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Wizards honor Dirk Nowitzki on German Heritage Night

The Wizards got the win while the Dallas Maverick star received one more ovation.

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Dallas Maverick forward Dirk Nowitzki was honored by the Capital One Arena crowd on Wednesday night.
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On Wednesday, the Wizards defeated the Mavericks 132-123. The game was also an opportunity for Washington to give one last kudos to Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki who is likely to retire after the season. Like many other teams, the Wizards pulled out some stops to commemorate Nowitzki, most notably by holding German Heritage Night.

The Wizards don’t have a German player on the roster and if you are cynical, you could even say this is a game geared toward opposing team fans. Nowitzki isn’t the only German playing on the Mavericks. So is forward Maxi Kleber.

But in this case, things are a little different. Nowitzki is no longer the All-NBA player he once was. But consider that 14.9 percent of Americans also have German ancestry. If you aren’t of German ancestry, you know someone who does.

Anyway Nowitzki met and spoke with Emily Haber, the German Ambassador to the United States before the game. Here’s a video from Wunderbar Together, a German-American friendship society with highlights from the night as a whole.

Here is when Nowitzki was recognized.

And here are some more pictures of Nowitzki taking pictures with fans as well.

At the end of the day, the Wizards got the win and Nowitzki got his ovations. He only scored two points in limited minutes while Kleber did not play due to a knee injury. All in all, I think it was a good day for everyone except the Mavericks from a win-loss perspective.

There are always many Wizards heritage nights in Washington because it’s the capital of the United States. If there’s a heritage night we’re looking for the Wizards to host at this point, it’s Czech Heritage Night which they won’t have this season. After all, the Wizards will have French Heritage Night on Mar. 15!

Unless he specifically doesn’t want it, Tomas Satoransky has done very well this season and doesn’t seem to have a game not unlike the long streak Marcin Gortat had with Polish Heritage Night over the last several years.