On Wednesday, the Wizards beat the Mavericks 132-123. The match was also an opportunity for Washington to pay their last respects to the Dallas striker. Dirk Nowitzki who is likely to retire after the season. Like many other teams, the Wizards made a few stops to commemorate Nowitzkiin particular by organizing the German Heritage Night.
The Wizards don’t have a German player on the roster and if you’re cynical, you might even say this is a game for fans of the opposing team. Nowitzki is not the only German to play for the Mavericks. So go ahead 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% of Americans also have German ancestry. If you’re not of German ancestry, you know someone who is.
Anyway, Nowitzki met and spoke with Emily Haber, Germany’s ambassador to the United States before the game. Here is a video of Wunderbar Seta German-American friendship society with highlights of the night as a whole.
This is where Nowitzki was recognized.
And here are more photos of Nowitzki taking photos with fans as well.
At the end of the day, the Wizards took the win and Nowitzki got his ovations. He scored just two points in a matter of minutes while Kleber did not play due to knee injury. Overall, I think it was a good day for everyone but the Mavericks in terms of wins and losses.
There are always many Wizards Heritage Nights in Washington because it is the capital of the United States. If there’s one heritage night we’re looking for the Wizards to host at this point, it’s the Czech heritage night they won’t have this season. After all, the Wizards will have French Heritage Night on March 15!
Wizards press release:
“The team will organize many Heritage Nights, including German Heritage on March 6, French Heritage on March 15, Indian Heritage on March 16 and Filipino Heritage on March 23.”
No Czech Heritage Night
— Lukas Kuba (@Luke_Mellow) March 1, 2019
Unless he specifically wants it, Tomas Satoransky has done very well this season and doesn’t seem to have a game similar to the long streak Marcin Gortat had with Polish Heritage Night for the past few years.