NBA video: Heat's Dwyane Wade, Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki get standing ovation
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Video: Heat’s Dwyane Wade, Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki get standing ovation

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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki are living legends – they know this, but the crowd reminded them on Wednesday night when the Mavs hosted the Heat.

While Wade has already publicly announced his plans of retirement following this season, Dirk has yet to say anything official in regards to his basketball future.

No matter what, nobody is going to hold any feelings of betrayal when Wade and Dirk finally hang it up.

Wade, 37, has averaged 22.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists over the course of his 15-year career. He has been named to 13 All-Star Games, with three NBA Championships under his belt.

Before Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh won back-to-back titles with the Miami Heat, it was Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks who defeated them in 2011.

Nowitzki, 40, has averaged 20.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, on .472/.382/.879 shooting splits over his 21 NBA seasons. He will coach Team World in Friday’s Rising Stars game, participate in Saturday night’s 3-Point Contest, and will appear in what’s likely his final All-Star Game on Sunday — joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second 40-year-old in league history to play in the game.

The two future Hall of Famers Wade and Nowitzki will presumably receive another kind reception when they enter their final NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

Dirk will play for Team Giannis in the ‘pickup’ style matchup, while D-Wade will join forces with one of his best friends and former teammates on Team LeBron.