Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki on Tuesday became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain on the illustrious list.
It didn't take long for the NBA to acknowledge Nowitzki's milestone, which he achieved with a familiar face-up jumper during a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Steve Nash, who joined the Mavericks during Nowitzki's rookie season in 1998-99 and played with him in Dallas until 2004, congratulated the 13-time All-Star on Instagram.
Big congrats to my buddy Dirk! 30 stacks!!! Only six players in the history of the game have scored 30,000 points. On this day in '98 I would've never believed you'd still be with the @Mavs, be an MVP, NBA Champ and in the 30k club no matter how many nights we went back to the gym for 1 on 1 and shooting battles. Unreal, historic, clutch player and better person.
Several other former teammates of Nowitzki's praised him on Twitter. Shawn Marion and Brian Cardinal played with Nowitzki on the Mavericks' 2010-2011 championship team, while Justin Anderson shared a locker room with him in Dallas for the past season and a half before he was traded last month.
Congrats to my guy @swish41 !!! 30k points for the Tall Baller from the G!!! Getting it done. Love it!— Brian Cardinal (@BrianCardinal) March 8, 2017
Congrats DIRK!! #legend— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) March 8, 2017
Congrats to @swish41 !!! 30K— Goran Dragić (@Goran_Dragic) March 8, 2017
Nowitzki, a virtual lock to one day join the Hall of Fame, garnered compliments from those already enshrined there. The Mavericks also published a tribute video that included messages from fellow German athletes and the NBA released a statement from commissioner Adam Silver.
Watching @Lakers vs Mavs game. Congratulations Dirk on becoming the 6th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 8, 2017
LeBron James shared a moment congratulating Nowitzki, adding that he'd like to one day join Dirk in the 30,000 club. And actor Ben Stiller provided some comic relief in applauding the 7-footer.
Nowitzki entered the week averaging 13.6 PPG and 6.6 RPG for Dallas. He recently announced his intention to return for a 20th season.
-- Nick Ostiller