Mavs owner Mark Cuban reveals Dirk Nowitzki inquired about his jersey retirement, statue
Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki seems excited about what the Mavs will do to honor him in the near future.
In an interview with Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News, Mavs owner Mark Cuban revealed he recently met Nowitzki just to talk and catch up. However, Cuban said that most of their talk centered around Nowitzki’s jersey retirement and what they would do about his planned statue.
“Everything,” Cuban recently said when asked about what he talked about with Dirk. “But most of it was [Nowitzki asking] ‘What do you want to do about retiring my jersey’ and ‘What do you want to do about the statue?’ That’s what he cared about.”
Nowitzki spent his entire NBA playing career with the Mavs, delivering the Western Conference franchise to its lone NBA title in 2011. Considering his achievements and loyalty to the team, the German forward certainly deserves to have some say about Dallas’ plan for him — especially about his statue.
“He had seen some that he didn’t like, and he told me about those,” Cuban added, regarding the planned statue in Nowitzki’s honor. “I wanted to see the stuff he didn’t like. It’s going to take time. I’ve got to get him some different artists, and I’ve gone and looked at some.”
Nowitzki is no doubt the most beloved player in the history of the Mavs franchise. While a statue and jersey retirement come as absolutely no surprise, it is quite funny that Nowitzki is so concerned with such plans so early into his post-playing career.