Dirk Nowitzki says he's more likely to favour a Tim Duncan-style retirement

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Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan's retirement have left a gaping hole in the NBA as we prepare for a season without the two all-time greats for the first time since 1994.

Their departures from the league could not have been more different. Kobe went out in a blaze of glory, scoring 60 points in a win over the Utah Jazz to give the Staples Center one last Mamba moment while Duncan bowed out via email after the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs.

He has only done one television interview since.

A number of the league's old guard are approaching the end of their careers; Kevin Garnett could potentially retire this summer and Dirk Nowitzki is adamant he still has two years left with the Dallas Mavericks.

The German spoke about his retirement and said, while he enjoyed Bryant's farewell, he's more likely to leave like Duncan

Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

He said: "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."

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