Dirk makes it official at 10:27 p.m. “As you guys might expect, this is my last home game.”— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) April 10, 2019
Dirk Nowitzki says he is indeed retiring. Twenty-one seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. Future Hall of Famer. What a career.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 10, 2019
Dirk made a season-high 30 points in his final NBA game. Dallas beat the Phoenix Suns 120-109.
Back in February of this year, Dirk was asked if he would be playing next season. "I think I'm going to make that decision later on, but I think the future's bright," Nowitzki said. "I think Luka and KP, if they stay healthy, stay together, they should be a great combo. They should play great off each other [...] They should jell well, but we have to see how it goes next year." He continued: "I'd love to be there for the young guys one more year, but I think it depends on how the body feels [...] I've had some issues, obviously, this year. I had some knee swelling here the last few weeks, actually before the All-Star break, so it's not all great. But like I said, I am feeling better. I am feeling a little stronger"
Since 2016, the NBA has said goodbye to a lot of legends. End of an era. 😢 pic.twitter.com/d2C6rcp5tc— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) April 10, 2019
Dirk's announcement came on the same night of Dwyane Wade's last game.