Dirk Nowitzki not interested in having a Kobe Bryant-like farewell tour

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Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks (Photo Courtesy: scott mecum/Wikimedia)

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks who is one of the remaining all-time greats still playing in the NBA revealed that he is not interested in having a farewell tour like what the league gave to Kobe Bryant.

“I don’t want to go into a season knowing this is my last. I’m going to go from summer to summer and re-evaluate how the body feels after the season. So, I don’t think I’m going to have this whole tour where everybody knows I’m going to retire,” Nowitzki said during his appearance on The Afternoon Show with Tim Cowlishaw and Matt Mosley on KESN-FM 103.3.

The 37-year-old added that he’s going to play as long as his body permits him to and hope that it’s in a few more years. Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks are going to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

The German international holds a player option worth $8.7 million for next season, per Basketball Insiders. Even if he opts out of the deal, he will likely stay in Dallas and finish his Hall of Fame career there.

Nowitzki will go down as one of the best players to ever play the game and arguably the greatest European player of all-time. He will also go down in history as the best player in Mavericks franchise history.

He helped Dallas win their first ever NBA championship in 2011 and was named Finals MVP. He is also a former NBA MVP, a 13-time All-Star, former FIBA World Cup MVP and FIBA EuroBasket MVP.

Besides Dirk Nowitzki, other legendary players like Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan are close to the end of their careers. The NBA will be very different once these future Hall of Famers retire from the game of basketball.

Photo Courtesy: scott mecum/Wikimedia

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