The Dallas Mavericks were a franchise searching for an identity before drafting Dirk Nowitzki in 1998. They made the playoffs six times in seven seasons in the late 1980s but had not been back since 1990. Dallas only won more than 30 games just once in nine years, but Nowitzki changed all of that.
He had a rough rookie season in the NBA before producing two decades of absolute greatness. The Tall Baller from the G became one of the all-time great scorers, and he revolutionized the game. Fans can see the game’s best hitting Dirk’s signature shot on a nightly basis. He lifted the Mavs to the playoffs 15 times and led them to a championship in 2011.
Nowitzki is in line for a massive honor this season, and Mavs fans are not going to want to miss it. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki to have his jersey retired on Jan. 5
The Mavs host the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 5, but it will not just be a matchup of two of the league’s best teams because the organization will hold Nowitzki’s jersey retirement that night, according to Marc Stein. Dirk’s 41 will be just the fourth number retired by the franchise as he joins Derek Harper (12), Brad Davis (15), and Rolando Blackman (22).
Fans will not want to miss the Jan. 5 contest. Everyone remembers how special his final home game was back in 2019, but his jersey retirement will take that to another level. There will be tributes and plenty of emotions as the Mavericks celebrate their GOAT.
Tickets will be difficult to come by, but this will be a game that supporters will not want to miss. It is going to be a night to remember and another opportunity to celebrate Dirk Nowitzki. Be sure to check it out.