Dallas to Rename Street After Mavericks Legend Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki’s days as a basketball player may be done, but the Dallas Mavericks legend and future Hall of Famer will never be far from the only NBA franchise he’s ever known.
According to ESPN’s Tim McMahon, the city of Dallas has approved the renaming of Olive Street, which runs near the Mavs’ home court at the American Airlines Center, to Nowitzki Way.
It’s a fitting tribute for Dirk, who retired at the end of this season with NBA records for most seasons spent (21) and most games played (1,522) for one team. The 14-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA performer and 2007 league MVP from Wurzburg, Germany, led Dallas to its first championship in 2011, when he was named Finals MVP following a six-game victory over the Miami Heat.
Dirk left the NBA as the all-time leading scorer among foreign-born players. The 40-year-old helped guide Germany to a bronze medal at the 2002 FIBA World Cup and a silver medal at EuroBasket in 2005.
Off the court, he leads the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which battles poverty in Africa and helps children through programs pertaining to health, well-being and education. In his spare time, he has been known to play the saxophone.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.