By: Charles Curtis | February 6, 2018 8:23 am Follow @bycharlescurtis
Mistakes happen to the best of ’em, although the timing on this one wasn’t the greatest.
On the night Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki passed 50,000 career minutes — he’s now 5th all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett and Jason Kidd — the name on the back of his jersey was spelled “NOWITKZI.”
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Nowitkzi’s Nowitzki’s reaction was perfect and funny and also a little sad. Via the Dallas Morning News:
“I actually just saw it,” Nowitzki said in the postgame locker room. “I had no idea, no idea. I guess it happens. I usually look at my jersey. I guess it kind of sums up our season.”
The paper reports the Mavs are considering auctioning off the one-of-a-kind jersey for charity. UPDATE: They are!
Mavs equipment manager extraordinaire (and one of Dirk’s best buddies) is auctioning off the misspelled jersey to benefit the big German’s foundation. https://t.co/VWobMXILlB
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 6, 2018
Also I completely agree with this tweet:
In fairness to the Mavericks, they have to have about 600 different jerseys made for a season. If only one of them has transposed letters in a name, that’s a pretty good batting averaging.