Dirk Nowitzki's NBA career might have ended earlier this month, but he still managed to score more points this weekend with a thank-you letter he penned to Dallas Mavericks fans.
The 2011 NBA Finals MVP and 14-time All-Star posted the letter in an ad he took out in the Dallas Morning News, wrapping up his 21-year career into 21 heart-felt lines that read like a poem.
Among the more touching lines: "From the moment I arrived in Dallas riding on this amazing roller coaster, you lifted me, supported me, pushed me to work harder," and, "This is THANK YOU Mavs fans, from the bottom of my heart, for taking in a kid from Wurzburg and making me one of your own."
Nowitzki scored 31,560 points in his career, sixth most all-time just ahead of Wilt Chamberlain. He also collected 11,489 rebounds over 1,522 career games. This past season he averaged 7.3 points per game, the first time he was under double digits since scoring 8.2 in his rookie season of 1998-99.
Nowitzki hinted that while his playing days are done, he will be sticking around in some capacity.
"I will miss playing, but I can't wait to start the next chapter with you," he wrote, while concluding his letter. "Forever and grateful, forever yours, and forever a Dallas Maverick."
--Field Level Media