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Mavs unveil Nowitzki statue before Christmas game against Lakers

Mavs unveil Nowitzki statue before Christmas game against Lakers

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki was with his son Max, both ready to push the lever that would reveal the statue of the retired Dallas Mavericks star outside the team’s arena.

It had already been revealed that the statue represented Nowitzki’s one-leg fadeaway sweater. Not that there was ever any question.

“That jump shot, just going up in the sky, creating all kinds of rain,” said Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham, whose team played the Mavericks in the Christmas Day game that followed the Nowitzki ceremony on Sunday.

Nowitzki has a street named after him not far from the American Airlines Center, where his jersey is in the rafters. And now a nearly 24-foot statue in the plaza south of the arena, discovered on a cold but sunny morning.

“It was emotional,” said Nowitzki, the only NBA player to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise. “When the thing came out, I felt like the sun was perfect today, it was just shining.”





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