Mavericks news: Dirk Nowitzki Hall of Fame finalist, Josh Green honored, more

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Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki was named as one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023. The legend is on the ballot for the first time, and he is expected to be voted in as part of the NCAA Final Four weekend in April.

Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, and Gregg Popovich headline the NBA names on the ballot that could join Dirk’s Hall of Fame class. All 12 finalists face a vote from the honors committee where they need 18 of 24 possible votes to be inducted. Nowitzki and Wade are expected to be slam dunk selections for this year’s class.

The induction ceremony will take place in August in Springfield, Massachusetts, and will be a cannot miss event for all MFFLs.

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Josh Green was inducted into the McKale Center Ring of Honor at the University of Arizona on Feb. 16. The 22-year-old played one season there before being drafted in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks. He received the honor for winning an Olympic bronze medal with Australia in 2021.

Mavericks teammates Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber traveled with Green as he received the honor. It was fantastic to see them supporting each other.

Luka Doncic joined NBA commissioner Adam Silver at his annual tech summit to show off his Luk.AI. See the video below.

Doncic had a busy first day in Salt Lake City as he stopped by the Jordan Brand House to give out some shoes and hang out with the children. The 23-year-old superstar also thanked all of his fans that helped him become an All-Star for the fourth straight year.

The Mavericks were featured in Zach Lowe’s 10 Things column this week as he looked at Kyrie Irving's fit and what he brings to the team.

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All-Star weekend has kicked off in Salt Lake City, and fans will witness a show on Saturday night with the annual slam dunk contest, 3-point shootout, and skills challenge. The NBA changed the draft format for Sunday’s All-Star Game with the reserves getting picked before the starters. All of it will happen just one hour before tipoff, and fans won’t want to miss the added drama.

Team Dwyane won the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night with Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf winning MVP. Metcalf had a 20-point double-double with multiple dunks.

Team Pau won two games to take home the win in the Rising Stars competition. They defeated Team Deron Williams in the opening round 40-25 behind 13 points from Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado. Team Pau took down Team Joakim in the finals with Alvarado nailing the game-winning 3-pointer to take home MVP honors.

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving will both start in Sunday’s All-Star Game, and Dallas Mavericks fans will not want to miss it. Stay tuned for all the latest.

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