The Dallas Mavericks acquired Dirk Nowitzki in a 1998 draft-night trade. The 20-year-old from Germany was the ninth overall pick and few expected the two decades of greatness that was to come. Nowitzki became one of the best scorers in NBA history, led the Mavs to the 2011 championship, and remains a legend on and off the court.
Dirk returned to the Mavericks organization this summer as a special advisor to owner Mark Cuban. He had a hand in picking new head coach Jason Kidd and general manager Nico Harrison. Nowitzki also joined the team’s leadership on a trip to Slovenia to present Luka Doncic with his historic contract extension. Dirk being back with the Mavs is a massive win for the organization.
The NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, and they made a special short film to honor the occasion called NBA Lane. The production featured several legends, including Nowitzki. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki appears in NBA Lane
Dirk got to learn a fresh move from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the short film. Fans can check it out here.
Luka Doncic’s face was also in the video in the background at the park. It was fantastic to see the NBA put together so many of the all-time greats in one short.
The NBA also released some behind-the-scenes footage that features Dirk and Kareem chatting and hanging out, which supporters can check out below.
It was awesome to see the league honoring Dirk Nowitzki and pairing him with Kareem. The duo is also on the cover of NBA 2K22 75th anniversary edition.
It could be a massive year for Dirk as the team is hoping to have his jersey retirement and statue unveiling at some point this season. It will be a can-not-miss night for all Dallas Mavericks fans, so stay tuned for that.