On Friday, Dallas Mavericks All-Star power forward Dirk Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee which has bothered him for over a year now, and will be sidelined due to rehab for six weeks.
Nowitzki and the Mavs made several attempts to heal the knee before taking the surgery route including giving him substantial rest throughout training camp and the preseason, and also having it drained last week, however it still was giving the 34-year old significant problems following those methods.
Nowitzki missed the past three preseason games due to swelling and soreness in the knee so the 2007 NBA regular season and 2011 NBA Finals MVP decided to have the surgery now before the season began. The 11-time All-Star will probably miss approximately the first 13 games of the Mavs season while rehabbing from having the knee scoped ,but when Nowitzki does return he should be fresher than ever with an extra bounce in his step.
The knee bothered the seven-footer last season as well and resulted in Nowitzki producing some of the lowest totals of his illustrious 14-year career, such as just 21.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game which were both the lowest since his second season in the league.
The Mavericks’ all-time leading scorer will miss notable games against the long-time friend Steve Nash and the new-look Los Angeles Lakers, both games versus the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers, Nowitzki may be able to return for the team’s second game of the season versus the Lakers on at home November 24 barring any set backs in his rehab and recovery process.