The Dallas Mavericks have done their best to honor Dirk Nowitzki and his legacy since he retired in 2019. From the tributes during his final home game to naming a street after him to retiring his jersey, the Mavs have made sure that nobody will ever forget Dirk and his impact on the franchise and the game of basketball.
There was one final piece that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban promised him during that final home game. A statue outside the American Airlines Center to honor Nowitzki’s greatness. After two years and a ton of hard work from lead sculptor Omri Amrany and his team, it was finally ready to show to the world.
What better day than Christmas to unveil Dirk’s statue and to honor the Mavericks' GOAT? It was just the Mavs second Dec. 25 home game in franchise history, and Christmas is arguably the biggest day in the NBA's regular season calendar. Fans looking to relive the ceremony and all the best moments from Sunday’s event came to the right place.
Relive Dirk Nowitzki statue unveiling and all the best moments from the ceremony
Dirk got an assist from his son Max in unveiling the massive statue that fans can see outside the American Airlines Center the next time they visit. See the climactic moment below.
The statue is of Nowitzki’s iconic one-legged fadeaway, and he had a special inscription written on the base. “Loyalty never fades away” will forever be the iconic message that lives under Dirk’s shot. The statue is truly a masterpiece and a fantastic way to honor one of the best to ever do it.
Nowitzki thanked Holger, his family, and all the people associated with the Mavericks after the statue was unveiled, and he had one final message for fans after the ceremony wrapped up.
Dirk even shared a thank you on Twitter during what was an emotional day for the legend. The Mavericks capped it with a dominant win over the Lakers in what should have been a Merry Christmas for all MFFLs who celebrate.
Fans can watch the entire ceremony below, including Dirk, Jason Kidd, and Mavs owner Mark Cuban talking about Nowitzki and the iconic statue.
The biggest honor is still on the horizon as Dirk Nowitzki leads the candidates for the Hall of Fame class of 2023. He will be elected and enshrined on Aug. 12 in Springfield, Massachusetts. That will be another cannot miss event and the next chance to honor Nowitzki and his legacy, so do not miss it.