The Kobe Bryant farewell tour was a must-have ticket many nights and a great but weird celebration of one of the best players the NBA has ever seen. It was capped off in the epic showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz at the end of the season when Kobe shot 50 times and dropped 60 points in the game. It was great theater. There’s the other extreme too in which Tim Duncan was knocked out of the second-round of the playoffs and then had a quiet exit from the San Antonio Spurs and his Hall of Fame career with essentially just an email saying goodbye.
With Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki possessing just a couple more years in his career, he’ll have to start thinking about his own farewell sooner rather than later. Will he go out like Kobe gunning on a farewell tour or will Dirk be more like Duncan and barely allow us to say goodbye? Nowitzki says he’s somewhere in the middle but doesn’t need the limelight of the farewell tour that we saw with Bryant and the Lakers. From SportsDay:
Go out like Kobe or go out like Duncan?
Dirk Nowitzki: You know, I loved the way Kobe went out … with a 60-point game? That’s so Kobe like. The whole arena was standing up the whole fourth quarter. So much fun to watch. But I’m more like a Duncan guy. More a quiet guy. I don’t need the limelight as much. Maybe not quite the just e-mail, Hey, by the way Tim Duncan is retiring. I thought that was a little low profile. Maybe there’s a little press conference or something. I don’t know, I don’t really want to think about it because I know it’s gonna come up soon anyway. I’m just gonna enjoy the last couple of years.
If Dirk does decide he wants to go out with a big bang and a lot of fanfare, you can imagine the celebration Mark Cuban will give him. It’ll be decadent. It’ll be celebratory beyond comprehension. And it’ll be a fitting goodbye to one of the best players we’ve ever seen. But a much more likely scenario is us knowing “this could be it” with Dirk all year in his final season and then him giving a brilliant going away press conference after the final game in which he sits relaxed at a table with the mic in his hand and answers countless questions about his own Hall of Fame career.
Maybe he can tip us off though that it’s truly happening that night by going for 60 points.
Source: CBS Sports / Dirk Nowitzki isn’t going to go out like Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan