NBA News: Dallas Mavericks Won’t Compete Without Dirk Nowitzki

October 20th, 2012 by Mike Hoag Jr. Leave a reply »
The Dallas Mavericks are going to struggle heavily until Dirk Nowitzki recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery that he underwent on Oct. 19.

Dallas is already in a transition season and will find itself strapped for scoring options as its No. 1 scorer is on the shelf for three to six weeks following the surgery.

If he is out for the extreme end of that spectrum, he’ll miss the first 16 games, not returning until December.

Dallas’ and Nowitzki’s decision to undergo the procedure now rather than later is a proactive approach and may end up benefiting the team in the long run, but it’s going to make the transition tough for the new-look Mavs.

Mark Cuban, according to Brad Townsend of, was supportive of the move: “This is analogous to any player missing games. We just want to get Dirk healthy… It was about what was best for Dirk’s health.”

There’s no denying the impact that Dirk Nowitzki has on a game. He more or less single-handedly willed the Mavs to their NBA championship in 2010 with lights-out play.

ESPN Stats pointed out the impact of Nowit ...

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