Dirk Nowitzki now has a number retired on two continents.
Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks' legend whose number 41 was raised to the American Airlines Center rafters last season, was similarly honored by the German Basketball Federation on Thursday during the opening day of EuroBasket 2022.
Nowitzki became the first German basketball player to have his number retired. The ceremony took place in front of a sellout crowd at Lanxess Arena, where his number 14 will hang forever, before Germany played France. Nowitzki played 153 international games for the German national team, playing for his country during the offseason for the vast majority of his 21-year NBA career.