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Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is riding off into the sunset and ending his career in the NBA, but some fans are skeptical of the circumstances. The Big German never made an official retirement announcement throughout the season, but with all the video tributes and honorary All-Star selections, many feel the league basically forced him to retire. Still, it was obvious Nowitzki couldn't keep up with the younger players and he knew it was time to leave. What do you think? 🏀

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If you want to know how it feels to be loved and rejected at the same time, just ask Dirk Nowitzki. Not once did he say this was going to be his last season. Still, the rest of the NBA decided it was time for him.

He was given an honorary All-Star selection he never asked for, had a game stopped for him so he could get a standing ovation like he was leaving, and he's getting video tributes despite never announcing this was his last season. These are the actions of a league that wants him to go away while he can still keep his dignity.

The NBA forced him out!

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He may have never said it was his last season, but it sure looked like it the way he was moving on the court. Nowitzki was never the most agile player in the NBA, and age has robbed him of any ability to move on defense where teams have been exploiting him all season. If he is a liability on that end of the court, he wasn't going to be playing many more minutes next year anyway.

His body isn't exactly cooperating either. Dirk opted to get surgery last year to alleviate pain in his ankle, and instead of being ready for the beginning of the season when he was supposed to be, he didn't make his debut until December. As a competitor, it must've killed him to be unable to dominate the way he was used to.

He might not have said it with his words, but his body knew it was time to hang it up and retire.

FINAL RESULTS
Did the NBA force Dirk Nowitzki to retire?
#DirkForcedOut
A festive crown for the winner
#ItWasTime