Dirk Nowitzki wants to go out more like Tim Duncan than Kobe Bryant

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We don’t yet know when Dirk Nowitzki is going to retire — he says he’s taking it year by year. But when he does hang it up, he says it’s going to be a low-key affair. Maybe not quite as low-key as Tim Duncan’s abrupt announcement in July, but closer to that than the lavish farewell tour Kobe Bryant received this season.

From an interview with the Dallas Morning News:

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. Maybe there’s a little press conference or something. I don’t know, I don’t really want to think about it because I know it’s gonna come up soon anyway. I’m just gonna enjoy the last couple of years.

Nowitzki signed a two-year, $50 million deal with the Mavericks this summer and all indications are that he’s planning on at least playing out that contract before thinking about retiring. He’s still playing at a high level for his age, so hopefully the day that he retires doesn’t come anytime soon.