UPDATE — Dirk Nowitzki officially announced his retirement after the final home game of the season. Last words by Dirk: “I’ll never be gone. This is my new home with my wife and my kids. I left Germany and became a Texan. I’ll see you soon.”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during the post game ceremony on the court, Dirk would have “a job for life” with the Mavericks organization and one day, a huge statue as well.
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) EARLIER – It’s a night to celebrate on of the greatest athletes and people in Dallas-Fort Worth area sports history.
It’s the final home game for the 2018-19 season for the Dallas Mavericks and many fans, players and higher ups with the Mavericks believe it could be Dirk Nowitzki’s final home game ever.
After 21 seasons, all with Dallas, it’s anticipated Nowitzki will retire, although he hasn’t said if he’ll do that or come back for a 22nd season.
There’s a lot of energy around the American Airlines Center, an arena that wasn’t even built when Dirk started his career as a Dallas Maverick.
The cheapest tickets available for Tuesday night’s game are $86 if you want to sit on the very top row.
The Mavs did not make the playoffs this season, so typically the 81st game of the year wouldn’t mean anything.
On this night, it means a whole lot.
“He’s meant everything to basketball fans in Germany,” said Mavs fan Matt Kern. “He’s taking our national team to the championship game. Him in 2011 (championship season) was so much vindication after what happened in 2006 (lost championship series).
“I it close to the Dallas bench,” said Mavs fan Yan Gdi. “I just really want to see them live see them play. Previously I see them on TV but this is different quite different.”
Tipoff for Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns is at 7:30 p.m.
The Dallas Zoo tweeted well wishes for Dirk, saying, “Wishing #DirkNowitzki luck tonight during his final home game, from one GOAT to another! #DirkForever @dallasmavs @swish41