Mavs set to retire Dirk's jersey on January
The Dallas Mavericks will retire team legend and former MVP Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey in January 2022. They want to honour one of the best stars to ever play for the Mavs to cap off his huge legacy in the team. They are also set to play the Golden State Warriors on the same day.
The Mavs have plans to hang Dirk’s no. 41 jersey to immortalise his legacy in the team. It marks another honour for the future NBA Hall of Famer after being named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team in October, which features a total of top 75 players.
At the age of 43, Dirk is a legendary figure in Dallas. The former star played a total of 21 seasons with the team which encompasses his full career. It is the top record for any player with one team. No one has also topped his number of minutes in a Dallas uniform, which is at 51, 368.
Dirk won the 2007 league MVP award and leads the Mavs in so many categories such as games played (1,522), points (31,560), rebounds (11,489), blocks (1,281) and 3-pointers (1,982). That makes him the best player for the team’s whole history since joining the NBA.
The former start also led the Mavs to their only title in 2011. Dirk won the Finals MVP award as he pushed the team to beat up the top pick Miami Heat in just six games. That is a Heat squad that had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh together back then.
Dirk was named as an All-Star 14 times in his career. He left the game as one of the best international players of all time. He closed out his career in Luka Doncic’s first season and had 20.7 points, 7.5 boards and 2.4 dimes per game in 21 years of action.
Dirk soon joined the Mavs last June as their special advisor. He is also one of the ambassadors for the NBA’s 75th season. Having his jersey up in the rafters is an inspiration for a lot of players who want to make an impact in their games and it is a good note for him.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores