"As you might expect, this was my last home game", Nowitzki said to the crowd at the American Airlines Center. "That's obviously my hometown, but it doesn't really matter", White said.
Nowitzki will retire as one of the great forwards of all time, as well as a revolutionary figure both in the worldwide sphere and the National Basketball Association sphere. Plus, the win over the Suns did allow the Mavericks to avoid a second straight 50-loss season.More news: Hazard shines for Chelsea
The Mavericks finished their season on the road Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
But the league's 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP also knew how hard the past two seasons had been physically, including missing the first 26 games of his final campaign after a longer-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery last April. Fans across the league saluted him with standing ovations when he visited their city, and he was greeted by a stream of adoring workers before the game.
"There's no words that I could possibly say to describe how I feel what you meant to this organization, but I can make you all kinds of promises", Cuban said. He was the first player that big to be a legitimate threat at the 3-point line.
Popovich added Nowitzki was a "fierce competitor that never wavered at any time in his career". "I think a lot of people will understand the history and his impact on the game", White said.
There will be one more chance to see Nowitzki play, and perhaps it's fitting that the game will be against the Mavericks' Lone Star State rival. "I left Germany over 20 years ago and became a Texan".