Video: Dirk Nowitzki's Statue Unveiled By Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 6, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 3: NBA Legend, Dirk Nowitzki, and Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban smile during half-time on January 3, 2022 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks governor Mark Cuban unveiled the prototype for a statue honoring franchise legend Dirk Nowitzki during his jersey retirement ceremony following the Mavs' 99-82 home win over the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

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Mark Cuban unveils <a href="https://twitter.com/swish41?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@swish41</a>'s statue 👏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/41Forever?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#41Forever</a> <a href="https://t.co/wDO2XkfGJS">pic.twitter.com/wDO2XkfGJS</a>

"This will be in front of the arena, and the next arena, and the next arena, and it's going to be big," Cuban said in part.

Nowitzki led the Mavericks to their lone NBA championship in 2011, when Dallas upset LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Finals.

He won the 2006-07 regular-season MVP and the 2011 NBA Finals MVP alongside 14 All-Star Game appearances and 12 All-NBA team honors during his two-decade career, which ended in 2019.

As for the statue, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News relayed more information about it via Nowitzki on Tuesday:

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Dirk, asked about the Nowitzki statue, says he recently went to the artist’s studio in Chicago for a couple-hour posing session. Statue won’t be part of tomorrow’s celebration. That will be a separate ceremony sometime down the line.

Nowitzki's No. 41 is the fourth retired number from an ex-Maverick, with the others being No. 12 (Derek Harper), No. 15 (Brad Davis) and No. 22 (Rolando Blackman). The Mavs also retired the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant's No. 24.