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Dirk Nowitzki, along with two prominent European basketball stars and a legendary head coach of Serbian and Croatian heritage, is included in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

“There is nothing else coming for my basketball career,” Nowitzki said. “The Hall of Fame is the top of the mountain. This caps the first phase of my life.”

Experiencing a 21-year journey with a single team stands as a genuine demonstration of loyalty and an extraordinary accomplishment.

“It’s been an amazing ride. When I first got to Dallas, I didn’t know how it would play out. I wasn’t sure whether I was good enough or could make it in this league. We just kept getting better as a team and individually. Mark Cuban buying the team in my second year helped a lot.

“He was a big supporter of mine and became a good friend. He’s been super loyal to me. Everything kind of grew together. I was becoming part of the community, getting the support back. It feels amazing I was able to be there my entire career and always represent the Dallas Mavs.”