The Dallas Mavericks held a special night back in January when they retired the jersey of Dirk Nowitzki. It was a night to honor the team’s GOAT, and owner Mark Cuban put on a show. He showed off the statue being built for Dirk, and the Tall Baller from the G gave a fantastic address thanking everyone that helped him in his Hall of Fame career.
It was an emotional and unforgettable night for Nowitzki and the Mavericks fans. There were laughs, tears, and a range of emotions that only added to the special event.
Dirk is set to have a second jersey retired next month as the German National Team announced they will retire his number 14 during the opening game of EuroBasket 2022 on Sept. 1. Germany faces France, who will feature Mavericks guard Frank Ntilikina. Here is a look at how Nowitzki made more history with the announcement.
Dirk Nowitzki to get his jersey retired by Germany at EuroBasket
The German basketball federation has never retired a player’s jersey in its 73-year history. Dirk helped his country win a bronze medal at the FIBA World Cup in 2002, and they brought home a silver medal at EuroBasket in 2005. The country’s only other medal in a major tournament came in 1993 when they won EuroBasket with Chris Welp leading the squad.
Nowitzki changed German basketball forever, and he helped pave the way for the influx of European talent the NBA has seen in recent years. Dirk also changed the power forward position by stretching the floor and shooting 3-pointers. He is an all-time great that is more than deserving of this latest honor.
Dirk Nowitzki is serving as an ambassador for EuroBasket 2022, so he will be on hand for multiple games. Dallas Mavericks fans can bet that he will be looking forward to watching Luka Doncic and Slovenia as they try to defend their title. It will be a fun and exciting event that supporters will not want to miss, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.