The Warriors are moving across the Bay Bridge to the Chase Center in San Francisco after 47 seasons. But Golden State's longtime home holds a special place in Nowitzki's heart.
"This has always been a fun building," Nowitzki said, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "If their team is good or not, their support here has always been phenomenal and a fun atmosphere here to play. I'll always remember this building unfortunately with my MVP season (in 2006-07), but also a lot of great memories. My first basket was in this building, so I'm going to for sure miss it."
The Dallas Mavericks' legend created a hole in the wall outside the visitors' locker room after reportedly throwing a trash can following the team's season-ending Game 6 loss to the eighth-seeded Warriors during the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Dallas won 67 games during the regular season before becoming the first No. 1 seed eliminated in the opening round in a best-of-seven series.
Nowitzki signed the now plexiglass-covered hole.
"It's bittersweet," said Nowitzki. "It's a great thing to have something in an opposing arena, but also a great memory for them and not so much for me. But there's nothing I can do about it now but embrace it.
"It was part of my career, part of my history. I always say without these (playoff) losses in '06 and '07 back to back, I wouldn't have been the player I was in '11 to close the whole deal. This is part of my journey. It was brutal and tough to go through, but I grew from it a lot."
Nowitzki scored a season-high 21 points during the Mavs' 126-91 blowout win over the Warriors. The veteran forward recently passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the NBA's all-time scoring list.