Tears Fall Across Texas as Dirk’s Career Comes to Close
Dirk Nowitzki played his last NBA game in Alamo City in front of San Antonio Spurs fans cheering his name as he exited the court for the final time. 20 years ago, in 1998, Nowitzki left his home in Germany to pursue his dream of playing in the National Basketball Association. 1998 was the year Nowitzki became a Texan.
“Players and fans, coaches and staff, everybody got to witness history,” Greg Popovich said after the game choking back tears. “Watching him play his last game… He played a fine game, which is great and not surprising.”
No, it’s not surprising. Of course, the iconic fadeaway jumper with 14 all-star game appearances and the 2007 MVP award was going to exit the NBA with grace against the Spurs. Though his team did not win, Nowitzki scored 20 points and snagged 10 rebounds and after a career filled with success, he leaves behind 31,540 points scored.
“He deserved the night,” Derrick White stated after the game. “He’s a player who changed the game. He definitely deserved it.”
The Spurs could have ignored the fact that a legend would take his final jumper at the AT&T Center, especially since he wasn’t a Spur, but that’s not the Texas way. Nowitzki is a Texan and so San Antonio played him out with one final tribute video composed of the incredible moments he had against them. The clips included shots against Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, the time he won the MVP in 2007, and even some playoff eliminations.
“You don’t really think about it. You just try to enjoy it, enjoy your teammates and it was fantastic,” said Nowitzki. “It felt almost like a home game.”