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Texas governor, lawmakers honor retired Mav Dirk Nowitzki

May 14, 2019
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Retired Dallas Mavericks start Dirk Nowitzki stands before the Texas House on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Nowitzki was honored by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers for his outstanding 21-year career with the same NBA team. (Gardner Selby/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been honored by Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers for his outstanding 21-year career with the same NBA team.

Nowitzki was in Austin on Tuesday to visit Abbott, who introduced the German-born athlete as the greatest player in the history of the Mavs and one of the greatest in the league.

The 40-year-old Nowitzki, who retired in April, also appeared in the Texas House and the Senate where he was congratulated by legislators and posed for photos.

Nowitzki, a 14-time All-Star, led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.