Dirk Nowitzki Officially Announces Retirement After Last Mavericks Home Game

In his final home game, he scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds. But all season long, Dirk Nowitzki wouldn't confirm it.

Struggling to contain his emotions, Nowitzki drew laughter in telling the crowd, "I'm trying my yoga breathing, but it's not really working that well". But Nowitzki appears to be on his way to ending an illustrious career in style.

In what's been the worst kept secret in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki is retiring. "Tonight for me, of course, was the big night". He's the nicest man ever.

The 14-time All-Star got the farewell treatment on the road anyway, with opposing fans chanting "We want Dirk" and giving him standing ovations, and LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers stopping a game, grabbing a public address microphone and honoring Nowitzki. Barkley added, "It's been an honor and a privilege to watch you - enjoy the rest of your life".

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Re-live Dirk's final home game with the Mavs through the best sights and sounds from the night... The team stamped that "41.21.1" on fan clappers for those in attendance at the arena, as well as on shirts and commemorative tickets. "I just think he's so competitive and he loves the game so much that he's going to come back".

Nowitzki has set an National Basketball Association record with his 21st season with the Mavs, having been tied at 20 seasons with the same club with former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant. "I think we've made a big deal about this being his previous year, and I think he's coming back". However, his play had improved over the past month, with his scoring average increasing from 5.4 before March 8 to 9.1 since then, while his three-point percentage rose from.281 to.359.

"This is my new home", Nowitzki said. "The first thing people say is 'What's this guy like, what's this guy like?' Cause all of these guys are great players".

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