Dallas Mavericks superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki is experiencing stiffness and pain in his right knee and unfortunately may need to have arthroscopic surgery prior to the beginning of the 2012-13 NBA season. Currently the plan for Nowitzki’s ailing knee is weeks of consecutive rest and recuperation, but if that isn’t enough to bring the swelling down and elevate the pain, then the 2007 NBA MVP will look to get the knee scoped before the injury becomes worse.
If the injury doesn’t heal by next week, then Nowitzki will get the surgery done quickly with hopes to return by the Mavericks’ opener versus the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 30. The 2011 NBA Finals MVP said that the pain is similar to that which he felt at the beginning of last season.
Nowitzki took four games off at the beginning of last season to rest the knee, but it still wasn’t 100% and could be seen by his play throughout the entire 2011-12 campaign. Last season the seven-foot Nowitzki posted just 21.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.48 blocks per game while shooting just 45.7% from the field, which in total represented his worse year since his second in 1999-2000.
This season the Mavs retooled their roster, making several acquisitions including guards O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison along with big-men Chris Kaman and Elton Brand in attempts to keep Nowitzki’s championship window open and return to the NBA Finals. These plethora of moves were made after Dallas failed to persuade Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams to sign a lengthy contract during the beginning stages of the free agency period. The Mavericks have a very good team for the upcoming season, but without a healthy Nowitzki, their chances of competing in the Western Conference are slim to none.