After playing his 19th season with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki has informed the team he will return for his 20th NBA season, according to Mavs.com. He will exercise his player option to opt into the final season of his two-year, $50 million contract.
Nowitzki joins just Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Kevin Willis, and Robert Parrish as the only players in NBA history to play 20 seasons. He and Bryant are the only players to spend two decades with one team.
There is also a chance he returns for his 21st season, a feat only Parrish and Willis have accomplished. – SB Nation
The Dallas Mavericks aren’t going to the playoffs after their 33-49 regular season, but they got some good news today as Dirk Nowitzki announced he’ll be returning next year for his 20th NBA season. Dirk will become only the second player in NBA history to play 20 seasons for the same team (Kobe Bryant) and if this season is any indication, Dirk can still perform. While his 14.2 points per game were the second lowest of his career, it was still good for second on the team. He also shot barely under 44% from the field and led the team in rebounds with 6.5 per game. Dirk is still an above average contributor, so hopefully the Mavs can make some offseason moves and make his 20th season count.
Yooo. That rim was 12 feet high… https://t.co/fr2SBPXvTl
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 6, 2016
Dirk has never been known as the fastest guy, or the highest jumper. But what he does do well is score the basketball, which is why he’s 6th on the all time scoring list. It is nice to see when things don’t go his way, such as getting rejected by the rim at 7 feet tall, that he has a sense of humor about it. I hope he plays forever.
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) October 25, 2015
I’m a little biased here, but Dirk Nowitzski just won Halloween and it’s not even Halloween yet. Not only does Dirk have the perfect look for a Lurch costume (lanky 7 footer) but he pulls off the makeup and dead eyed stare perfectly. The Mavericks might not win another title while he’s still playing, but that doesn’t mean Dirk is going to go less than 100% for a team Halloween party. Not now, not ever.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 12, 2014
Dirk Nowitzki has scored more points than any other player born outside the United States. That is a beautiful thing. My opinion is supremely biased when it comes to Dirk, because he’s my favorite player, but he’s now 9th on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring List and he’ll be in 7th by the end of this season. He passed Hakeem Olajuwon last night, and will pass Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone by the end of the season. When you start steam rolling past hall of famers, it’s impressive no matter who you root for. Dirk is averaging 21 points a game this year, and with the additions of Monta Ellis last year and Chandler Parsons this year, his scoring load has been lightened and he’s getting a ton more open shots. If he stays healthy and the Mavs stay competitive, there’s no reason why he won’t pass Shaq (he needs 1600 points or so) and finish his career 6th on the All-Time Scoring List. Not bad for a lanky guy with bad ankles who can’t play defense.
My New Favorite Gif Forever – Dirk Nowitzki Catching a Popup & Celebrating Like He Won the NBA Championship
Apparently Dirk and the rest of the professional athletes from Dallas play in a Heroes Celebrity Baseball game every year in Dallas. The fact that I didn’t know this makes me so mad I want to punch myself in the face.
The order is Dez Bryant, Ben Grieve, Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Young, Devin Harris, Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Brian Cardinal, and Monta Ellis. That’s right. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE TONY ROMO IS COACHING MONTA ELLIS AND HAS HIM SLATED TO PITCH IN THE SEVENTH INNING AND WE WERE JUST CARRYING ON WITH OUR LIVES WITHOUT KNOWING. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY.
So, that’s the game in a nutshell. The city of Dallas just tosses its best athletes on a baseball diamond and shouts “Play ball.” It’s amazing.
The only bad thing about this whole thing Tony Romo is their coach. You never want a human mush apart of your celebrity baseball team, but I have to imagine Dirk’s childish joy overpowered any of Tony Romo’s bad juju. Swoosh41 for life.