Dirk Nowitzki’s final home game for the Mavericks was Tuesday night, and there were several tributes and ceremonies held to honor Dirk’s contribution both on and off the basketball court.
But as he heads into retirement, more stories are coming to light about what a great human being Dirk is.
Julie Oliver shared one such story on one of FOX 4's Facebook posts honoring Dirk.
Oliver took care of an elderly relative, Zelma Boles, who was a retired teacher and basketball coach from Scurry-Rosser High School.
Zelma was a huge fan of Dirk and the Mavericks. So in 2013, Oliver contacted the Mavs to let them know about Zelma, and tell them that she was their oldest fan at 101 years old.
Zelma had always wanted to meet Dirk, and even had a poster of him in her closet.
The Mavericks sent them tickets to watch Dirk and the Mavs take on the Denver Nuggets on April 12, 2013.
The Mavs won the game, and Zelma got to go into the locker room, where she met Dirk. The two went through scrapbooks that she made for each of the Mavericks’ season.
She cut out all the newspaper articles about the Mavericks games, and Dirk asked her if the scrapbook was for him, but Zelma replied, "No," which made everyone else laugh.
Oliver said that Dirk was so kind to Zelma, and he even gave her a signed pair of shoes.
Zelma passed away a few years later, at the age of 104, but Oliver said Zelma was always proud of those shoes, and said meeting Dirk was one of the highlights of her life.