Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki’s legendary career is nearing its end.
So with just over 20 games left in the season, fans are getting their last opportunities to see the future Hall of Famer do his thing one last time.
On Monday night, Nowitzki and the Mavs, who are 13th in the Western Conference, were in Los Angeles for his last game against the Clippers.
And with nine seconds left in the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers did something awesome — he stopped the game, grabbed the public address announcer’s microphone, and had the fans give Nowitzki one last standing ovation at Staples Center.
“It was sweet. I’m really appreciative,” Nowitzki said, according to ESPN. “At first, I was like, ‘Why is Doc calling a timeout? What’s he doing with [9.4] seconds left? What’s he up to?’ Then he grabbed the mic. I didn’t really understand much, but that was really humbling. That was an emotional moment.”
#Clippers coach Doc Rivers called timeout, grabbed the mic, and showed his immense respect for Dirk Nowitzki by imploring the LA crowd to show their love for @swish41 in his final game at Staples Center. #Mavs pic.twitter.com/EzcDvaa0uS
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) February 26, 2019
Seriously, how awesome was that by Rivers?