Coaches, players and fans across the NBA are saluting Dirk Nowitzki with testimonials, videoboard messages and heartfelt ovations and, here in North Texas, another expression of appreciation.
Saturday began the one-month countdown to the Mavericks' home finale and, possibly, 40-year-old Nowitzki's last American Airlines Center appearance as a player.
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Many Mavericks fans, though, obviously don't want to risk missing Nowitzki's potential final bow at home. Secondary market ticket prices for that Tuesday, April 9 game are at record levels for a Mavericks regular-season game, ranging, as of Saturday, from $145 for an upper-deck seat to $7,875 for a VIP courtside seat.