I’m sure you’re all aware at this point that our hero, Dirk Nowitzki, joined an exclusive club tonight. Only the sixth player to ever score 30,000+ points. Kind of a big deal.
Needless to say, many people all over the basketball world were offering up their congrats. A lot of former players offered up praise.
From old friends:
Big congrats to my buddy Dirk! 30 stacks!!! Only six players in the history of the game have scored 30,000 points. On this day in '98 I would've never believed you'd still be with the @Mavs, be an MVP, NBA Champ and in the 30k club no matter how many nights we went back to the gym for 1 on 1 and shooting battles. Unreal, historic, clutch player and better person.
To former legends:
To the modern day GOAT:
A few former teammates (shout out to Anthony Morrow calling Dirk “an old burger”):
And the commish himself:
Hell even former rival Kevin Garnett jumped in to give the Big German his due.
There were also heartfelt and warm congrats from Dallas-based NBA reporter Mark Stein.
Sweetest shooting 7-footer there ever was ... and maybe that we'll ever see. Congrats on 30K, @swish41.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 8, 2017
It wasn’t just basketball people who were impressed. Ben Stiller took time away from his farm-related chores to express his admiration.
Cowboys great Jason Witten stated the obvious truth that Dirk is one of the greatest ever.
Congratulations to @swish41 on 30k--- bar none one of the greatest to ever play the game. Respect.— Jason Witten (@JasonWitten) March 8, 2017
Former Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland had a fantastic reaction tweet (for my fellow HIMYM fans at least).
Hometown FC Dallas star Kellyn Acosta recorded a sweet video.
Obviously this was a huge and meaningful and emotional moment for Dirk, the team, and for all of us. But I think Holger best captured the emotion we were all feeling tonight, as we celebrated Dirk’s accomplishments.
I’m not crying, you’re crying.