Following the matchup, Nowitzki informed the American Airlines Center crowd that it would be his final home game. Dallas hosts Phoenix on Tuesday night. Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011, has 31,540 points with one game left.
Nowitzki will retire after the Mavericks' game in San Antonio on Wednesday, while Wade will finish his playing career in Brooklyn on the same night.
That's a tremendous way to pay your respects to a man that your team has been going up against for the past 21 seasons.
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He will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game and one of the most entertaining players to ever watch.
The 40-year-old was a first-round draft pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft.
Telling Nowitzki on the arena floor that he couldn't adequately describe how he felt about "what you've meant for this organization", Cuban said, "I promise you that everything you taught us will continue on". He didn't use the word retirement, but when he got the mic, he told the fans, "this is my last home game". Nowitzki was experiencing flare-ups in his feet and ankles late this season.
And as Dirk loaded up for his last shot, you can see Gregg Popovich in the background waving the help defender away, then clapping happily as that attractive rainbow drops through the hoop one more time. "I think a lot of people will understand the history and his impact on the game", White said. He was one of the first big men to make his living as a jump-shooter, an oddity when he was drafted that is now a requirement for almost any forward in the National Basketball Association.