Dirk Nowitzki has scored over 30,000 factors and performed over 50,000 minutes within the NBA, however his final title continues to be misspelled.
When the facility ahead reached the 50,000 minute milestone Monday night time, his final title on the again of his jersey was spelled unsuitable. The again of the jersey learn “Nowitkzi” within the Mavericks 104-101 loss to the Clippers.
Going into Monday’s recreation, Nowitzki wanted to log simply seven minutes to hit the 50,000 mark and he did so within the second quarter of the sport. Nowitzki went on to play 25 minutes, scoring 12 factors within the loss.
Nowitzki informed ESPN after the sport the jersey mess up was simply one other instance of how this 12 months has gone for the Mavericks.
“I often take a look at my jersey, so I by no means even noticed it myself. It occurs. I assume it type of sums up our season,” Nowitzki stated.
Dallas at present sits in final place within the Western Convention with a document of 17-37.
Regardless of the tough season, Nowitzki has been arguably one of the best participant within the historical past of the franchise. Many have been fast to reward the 39-year-old for his accomplishment Monday.
“I simply actually imagine Dirk’s document of excessive stage of excellence, of longevity, sturdiness, is likely one of the most exceptional I’ve ever seen in sport,” head coach Rick Carlisle informed ESPN.
LeBron James additionally tweeted out congratulations to Nowitzki.
Nowitzki grew to become simply the sixth participant in NBA historical past to play at the least 50,000 minutes. He is additionally at present on tempo to affix John Stockton and Michael Jordan as the one gamers to play all 82 common season video games at 39 years of age or older.