On Christmas Day, Dallas will finally display their statue of franchise legend Dirk Nowitzki.
The Mavericks will host the Los Angeles Lakers for the holiday. Nowitzki has been the face of the team’s history since 1998. He will always be remembered for leading the team to an NBA championship in 2011.
The 2011 MVP was happy to hear that he will be getting a statue made after him on the global holiday.
“That’s going to be there forever. I think that’s what’s so unbelievable, that this statue will stand there. My kids will grow up with it. That’s what’s really mind-boggling and so amazing about it. That this piece is for really eternity and will be there long, long after I’m gone,” Nowitzki commented.
Nowitzki witnessed what occurred with TeamUSA in the 1992 Olympics, and his accomplishments led a path for other international players to become a part of the NBA, like ex-teammates Luka Doncic or Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“Along the way, if I inspired somebody to pick up a basketball or if I motivated a guy to work harder or dream of the NBA, of course, that’s humbling to me. Super humbling. That makes me proud, for sure,” Nowitzki said of his impact on the game.