The Dallas Mavericks memorialized future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki outside of American Airlines Center on Christmas Day, unveiling his statue showcasing his signature fadeaway jumper.
Nowitzki was all smiles in Victory Plaza as he looked at the statue, and the fans in attendance matched that energy as they knew this was coming for the franchise’s best player.
Fox 4 reports the statue has a 21-word phrase on it, which represents Nowitzki’s 21 NBA years with Dallas. Some of the words read, “Loyalty never fades away.”
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As you’d expect, it was an emotional moment for Nowitzki, especially when he was watching a video of the sculptor explaining how that statue will be on Nowitzki Way for 500 years to come.
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The Mavs also retired Nowitzki’s No. 41 last year, where they unveiled a prototype of the statue.
A 14-time All-Star, league MVP, 2010-11 Finals MVP where Dallas won their only title to date, and a 12-time All-NBA selection, Nowitzki is one of the front-runners to be elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
He’s a Class of 2023 nominee.
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Nowitzki finished sixth all-time in points scored with 31,650 over his career. And that fadeaway shot in the post was a contributing factor to many of them.
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He is the all-time leader in multiple franchise records for the Mavs, including points and games played.