Dallas approves renaming of street outside American Airlines Center to Nowitzki Way
It’s official. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki has a street named after him.
The city government of Dallas approved the renaming of Olive Street to Nowitzki way, ESPN’s Tim McMahon reports.
The city of Dallas has approved the renaming of a street to Nowitzki Way. It was Olive Street, which runs by the American Airlines Center. “I’m excited for Dirk,” Mark Cuban said.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 6, 2019
Dallas City Council members Adam Medrano, Omar Narvaez and mayoral candidate Scott Griggs sent a memo back in April to the city manager’s office asking for the name change. Initial reports stated that this move will not be made official until around September of this year, but now that it has been approved, the name change could take place earlier than expected.
Now, fans will literally remember how great Nowitzki is every time they will head to the American Airlines Center.
Nowitzki played his entire 21-year career with the Mavericks, leading the team to 16 appearances in the playoffs and twice in the NBA Finals. He earned the Most Valuable Player award back in 2007 and helped the franchise win its first-ever championship back in 2011.
Last season, Dirk was still contemplating his options on whether or not to retire, especially when the Mavs acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks. He made it known that he wants to play one more season in order to share the court with Porzingis and rookie sensation Luka Doncic. However, since he was already given tributes by all the NBA teams, he finally announced his retirement.
And he definitely went out with a bang, finishing his career by passing Wilt Chamberlain for the sixth spot in the all-time scoring list.
His loyalty to the city and the franchise has been greatly appreciated, and naming a street after him is one of Dallas’ ways to thank him for everything that he’s done and accomplished in two decades of playing in the NBA.