It is still a blur at this point if Dirk Nowitzki will no longer have his 22ndseason in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The German behemoth in the major basketball league has not made it official yet if he is retiring on a particular date this year.
Nowitzki even stated in jest that “They’re making the decision for me,” when queried if he will call it quits after the season.
The 40-year-old Dallas Mavericks power forward has been with the NBA since 1998.
He has been recognized as a subtle basketball player, always playing with dignity and garnering his deserved approbation from his colleagues.
Basketball enthusiasts can confirm the toned down nature of Nowitzki as compared to the other monumental names in the NBA like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Yet, in spite of his being understated, the upcoming basketball Hall of Famer, in fact, boasts a stellar resumé.
Nowitzki was the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2007. Moreover, he was an NBA Finals MVP and champion in 2011.
According to ESPN, another highlight for the seven-footer is ranking as the seventh leading basketball scorer in the history of the NBA, tallying 31,340 points to date.
In his 21 years of playing for the NBA, Nowitzki just played for the Dallas Mavericks. Kyle Kuzmaconfirmed the low-key character of the beloved basketball star of the Texas team.
The Los Angeles Lakers forward recalled that Nowitzki played in the 2006 NBA Finals when he defeated the Miami Heat and NBA powerhouses like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James.
Kuzma also cited that Nowitzki was able to overpower the San Antonio Spurs. Nevertheless, he said that the retirement-bound NBA superstar does not get to be the talk of the town at all.
On Monday, Nowitzki played against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on what was possibly his last match.
It was the 1,500thgame of his basketball career and this statistic makes him just the fourth player in the history of the NBA to attain that milestone.
With nine seconds remaining in the match won by the Clippers, 121-112, the head coach of the Clippers, Doc Rivers, suddenly interrupted the game to pay a poignant tribute to Nowitzki.
Rivers egged the crowd on to cheer for Nowitzki who recorded 12 points and five rebounds in the game.
Nowitzki was initially bewildered with the unexpected gesture of the Clippers coach.
Nonetheless, it gradually sunk in upon him and he responded with a humble thumb-up sign and eventually embraced Rivers.