Dirk Nowitzki reportedly invited to take part in 3-point contest at All-Star Game
Dirk Nowitzki could very well be playing in his final season, so the NBA reportedly has decided to invite the Dallas Mavericks icon to participate in All-Star Weekend for possibly the last time.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein reports that the league has invited Nowitzki to participate in the 3-point contest during 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Charlotte.
Dirk Nowitzki has been invited to participate in the 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, league sources say.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 23, 2019
Should Nowitzki, now in his 21st season, accept the NBA’s offer, it would mark the sixth time he has participated in the sharpshooting contest. He won the event all the way back in 2006.
It will be Nowitzki's sixth career entry into the Long Distance Shootout … in his 21st (and possibly last) season. The lifelong Dallas Maverick won the 3-point crown in 2006.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 23, 2019
The 40-year-old Nowitzki has appeared in only 16 games for the Mavericks this season, and is shooting only 26.1 percent from beyond the arc, well below his 38.2 percent career mark.
That said, the NBA’s reported offer is more about celebrating the eventual Hall of Famer’s remarkable career than it is paying tribute to what Nowitzki has accomplished this season.
Controversy occasionally arises over which players are selected to participate in the secondary events at All-Star Weekend. There is presumably not one NBA player or fan who could find fault in Nowitzki taking part in the festivities for potentially the very last time before he hangs up his sneakers for good.