The Best European Player Ever! That’s right, the best. Dirk Nowitzki has played his final home game as a Dallas Mavericks with 30 points, 3 assists, and 8 rebounds. Everybody is focused on Dwayne Wade, but we are forgetting about the other basketball legend whom retires this season also. The Big German has had an amazing NBA career with 21 seasons in just one team. Let’s reflect on a historical season.
The 14x All Star got his first selection, at age 23, averaging 23 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. Just got to his 14th selection his last season this year and he, as always, did not disappoint. Before this season, Dirk got the Mavs to the Finals against the Miami Heat in 2006. In those playoffs the Mavericks faced crucial opponents like the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns, but they were no match for the Germinator.
Although Dirk lost those finals to Miami, they went at it again in the 2011 NBA Finals. This time against one of the best teams ever formed in the history of the league, the Miami “Big Three” Heat. In those finals, Nowitzki averaged, at age 32, 26 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. To be able to defeat a team like this at age 32 just makes you a legend, it doesn’t matter if the rest of your career was awful, you did the impossible. In those playoffs, Dallas swept the Los Angeles Lakers and eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder, tough teams right there. Oh and did I mention he defeated LeBron’s Heat in the Finals?
We can name different moments in Dirk’s career to prove he is one of the all time greats. But none of that will compare to what he did off the court of basketball. This man, with no media around him, spent every Christmas in hospitals in Dallas bringing joy and happiness to the patients. If you haven’t seen his tribute from the Mavs, go and watch it right now! It explains how “Uncle Dirk” affected in a positive way many lives in Dallas, his second home. Dirk, on behalf of your fans and the Recline, we give you permission to cry all you want in these last two games. All the sacrifice you did with your team and all the blood and tears you had in your career deserve every bit of you finally happy and relaxed. All the mentorship you gave to them young bloods in your team deserves respect from all of us. And last, but not least, thank you Dirk for all the great moments in 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, a true example of loyalty and respect is going away from the game of basketball. Thank You Swish!
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