86R28699 SME-D
  By: Neave H.R. No. 1318
         WHEREAS, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki retired from the
  National Basketball Association on April 11, 2019, and this
  occasion offers a welcome opportunity to salute his outstanding
  accomplishments in the sport; and
         WHEREAS, The 2018-2019 season was Mr. Nowitzki's 21st with
  the Mavericks, which set an NBA record for the longest tenure with
  one team; during his final campaign, he moved into sixth place on
  the list of all-time leading scorers in NBA history, and when he
  netted 20 points in his final game, he brought his career total to a
  remarkable 31,560; his farewell year also saw him take the floor for
  his 14th All-Star Game; and
         WHEREAS, A native of Würzburg, Germany, this exceptional
  athlete played pro basketball in his home country as a teenager and
  first gained the attention of NBA scouts in 1998; after being
  selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA draft that year, he was
  immediately traded to Dallas; his presence helped transform the
  franchise, and during 2000-2001, the Mavs recorded the first of
  what would become 11 consecutive seasons in which they won 50 games
  or more; in 2006, he helped the team make its debut in the NBA
  Finals, and the next year he became the first European player to
  receive the league's Most Valuable Player honor; and
         WHEREAS, In 2011, Mr. Nowitzki earned a place in the pantheon
  of legendary Texas sports heroes by leading the Mavs to the NBA
  championship, and he was named the finals MVP for his extraordinary
  performance; his elite position among Dallas players is also
  reflected in the record books; he is the team's all-time leader in
  points, rebounds, blocked shots, minutes played, field goals, and
  three-pointers; and
         WHEREAS, Selected to the All-NBA Team 12 years in a row,
  Mr. Nowitzki's accolades also include the Twyman-Stokes Teammate
  of the Year Award, which recognized his selfless play and
  leadership, and the Magic Johnson Award, which honored his
  cooperation with the media and the public; moreover, he is a
  two-time recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award, and he
  oversees the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which funds charitable
  initiatives related to children; and
         WHEREAS, Over the course of more than two decades, Dirk
  Nowitzki distinguished himself as one the NBA's finest players, and
  the success he achieved as a member of the Dallas Mavericks will be
  remembered and admired long into the future; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Dirk Nowitzki on his retirement
  from the NBA and commend him on his exemplary career in professional
  basketball; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Nowitzki as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.