After a season of speculation, Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has made it official: he is retiring from the NBA.
The future Hall of Famer made the announcement Tuesday night following the Mavericks’ regular-season home finale.
“As you guys might expect, this is my last home game,” an emotional Nowitzki told the Dallas crowd, which greeted him with a long ovation.
“I’m trying my yoga breathing but it’s not really working that well,” Nowitzki joked before continuing.
“This is obviously super, super emotional, there’s just too many people to really thank… I put you guys on a hell of a ride, with a lot of ups and downs, and you guys always stuck with me and supported me so I appreciate it.”