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Dirk Nowitzki – Europe’s Crown Jewel Retires from NBA

   Dirk Nowitzki – Europe’s Crown Jewel Retires from NBA

April 11, 2019

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At the rip old age of 16 in 1994, center/power forward Dirk Nowitzki took his place on a basketball court alongside the best up-and-coming professional basketball players in Germany, playing with DJK Wurzburg in Germany's 2nd-tier level league, the Second Bundesliga. Who could have ever imagined that 25 years later, the gawky 7-footer would be retiring from the US’ NBA as one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history?

Following what many insiders assumed would be his last home game with the Dallas Mavericks, Nowitzki left the basketball court, walked up to microphone and told a large group of teary-eyed fans that Wednesday night’s (April 10, 2019) road game against the San Antonio Spurs would be his last in any NBA uniform. For 21 years, the NBA superstar has been solid as steel. There was nary a gambler who wouldn’t proudly claim a wagering bonus at kodibonus and use those funds to bet with confidence of the Mavs.

With a record of 33-48 and the one game to go, the fans still filled the stands in anticipation of one of the worst kept secrets in NBA history. Indeed, Nowitzki was going to make his announcement. There was still a game to be played and Dirk promptly went out and scored 30 points in a 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Following the game, no one was in a hurry to leave the court. NBA great Larry Bird and a few other prominent NBA players from the past took the microphone to say a few words about the man of the hour. By the time Nowitzki took his turn, emotions were running high. He made his announcement of retirement: "Wow. I'm a little overwhelmed, as you would think. As you guys might expect, this is my last home game," he said. Afterwards, he dried his tears and promptly walked off the court to another a well-deserved standing ovation.

The tale of the tape supports firmly Nowitzki’s place in NBA history as one of the greats. He will be retiring as the NBA’s 6th All-Time scorer with something a little over 31,540 points. He is a 14-time NBA All-Star, NBA Champion (2011), NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2007, and perhaps the pride of his trophy case, NBA Teammate of the Year (2017). He is not only Europe’s crown jewel, but he is Europe’s crown jewel by an incredible margin.

Few people will ever forget the shooting ability of this confirmed 7-footer. Never in NBA history has a 7-footer ever shown the ability to consistently drop 3-pointers on opponents at will. In fact, he will be closing out his career as a career .383% shooter from beyond the arc. If there was ever a knock against Nowitzki on the basketball court, it was his seeming lack of physical play in the paint. A closer look indicates his averaged 7.7 RPG while playing most of the time on the outside on offense. That’s physical enough.

The beloved Nowitzki will be missed. However, there’s a new Euro light shining on the horizon in Dallas. Stay tuned for the career of Luka Dončić.

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