On Monday, Dirk Nowitzki joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, and Elvin Hayes as the only players in NBA history with more than 50,000 minutes played.
“50K mins played though
@swish41?!?!? Sheesh bro that’s insane,” Lebron James tweeted. ” Congrats man! That’s what you call punching in your clock daily!”
For the 39-year-old old Nowitzki, it adds yet another milestone in his illustrious 20-year career.
“I’ve just been fortunate to stay really injury-free for most of my career,” Nowitzki said, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “I’ve had some bumps in the road here and there, but you see what other players go through, so I was very fortunate. That’s a lot of minutes, obviously, especially early on in my career.”
50,000 minutes can change a man.
Dirk Nowitzki becomes the sixth player in NBA history to play 50,000 career minutes.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 6, 2018
— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) February 6, 2018
50K mins played though @swish41?!?!? Sheesh bro that’s insane. Congrats man! That’s what you call punching in your clock daily!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 6, 2018
Tonight, Dirk Nowitzki will become the sixth player in NBA history to play 50,000 NBA minutes. He will move past Elvin Hayes (exactly 50,000 MP) for fifth-most minutes all-time.
— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) February 5, 2018
ICYMI – Dirk Nowitzki reached yet another milestone last night against the Clippers. The legend rolls on…CONGRATS DIRK!!! 🐐#Dirk #50k #MFFL #Mavs #NBA #Dallas #Loyalty #HardWorkPaysOff
Original 📸: @michael_lark pic.twitter.com/7vrwDnY2ft
— Dallas Sports Fanatic (@Dallas_Fanatic) February 6, 2018
Wanna feel old?
Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce made their NBA debuts 19 years ago today. pic.twitter.com/hAn0iDLIzf
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) February 5, 2018
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