Dirk Nowitzki is immortalized with a STATUE of his trademark fadeaway by the Dallas Mavericks ahead of Christmas game vs. LA Lakers… as franchise legend expresses gratitude for ‘super special’ honor
- Dirk Nowitzki was honored by the Mavericks with a statue unveiled on Sunday
- The sculpture shows his signature one-legged fadeaway pose that was so lethal
- Nowitzki is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and led them to their only title
- Dallas beat the Lakers at American Airlines Arena after the work was unveiled
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Before the franchise’s new star Luka Doncic poured in 32 points in a Christmas win over the Lakers, the Mavericks honored team legend Dirk Nowitzki as they unveiled a statue of him.
Located outside the team’s home at American Airlines Arena, the sculpture of Nowitzki stands 24 feet tall and depicts his trademark one-legged fadeaway.
With a host of fans in attendance to watch the unveiling – not to mention Doncic and Mavs coach (and former Nowitzki teammate) Jason Kidd – the legendary big man and his son Max pulled the lever to reveal the impressive tribute.
Dirk Nowitzki’s trademark fadeaway was depicted by the statue outside Dallas’ home arena
Nowitzki and his son Max pulled the lever to unveil the statue before the Mavs beat the Lakers
Nowitzki is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, and is sixth all-time in the NBA
‘It was super special, super emotional,’ he said in a video posted to the Mavs Twitter account.
‘And this thing right here will be there forever.’
The all-time leading scorer in franchise history with 31,560 career points, Nowitzki led the team to their only championship in 2011 over a stacked Miami Heat team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
In all of his playing years before and after that title, Nowitzki was in Dallas, spending all 21 of his NBA seasons with the team who drafted him as a lanky 20-year-old out of Germany.
The writing at the base of the statue signifies that: “Loyalty never fades away.”
‘It’s 21 letters for my 21 years here,’ Nowitzki said.
Nowitzki sits with Mavs owner Mark Cuban during the statue unveiling on Sunday afternoon
Fans flocked to American Airlines Arena to celebrate Nowitzki being honored by the team
Doncic and the Mavs beat the Lakers 124-115 after an explosive third quarter where they outscored their visitors’ 51-21.
The 23-year-old nearly had a triple-double in the contest as he had nine rebounds and assists apiece.
Nowitzki, sixth in the league’s all-time scoring charts, is expected to be an easy Hall of Fame choice when he’s eligible next year.
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