Dirk Nowitzki, right, celebrates his career with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. On Tuesday, it was a day to celebrate the 7-foot German and his many nicknames as fans waved goodbye to a Dallas legend during his final home game. I know what you're going through, saying goodbye to a career you love is never easy, I've been there.
"Everybody got to witness history, and watch him play his last game", he said.
Nowitzki walked away from the National Basketball Association on Wednesday night after a glittering 21-season career.
Around the same time that the Spurs showed their knack for scouting and introducing worldwide players to the NBA, Nowitzki forged a path for European basketball players to achieve their hoop dreams and compete at the highest level.
"I'll promise you that you have a job for life".
I think we should look at that part of it.
Before the game, an extraordinary scene unfolded at the arena, as scores of Mavericks employees lined a parking garage to cheer the arrival of Nowitzki.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich spoke to the media ahead of the regular season finale against the Mavericks and spoke at length about Dirk Nowitzki, who is retiring after 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association.
He also made more than $250 million. Some wishfully changed "one more year". But all season long, Dirk Nowitzki wouldn't confirm it.
Perhaps just as significantly, Nowitzki's playing style, as a seven-footer whose long-range shooting skills forced defenders far away from the basket, presaged the direction in which the league would head.
He finished with eight rebounds, three assists and a block in a season-high 32 minutes. "I'll see you soon", he said.
Before Dirk's final game the Spurs played him one final tribute video of all the incredible moments he had in his career against them.