Nowitzki before goosebumps evening: The 14 and the hall roof – dpa

FA piece of history repeats itself for Dirk Nowitzki. The very exclusive honor that he only received at the Dallas Mavericks at the beginning of January is now also awaiting Germany’s retired basketball legend in Cologne.

His national team jersey will be pulled under the roof of the hall this Thursday, after which the number will no longer be assigned. “It’s a great thing that the 14 is no longer awarded in German basketball. It will be beautiful again and also emotional. I hope I do well. In Dallas I gave a longer speech, in Cologne I would like to keep it a lot shorter, »said Nowitzki of the German Press Agency. In the case of the Mavericks, it was number 41 that was immortalized in the hall of the NBA club from Texas.

The setting is worthy, a full arena and a relaxed atmosphere are expected for the opening of the European Championship against France on Thursday (8.30 p.m. / Magentasport). “If anyone deserves it, it’s Dirk. He was always ready to play for Germany and has put in incredible performances in 153 international matches for the men,” said Ingo Weiss, President of the German Basketball Federation. Weiss is happy about the “suitable setting” for the emotional honor. Even Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is expected in the Lanxess Arena.

Great idol

And the pros around Dennis Schröder and Franz Wagner want to help make the evening a success. “He’s a really big role model for me. He is an idol – how down-to-earth he has remained and how crass he has played. Things like that impressed me, »said Wagner. For Schröder it is extra motivation that the most successful German basketball player is there with his family. “He changed basketball for the big guys in Europe. He’s one of the best foursomes of all time,” praised the German captain.

Nowitzki led Germany to European Championship silver in 2005, World Cup bronze in 2002 and the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, where he was allowed to carry the German flag. So now the end of the EM, which Nowitzki accompanies in one of his many post-career activities as an ambassador. The 44-year-old from Würzburg invited the entire family and also some companions from Dallas, where Nowitzki still lives with his wife Jessica and their three children Malaika, Max and Morris. “It will be an unforgettable evening for me,” announced Nowitzki. First the 14 under the roof and then a victory at the start of the European Championship over France: This is what an ideal Thursday evening would look like for him.


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