Monday night was a special night for Dirk Nowitzki. During the Mavericks’ game against the Clippers, the future Hall of Famer became just the sixth player in NBA to play 50,000 career minutes.
The NBA's 50,000-minute club: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Elvin Hayes and Dirk Nowitzki.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 6, 2018
And the Mavericks celebrated the incredible achievement from the top player in their franchise’s history by spelling his name incorrectly on his game jersey.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 6, 2018
Oof. That’s poor timing.
But, it does summarize how things are going for the Mavericks this season. Dallas had a 101-91 lead over the Clippers with under five minutes to go… and lost 104-101. The loss brings their record to 17-37, just one half game back of the Hawks for the NBA’s worst record.
UPDATE: Dirk agrees that the jersey mishap sums up the Mavericks’ season.
Dirk Nowitzki says he just noticed his misspelled jersey: “I actually just saw it. I had no idea. I guess it happens. I usually look at my jersey, so I never even saw it myself. It happens. I guess it kind of sums up our season.”
— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) February 6, 2018