Dirk Nowitzki’s No. 14 German jersey to be retired

The FIBA Eurobasket 2022 will offer Luka Dončić and a few other Mavericks a chance to take the international stage to represent their various countries.

It also will be a chance to celebrate the greatest Maverick of them all.

With the tournament taking place in Dirk Nowitzki’s home country, the German basketball federation (DBB) will use the opening day of the event to retire his No. 14 national team jersey.

The German federation announced the plans in a news release early Tuesday. The ceremony will happen before the Germany-France game on Sept. 1 in Cologne on the opening day of the Eurobasket event.

It is the first time in the 73-year history of the German basketball federation that they have retired a jersey number.

This means both Nowitzki’s No. 41 Mavericks jersey and his No. 14 German uniform never will again be worn. Nowitzki wore No. 41 in the NBA because No. 14 (Robert Pack) was taken when he was drafted in 1998.

“I felt honored above all when this idea was presented to me by the DBB,” Nowitzki said in a statement. “It was a nice surprise and I’m already excited about what awaits me in Cologne.

“As an ambassador of FIBA EuroBasket, I’m looking forward to exciting games with great teams and hope that the fans in Cologne and Berlin will ensure full arenas and a great atmosphere.”

The Mavericks retired Nowitzki’s No. 41 in January in a…

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