The Dallas Mavericks are inevitably headed for the lottery for the third year in a row once the 2018-19 NBA season concludes for them in mid-April. For their Australian rookie Ryan Broekhoff, this season has been a mix of finding his feet in the NBA world, the battle for consistent minutes, and getting caught in a season-long farewell tour for basketball icon, Dirk Nowitzki.
Broekhoff joined the Mavs during a transitional phase for the team: The proverbial passing of the torch from Nowitzki to rookie sensation Luka Doncic. Although the German has not formally indicated he will retire at season’s end, he’s been feted at every arena he’s played in as fans pay their respects to the greatest European player of all time.
Broekhoff says being in the midst of, potentially, Nowitzki’s last hurrah is “special” while lamenting he didn’t get to play with the Mavericks legend when he was in his prime.