NBA All-Star Game 2019: Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade added to roster as tribute

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and Heat guard Dwyane Wade have been added to the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, a tribute to the longtime stars in their final season in the league, commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

“Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” said Silver. “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”

The NBA icons will take the court a final time as All-Stars on Feb. 17 in Charlotte.

They’ll be selected in a new third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, adding a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster. 

Wade — a 12-time NBA All-Star — and James were teammates on the Heat, winning NBA titles in 2012 and ’13 after being stunned by Nowitzki’s Mavericks in the 2011 Finals.

Nowitzki was named the NBA FInals MVP that year. A 13-time All-Star selection, he set an NBA record this year by playing his 21st season with the same team.