Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki resumed basketball activity Wednesday but remains weeks away from making his season debut.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki took a key step forward in his rehab Wednesday, resuming running and taking shots prior to the team’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
Fair or not, the rap on Avery Johnson in Dallas is he was a type-A control freak, the kind of coach who demanded without compassion, and who could prompt Dirk Nowitzki to describe the tenure as “a little dictatorship.”
FAIR OR NOT, the rap on Avery Johnson in Dallas is he was a type-A control freak, the kind of coach who demanded without compassion, and who could prompt Dirk Nowitzki to describe the tenure as “a little dictatorship.”
With former MVPs Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki sidelined, this is a matchup of two franchises struggling to find an identity without their leaders.
Chicago is hoping to eliminate the sour taste following Monday night’s debacle against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls surrendered a 27-point second-half lead in a 93-92 home loss to the same Bucks team they had beaten in Milwaukee just two nights before.
Dallas enters tonight’s game in the midst of a two-game skid. They were obliterated by Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers 115-89 on Saturday night, then suffered a crushing 100-98 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia last night.
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DALLAS (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have scoring beyond Kobe Bryant in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Not so much for the Dallas Mavericks when O.J. Mayo is a bit off, at least until Dirk Nowitzki gets back.
The team announced before the game that Davis would sit due to an ankle injury.
Davis, averaging 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, suffered the injury during practice on Monday.
As for the Knicks, the Hornets are the latest opponent they’ve faced without its top player.
The Indiana Pacers were without Danny Granger, the Philadelphia 76ers were without Andrew Bynum, and the Dallas Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki.
Some athletes, through no fault of their body’s own and often because something lands the wrong way or some opponent falls onto the wrong thing, have to undergo surgery early in their careers. In their teens, even, during their amateur hour.
Some, by way of the typical wear and tear that a pro athlete’s career demands, usually end up having to undergo at the very least an exploratory procedure, or one focused on the cleanup of debris or smaller parts that need to mend.
Some, like Dirk Nowitzki, are incredibly lucky. He gave up his amateur turn all the way back in May of 1998, and save for a sprained knee in 2003 that didn’t require an operation, Dirk has been fortunate to stay away from the surgeon’s knife for his entire career. For 43,595 combined regular and postseason minutes Dirk has continually worked as a go-to workhorse for a Dallas Mavericks team that has consistently been part of the championship picture for most of that just-about dynastic run. And, because these things tend to take a toll, Dirk had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this autumn .
And, because he’s a competitor and usually three times better than anyone he plays basketball with, Nowitzki sort of expected his knee to heal in three times the typical rate. Things haven’t quite turned out that way, though. From the Dallas Morning News , quoting Dirk’s interview on Fox Sports Southwest during Monday night’s Dallas loss to Minnesota :
“Gotta admit, I’m already getting tired of rehab,” Nowitzki said on Fox Sports Southwest’s telecast, during the second quarter of tonight’s game against Minnesota. “It’s been three weeks. Obviously, that’s a lot of time for me watching.
The Knicks are now 4-0, the only undefeated team in the NBA and beating every team they’ve faced by at least 10 points. And yet, the big talk before and after the Knicks took out the Dallas Mavericks at the Garden — well, a shadow of the Mavs, since they didn’t have Dirk Nowitzki or Shawn Marion — wasn’t about Mike Woodson and the bang-up job he’s done so far.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saw Dirk Nowitzki grow as Dallas’ superstar into a 2011 NBA champion, surrounded by experienced veterans such as Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler.