Dirk Nowitzki’s Return to Dallas Lineup Won’t Make Mavs Contenders

November 20th, 2012 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
Initially, it seemed as if the Dallas Mavericks would be without Dirk Nowitzki for just six weeks (per ESPN's Marc Stein) after he had surgery back in October. Well, this week marks the fifth week of Nowitzki's rehab stint, and instead of looking forward to getting back on the court and practicing soon, it seems his return is being pushed off just a bit further.

Nowitzki's rehab on his knee that needed arthroscopic surgery after bothering him all season long isn't going poorly, he's just not progressing as well as projected.

Right now, it's looking like he's going to be continuing rehab for the next two weeks (per ESPN.com's TIm McMahon) before being able to return to practice.

That means he's going to spend the next two weeks rehabilitating, then he's going to be reintroduced to full basketball activities, at which point he will be evaluated again and given an estimate of exactly when he'll be able to return.

Before the season started, it looked as if Dirk would be out for the first 13 games of Dallas' season at the very least. At this point, the Mavs are 12 games in. Their 13th will come Wednesday night against the New York Knicks.

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