Nowitzki announces retirement after 21 seasons with Mavericks

Nowitzki announces retirement after 21 seasons with Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 120-109. On Tuesday, it was a day to celebrate the 7-foot German and his many nicknames as fans waved goodbye to a Dallas legend during his final home game. "I know for Dirk it won't be easy, either".

Former President George W. Bush congratulated him on a great career and then jokingly added that if he gets bored with retirement he can join him in painting.

The Dallas Mavericks legend is likely to retire after this season, which concludes in San Antonio Wednesday night.

The Mavericks legend was a key part of their 2011 National Basketball Association championship-winning team, and bowed out as a 14-time All-Star. Some wishfully changed "one more year".

Popovich spoke about those heated playoff series and said despite the wins and losses, Nowitzki won with class and it was an honor to watch him play.

"I feel like everybody's focus went up a little bit because we understand what's right around the corner".

Nowitzki, 40, announced after the game that he would retire following the Mavericks' season finale Wednesday at San Antonio.

Through 90 games played against each other, Tim Duncan claimed 53 total victories over Dirk with 35 in the regular season and 18 in the postseason. "So, we have to think about ourselves, we have to improve and be consistent tonight and play defense".

Perhaps just as significantly, Nowitzki's playing style, as a seven-footer whose long-range shooting skills forced defenders far away from the basket, presaged the direction in which the league would head.

"It will never be the same around here", said Rick Carlisle, who coached Nowitzki for his final 11 seasons.

He finished with eight rebounds, three assists and a block in a season-high 32 minutes.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Crawford also became the first player to post 50-point games for four different franchises.

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