Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki joins TNT for a special performance

DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki will join TNT’s Inside the NBA crew on Saturday for a special appearance during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals series between the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Nowitzki, a recent Hall of Fame inductee, will join Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson in place of Shaquille O’Neal for the NBA Tip-Off pregame show at 5:30 p.m., as well as the halftime and postgame shows .

The performance comes one night after Nowitzki’s former team, the Dallas Mavericks, defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 to advance to the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nowitzki, who retired in 2019 after 21 seasons with the Mavericks, currently serves as an advisor to the franchise.

During his illustrious career, Nowitzki led the Mavericks to 15 playoff appearances and helped them win the NBA Finals in 2011. He finished his career averaging 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 47.1% shooting from the floor, including 38.5% from 3-point range. He retired in 2019 after playing 51 games in the 2018-2019 season.

Nowitzki’s impressive career was marked by numerous accolades, including 14 NBA All-Star appearances, 12 All-NBA Team selections and an NBA MVP award from 2006-2007. He scored 31,560 points in the regular season, which ranked him sixth all-time in NBA history. He also grabbed 11,517 rebounds and made 1,982 three-pointers in his career, the most among 7-footers.

Nowitzki has remained involved in the NBA, appearing on Bally Sports Southwest over the years, including most recently early this season. During one of his appearances, he praised Luka Doncic’s ability to make hard shots, saying: “He’s probably the best horse player I’ve ever seen. Outside of Brad Davis… Luka has to be the best horse player I’ve ever seen .” ever seen. He makes a complete mess.”

Fans have come to enjoy Nowitzki’s analysis and commentary style, whether they are loyal to the Mavericks or fans of the sport in general.