Dallas Mavericks Should Not Rush Devin Harris Back

By Elaine J. Dispo
Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors
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While the Dallas Mavericksfront court is now complete, the “Big D” team still awaits the return of one of its “Big D” members: Devin Harris.

This two-time Maverick guard has been sidelined for his toe injury from his days with the Atlanta Hawks and had anticipated coming back either in December or January. Now at this rate, this NBA veteran who approaches a whole decade of professional ball has delayed his 2013-14 season debut.

Apparently, Harris’ left big toe that underwent operation in August has been bothersome lately. He already had his follow-up check-up scheduled with the New York surgeon who performed the procedure on his foot but did not experience more soreness until recently. After postponing the doctor’s appointment from this past weekend to after the home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, it was determined that Harris must limit his workouts.

Neither Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle nor team owner Mark Cuban were worried about Harris’ condition. Carlisle told the Dallas Morning News:

“We’re putting the brakes on, obviously, for a little bit to let that thing settle down.”

Perhaps the philosophy of the Mavs lately has been to “work.” The famous rhyme of “Dirk do work” about power forward sensation Dirk Nowitzki not only extends to this single player but transcends beyond to the entire team as well, whether the members are healthy or healing. Cuban said:

“I know that it’s just a pain thing more than an injury thing, so he’s just got to work his way through it.”

Harris may have started to build his threshold for pain while practicing on his recovering toe, but I would prefer for him to take it easy and avoid further risk of injury. Otherwise, another setback for Harris likely will set back his return and the team who is counting on his comeback to be full throttle.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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