The Dallas Mavericks are no longer giving the famous Dirk Nowitzki jersey with the number 41 and will remain hanging under the ceiling of the American Airlines Center at the beginning of January.
As the club announced on Twitter, the ceremony will take place as part of the game on January 5 against the current best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors around superstar Stephen Curry. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to attend.
Dallas Mavericks honor Dirk Nowitzki with a special jersey spot
Nowitzki is the only player in league history to have played 21 seasons for only one team. The Würzburg man set countless franchise records: among other things, he played the most matches and scored the most points, rebounds, three-sets, throws and free blocks.
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In 2011, Nowitzki also led the Mavericks to their only NBA title and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Final Series against the Miami Heat.
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The star scored 14 times 31,560 points, which is the sixth most in the history of the league. The 43-year-old ended his career in 2019. Nowitzki’s shirt number will be the fourth in Mavericks history to be suspended. Before him, this honor was given to Brad Davis (15), Rolando Blackman (22) and Derek Harper (12). (kk/dpa)
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