Nowitzki opted until Dallas’ very last game to announce he would be retiring and put on quite the show, finishing with 30 points to roll back the clock with the fans cheering his name throughout the night.
The 40-year-old came into the league as a lanky, seven-footer but immediately endeared himself to the Mavericks franchise and NBA fanbase through not only his talent, but his grounded attitude.
He has been a cornerstone for the franchise with the biggest highlight being the 2011 NBA title, but leaves Dallas with an exciting future ahead of them.
Luka Doncic has already proven to be an All-Star talent in his rookie season while there is hope Kristaps Porzingis can rediscover his form next season when he returns from injury.
And Nowitzki is excited to see how the young duo develop throughout their careers.
“We’ll see, but Kristaps looks great in practice,” he said.
“Both are franchise-type players who have a lot of length and are smart players.
“They should be a great combination for us to watch for a long, long time.
“Luka plays a great floor game. I say it all the time, for a 19/20-year-old, the way he reads the game and makes decisions with the ball in tough situations.
“He’s incredible. He’s a great playmaker for us.”
Looking back on his long career in the NBA, Nowitzki reflected on how much the game has changed since he first entered the league.
“I think I came in to the league at the right time, when the game was changing a little bit,” he added.
“The game was changing, the league wanted a little more scoring, they wanted a little more movement.
“In the 90s there was a lot of weight-lifting in the fours and fives and there was a lot of fouling going on. I think the league wanted a change and I came in at the right time.
“They put in the back-down rule. They put in the zone. They just basically forced the teams to do a little more movement, more pick-and-roll. All the guys now can shoot and spread the floor. It was just perfect for me, for my skill-set.
“It was perfect for me to play obviously under Nellie [Don Nelson] my first couple of years. He was probably the only guy at the time that wanted a seven-footer dribbling up the ball and shooting, so I’m really thankful that I came here to this situation, to this city.
“For me, it couldn’t have worked any better as a spot, the coach and obviously the players that were here, Steve (Nash) and Mike (Finley) who supported me. It just worked out well.
“Now basically anybody can shoot. Everybody coming in now, fours and fives, bring the ball up and shoot. It’s been fun to watch.”
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