Dallas loves its basketball stars, so it's not surprising they go all out when one player captures their hearts. This is true about the Dallas Maverick's Dirk Nowitzki, who officially got a street named after him. The street in Dallas that used to be called Olive is now Novitzki Way, and today was its opening ceremony.
*The event took place at noon and was open to the public. If you couldn't make it don't worry, you'll be able to see all the action on the Dallas City Facebook page. Nowitzki couldn't be there when the Dallas City Council voted to change the name of the street, but he has been vocal about the entire thing. He was also physically present at the ceremony today, so fans got to catch him live!
Since his retirement, the former Dallas Mavs star has been keeping a low profile, but he did take to Twitter to express his gratitude. "What a huge honor! I'm humbled. Hope to see you all there tomorrow," reads a tweet from Nowitzki. The star rarely takes to social media, so we know this was extra special for him.
"After the first year, the city wouldn't name a dumpster after me let alone a street," said Nowitzki about his first year on the team. Fans will remember it wasn't his finest year but he came back stronger than ever. He carried on his speech talking about how he wants to give back to the community that gave to him, saying "it's always been about trying to make a difference off the court as well as on the court".
"Winning the championship was for the community more than for myself," Nowitzki added about his 2011 championship, the first for Dallas. Nowitzki went on to say he felt loved by the community who never gave up on him.
Since retiring, Nowitzki has stuck around the city participating in charitable efforts throughout the metroplex. Recently he stopped by Emergency Operating Center in Dallas to talk about the Tornados that affected hundreds of people.
It is rumored that Nowitzki might take some ownership of the Mavs in the future. For now, that is all just speculation, but how cool would that be? If that were to happen we are sure the team would be thrilled.
While we get emotional over Dirk's speech from the ceremony, you can check out what Dallas has to say about Luka Doncic. You can also read up on the Dallas Mavs players getting the cutest new Funko Pops in their honor.
Nowitzki Way Opening Ceremony
When: October 30 at noon
Address: 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219
Why You Need To Go: You can be part of history as they officially open the street in Dirk Nowitzki's honor.