Mavericks planning ‘special night’ for Dirk Nowitzki at last home game
It remains unclear whether or not the Dallas Mavericks’ last home game of the season next Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns will mark the final outing of Dirk Nowitzki’s outstanding NBA career at American Airlines Center. That does not mean the Mavericks are about to let it pass without some pomp and circumstance just in case.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Mavericks are planning a party of sorts for Nowitzki, who after Tuesday’s tilt will only have one game remaining in his 21st NBA season, a road matchup Wednesday with the San Antonio Spurs.
“Although the likely future Hall of Famer has yet to make a definitive announcement about whether he intends to retire, or play on for a 22nd consecutive season,” Stein writes, “Mavericks officials are preparing a massive party for their final home game of the season next Tuesday against Phoenix—just in case it proves to be his farewell.”
Nowitzki, despite being on a farewell tour of sorts all season at every NBA arena he visits, has been adamant in insisting no decision has been made about if he’ll return for a 22nd season, or at the very least he is not divulging any details about his plans.
As recently as All-Star Weekend, during which Nowitzki was honored with an invite to participate in the 3-point contest, the Mavs legend insisted he was not prepared to officially call it quits.
“It’s been humbling, even though I haven’t said this will be it,” Nowitzki said in February, per The Dallas Morning News’ Brad Townsend. “… I’m going to wait and see the last couple of weeks, how my body feels and if I continue to see improvement and I’m still having fun, we’ll see.”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made it clear that it regardless what Nowitzki ultimately decides, next Tuesday is going to be a celebration of everything the 40-year-old icon has meant to the organization.
“It’s going to be a special night whether he likes it or wants it or not,” Cuban said.