"As you guys might expect, this is my last home game". "That's obviously my hometown, but it doesn't really matter", White said. He played in his final home game of his 21-year career.
Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Shawn Kemp, and Detlef Schrempf - all players who inspired Nowitzki - attended the on-court ceremony. Cuban's entire tenure as the team's owner featured Nowitzki as a pivotal part, and to finally part ways after such a long and meaningful ride together will definitely bring a tear to anyone's eye.
Nowitzki, 40, announced after the game that he would retire following the Mavericks' season finale Wednesday at San Antonio.
That shot had a practical objective as well, pushing the Dallas lead back to 12 after the Mavericks let a 30-point halftime cushion dwindle to four in the fourth quarter. He left after San Antonio's pre-game tribute, one that caused him to break down, one he thought he could handle before the video just kept going, and he cried again. I mean, this is a high bar that you set.
Popovich added Nowitzki was a "fierce competitor that never wavered at any time in his career".
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Nowitzki, who was chosen with the 9th pick in the 1998 National Basketball Association draft, would go on to lead the Mavericks to 15 playoff appearances.
The only 7-footer to win the All-Star 3-point shooting contest was the first player of his size to be a legitimate threat behind the arc.
"I can't say enough about what the Spurs did for Dirk [Wednesday night]", Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.
"Everybody got to witness history, and watch him play his last game", he said. He has played for a total of eight teams across his career and has been named Sixth Man of the Year three times and Teammate of the Year once.