Nowitzki announces retirement after 21 seasons with Mavericks

Posted April 11, 2019

The big story coming out of Dallas last night was Mavericks lifer Dirk Nowitzki officially announcing his retirement after an incredible 21 seasons.

Although Phoenix couldn't take home the victory, falling 120-109 to Dallas, Crawford did just about everything to keep his team in the game.

"As you guys might expect, this is my last home game", an emotional Nowitzki told the crowd at Dallas' American Airlines Center.

The 14-time All-Star gave the home folks the thrill of passing Wilt Chamberlain to regain sixth on the career scoring list last month.

Phoenix trailed by 30 at halftime (68-38) but got within four in the fourth quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers from Luka Doncic and Justin Jackson pushed the lead back to 10.

Although Nowitzki's retirement had been largely expected, the 2007 NBA Most Valuable Player had not actually announced that this would be his final season unlike Dwyane Wade.

Dirk Nowitzki, one of the greatest global players to ever step on an National Basketball Association hardwood floor, announced Tuesday night he would be retiring at the end of the season. His final basket for his signature one-legged fadeaway from just above the free throw line in the final two minutes.

He broke Kobe Bryant's record of 20 seasons with the Lakers.

A sellout crowd followed owner Mark Cuban's order of filling the arena early, and cheered from the first possible moment for the player who guided the Mavericks to their only championship eight years ago.

Nowitzki could thus have had some reason to feel like he still has something left, and teammate Kristaps Porzingis, who was traded from the Knicks in February but has been out the entire season while recovering from knee surgery, reportedly lobbied for his childhood idol to return nest season so they could play together.

He also made more than $250 million. I can always push myself to work out and work hard.