It’s no secret that the Dallas Mavericks underperformed last year. Rather than coming out with a sense of urgency, intent on defending their newly won championship – the team just kind of went through the motions for most of the shortened season and then flamed out versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.
Realizing that the squad as constructed wasn’t going to do much of anything, Mark Cuban made some pretty great moves this summer. (After failing to lure Deron Williams to Dallas, that is.)
Unfortunately, all of this summer’s signings won’t mean anything if the Mavericks are without Dirk Nowitzki for a portion of the season. Could that actually happen? Maybe. The same lingering knee problems that slowed him down for much of last year are back, apparently, and it doesn’t look as though they are going to go away by themselves.
“We’ll see how it responds,” Nowitzki told Eddie Sefko of Dallas News. “But the longer we wait, obviously the worse it is. If we have to do something, it’d be better to do it quick.
“But we’re still hopeful that this is a temporary thing. If we relax and rest it for a week and see how it goes, then we’ll have a better idea.”
If Nowitzki opts to get work done, that work (via Sefko) would apparently be a “relatively minor” arthroscopic procedure that would only require "a few weeks" of recovery. Seeing as the Mavericks’ first regular season game is scheduled for Oct. 30, though, it seems pretty clear that if Nowitzki opts to have this situation taken care of, he will end up missing a few games.
(Kudos Dallas News)