“Dirk Nowitzki,” Rivers shouted as he took the mic, clearing up the mystery and urging fans to stand. “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go. One of greatest of all time, Dirk Nowitzki.” Rivers, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, players and fans gave Nowitzki extended applause.
Nowitzki admitted that he had no clue what was going on at first. “I didn’t really understand much,” Nowitzki said. “It was really, really humbling. It was an emotional moment, and I’m really appreciative.”
With his 1,500th game, Nowitzki, 41, moved into fourth place on the all-time list, trailing Robert Parish (1,611), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) and John Stockton (1,504). He finished Monday’s game with 12 points and five rebounds.
Nowitzki hasn’t officially said that he will retire after the season but joked, “They’re making the decision for me, I guess.”
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