Now the duo will have a chance to go out in style as both Wade and Nowitzki have been added as special roster additions for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, which is scheduled to take place in Charlotte on February 17.
"It wouldn't be the first time something like that has happened", Middleton said of one of them being left out. Westbrook is averaging 21.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 10.8 assists through 42 games, well on his way to a third consecutive season with a triple-double average.
The 37-year-old has already declared that the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season will be his last, while Nowitzki has not yet publicly stated his plans going forward but is also expected to retire. Equipped with great athleticism, skills and stamina, Giannis received the NBA Most Improved Player award in 2017, entering All-NBA Second Team in 2017 and 2018 and securing a spot at the All-Star for three straight years as one of the most popular players of the Eastern Division.
Silver, in a statement released by the league, lauded what Nowitzki and Wade have meant to the game.
But in an era of superstar big men like Shaquille O'Neal, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon, role-player Longley was never in contention for All-Star status.
The news comes after Wade, 37, was not selected as one of the seven All-Star reserves from the Eastern Conference. He was also the 2006 NBA Finals MVP and 2008-09 scoring champion. One of the two captains this year is Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, who is a former Heat player and close friend of Wade's.
When it was posed to him that James has dibs on the "Special Roster Additions", Wade cheekily retorted: "He better pick me, I'm not even gonna play around".