According to the Dallas Mavericks PR team, Dirk Nowitzki has been added to the All Star team by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. He joins Dwyane Wade as special selections to their respective conference teams.
“Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” said Silver. “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”
Since All Star teams are no longer by conference, but selected by a draft, both Nowitzki and Wade will be selected as part of an additional third round. This game marks Dirks 14th total All Star selection in 21 seasons.
It’s an interesting decision by the league with Nowitzi, since he has not publicly decided on his retirement. Yet involving Dirk in things is always a good idea, because Dirk is fun and All Star weekend is entirely about fun.
It’s going to be a very Maverick weekend after all.