Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki receives high German honor

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki received the German Order of Merit for his charity work on Dec. 4. Find out more about the honor here.

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki continues to be honored. He came to the game in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, and the Lakers played a tribute video to him. Since his retirement, the outpouring has been massive and deservedly so.

Dirk received a massive honor in his native Germany on Dec. 4. He was given the Order of Merit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Nowitzki was one of 23 people honored for their community service work.

Mavericks fans know and love Dirk for his basketball talents, but his charity work is equally impressive. It was fantastic to see him recognized for it.

Lillard wants to emulate Dirk

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard also gave Dirk Nowitzki a shout out in a recent ESPN piece. He talked about playing his entire career for one team like Dirk and how that makes you a legend in that city. Lillard is not wrong. Dallas named a street after Nowitzki. Dame is hoping to match that feat in Portland.

Bill Simmons praises Dirk

Bill Simmons is doing the Book of Basketball 2.0 for The Ringer. He and Marc Stein did an episode of Dirk Nowitzki. Simmons noted Nowitzki is a top 20 player of all-time in the piece.

It was a fantastic week for the Dallas Mavericks GOAT. He was being honored or praised left and right. It was still not enough. Fans are hoping to see Dirk at a game soon. The Mavs are undefeated with two blowout wins when number 41 is in attendance.

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Hopefully, Nowitzki is enjoying his retirement. Supporters are excited to see how he is honored next. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on Dirk plus analysis on the Dallas Mavericks that is unrivaled.