DALLAS -- Add another milestone to the Hall of Fame résumé of proud father Dirk Nowitzki.
The night after the birth of his second child and first son, Max, Nowitzki pulled down the 10,000th rebound of his career in Tuesday night's 101-94 win over the San Antonio Spurs. He became the 37th player in NBA history to hit five figures in rebounding, quite an accomplishment for a guy who many stereotyped as a soft Euro for much of his career.
"That's pretty unbelievable," said Nowitzki, who happily reported that his wife, Jessica, and baby boy are doing well. "I came here when I was 20, probably the worst 7-foot rebounder in the league at the time. I still wouldn't say I'm a great rebounder, but I learned how to use my length some.
"There were some years where I almost averaged 10 boards. I think the closest was 9.9. I'm a little disappointed that I never averaged 10 a game. I got to be a decent rebounder. I was almost more proud than all of the points I scored."
Nowitzki, a 13-time All-Star and the seventh-leading scorer in NBA history, finished Tuesday's contest with 15 points and 13 rebounds, more than doubling his average on the boards this season, his 17th in the league. The face of the Dallas Mavericks franchise also created an exclusive statistical club.
There has never been another player in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 3-pointers. His career totals: 27,960 points, 10,004 rebounds, 1,123 blocks, 1,564 3s, and counting.
"He's been a massive factor around here for close to 20 years. And the great thing about him: It's not all about the scoring or all about the shooting," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He has a presence. He is a winner to the highest extreme, and he finds ways to help our team win games. And 10,000 rebounds, that's a lot."