Texas governor, lawmakers honor retired Mav Dirk Nowitzki
ABS-CBN Sports on May 15, 2019 06:40 AM
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 12: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks runs out before the game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 12, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Sean Berry/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been honored by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers for his outstanding 21-year career with the same NBA team.
Nowitzki was in Austin on Tuesday to visit Abbott, who introduced the German-born athlete as the greatest player in the history of the Mavs and one of the greatest in the league.
The great Dirk Nowitzki joined us today. The greatest Dallas Maverick & one of the best NBA players of all time. We’re glad he remains a Texan. ?@swish41? ?@NBA? ?@dallasmavs? pic.twitter.com/vHRjcxjefX— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 14, 2019
The 40-year-old Nowitzki, who retired in April, also appeared in the Texas House and the Senate where he was congratulated by legislators and posed for photos.
Nowitzki, a 14-time All-Star, led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.