discussed their outlook going forward as well.
It is still a bit weird watching the Mavericks and not seeing Dirk Nowitzki out on the court. 21 straight years will have that impact. Hopefully, he is enjoying his retirement, and the injuries are healing up. Nowitzki will always be the Mavs GOAT.
Dirk should be at a few more games before the end of the season. Expect the Mavs to keep up their winning streak with number 41 in attendance. His presence adds a bit of extra fire for the young team. Nowitzki continues helping the Mavericks win even in retirement. Fans should not be surprised.