The professional career of a sports star is often a short but very sweet experience. Take Kobe Bryant for instance, the now retired L.A. Lakers legend enjoyed a 20-year career in the NBA.
Two decades is an extremely long time to spend in the league but, in the grand scheme of things, it is a fraction of most people's life. As the end of a player's career approaches, the focus often turns to what their life after basketball will include.
For Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, that time has come. The 37-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant career in Texas, but the end is in sight for the German.
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Nowitzki insists he still has a few more years left in him but, approaching the big four zero, retirement is inching ever closer.
In a recent conference call with numerous global media outlets, the 18-year NBA veteran and future Hall of Fame enshrinee spoke about his plan after his days on the hardwood.
He said: "Well, I've been doing stuff on the side, obviously, my entire career. I take my foundation work very serious. I've got a foundation in the U.S. I've got a foundation in Germany. And that's something I will continue to do even after my career is over
"Other than that, I still love basketball and I'm sure that, after my career, I'll stay involved with basketball and do some stuff there.
"Other than that, I don't think I have many plans as of now. But we'll just see what life after basketball still brings for me.
"I know I'm going to be excited to spend some time with my family and see the kids grow up. But anything else will fall in place after."
Nowitzki often insists he is still a few years from retirement and recently said he would consider a move to center if it was necessary to prolong his career.
Dirk is in the midst of his 15th playoff campaign in a career that has seen him win one championship ring and record over 33,000 points.
The Mavericks stole game two from the Oklahoma City Thunder and now return to the American Airlines Center with the series finely balanced at 1-1.
Nowitzki was his usual efficient self in the two encounters at the Chesapeake Energy Arena and posted scores of 18 and 17 respectively while averaging 41.2 percent shooting from the field.
The Mavericks are still considered the underdogs despite splitting the first couple of games. With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant at OKC's disposal, it is clear to see why.
A win in game three for Dallas would really pile the pressure on the Thunder and Dirk will be hoping for another deep run in the postseason this year.
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