Dirk Nowitzki to retire on 2011

At the age of 23 and after 14 seasons, the Dallas Maverick’s star player Dirk Nowitzki announced his retirement on an interview with the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

Q: After the 2010-11 season you will turn 33. Do you envision yourself retiring even though you likely would have more solid seasons to come?

“I think the worst thing that athletes can do is play too long and at the end look slow and don’t look right and they lose some of their reputation. I want to play when it’s fun, but when I have to get up in the morning, everything hurts and I have to go to work, if that’s my mentality, then I’d rather quit and do something else.” And on negotiating an extension: “I don’t want to commit until I’m 35, 36 or whatever and then I really don’t want to play that long. But, saying that now, I really don’t know. I think everything’s kind of out in the open.”

It’s not that final though. Personally, I think Dirk can still play good basketball until he reach 35. He’s one of my favorite player in the NBA and one of the best International player out there.