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Mavs icon Dirk Nowitzki to have a street in Dallas named after him

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Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki is set to be honored by the city of Dallas in one of the most unique ways.

Nowitzki has played his entire 21-year NBA career with the hometown team, leading the Mavs to its lone championship back in 2011. His loyalty to the franchise and its fans has been well-documented, even taking pay cuts during contract extensions to help them build a more competitive team.

The seven-foot German just retired after the 2018-19 regular season, and one of the things that the Mavs and its fans did to show Nowitzki appreciation is to name one of the city’s streets after him.

As first reported by DMagazine, 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. The idea of renaming a street after Dirk was Medrano’s.

Medrano, a big basketball fan, said he got the idea about a year ago while on a trip to Phoenix. A street outside that city’s downtown basketball arena honors the WNBA’s all-time scoring leader — and one of his favorite basketball players — Diana Taurasi.

Medrano said the location outside American Airlines Center “would be perfect” to name after Nowitzki. The street runs by the likely site for a statue that Mavs owner Mark Cuban has promised to erect for the 14-time All-Star and 2011 NBA finals MVP.

Nowitzki and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given their blessing to Medrano to proceed with the name change, and the council member hopes that it will be made official by September.