Dirk Nowitzki: Update on Mavericks Star's Knee Injury

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIOctober 12, 2012

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is continuing to battle a knee injury that may require surgery if it does not work itself out on its own.


UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Mavericks television play-by-play announcer Mark Followill, Nowitzki is playing off the bench Sunday night:

Dirk is playing everyone. Off the bench. Mavs and Spurs starting on FS Southwest at 6.

— Mark Followill (@MFollowill) December 23, 2012


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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Earl Sneed of Mavs.com passes along some good news for Mavericks fans. He reports Nowitzki went through his first full practice today since being sidelined with a knee injury.

Breaking: Dirk Nowitzki practiced full contact for the first time today.

— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) December 19, 2012

No update on a potential timetable for his return was provided, but it's a major step toward getting back on the court for the star forward.

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 6 at 10:07 a.m. ET

Rough news for Mavericks fans as star Dirk Nowitzki isn't likely to return to the court by mid-December, according to Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko.

Wednesday was the first day that Nowitzki has done court work and while he was limited to shooting and dribbling with no full running or cutting, it was therapeutic for him and the Mavericks to see him working.

But he said the recovery process from his October knee surgery remains slow and he’s not close to returning...

...'Now, it’s already December 5th. I don’t think middle of December is happening now to be honest. That was my goal a couple weeks ago. But the swelling was in there too long and it held me back too long and I couldn’t start working soon enough.'

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10:46 a.m. ET

There is reportedly a timetable for Dirk Nowitzki's return from knee surgery, but the Mavericks won't announce it, according to Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko.

Coach Rick Carlisle has steadfastly avoided commenting on Dirk Nowitzki’s situation...

...However, he did say that there is a timetable now for Nowitzki’s return from preseason knee surgery. He just wouldn’t say what the timetable is.

'I’m not talking about it because I don’t know that much about it other than he’s working hard every day and making gradual strides,' Carlisle said. 'Look, we hope to have him back sooner than later. But right now, there’s nothing imminent. And we’re going to make sure he’s right before he steps on the court.'

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Mavericks fans should not hold their breath while waiting for Dirk Nowitzki to return to action. 

NBA.com's Jeff Caplan reported the following via Twitter on the star power forward's knee injury:

Dirk says still about 2 wks out from starting basketball activities, then another 1-2 wks to play. He's disappointed it's taking this long.

— Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) November 20, 2012

Dallas is 6-6 this season without Nowitzki and will continue trying to tread water while waiting for their best player to return. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2:50 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Some bad news today for Mavs fans regarding their superstar's recovery process. According to a report from ESPNDallas, Nowitzki's rehab hasn't gone according to plan, and he told reporters that he's still feeling pain.

"When it originally hurt, three to six weeks, in my mind, I'm thinking in two weeks, I'm back," said Nowitzki, who has returned quickly from several ankle sprains during his 14-year career. "But unfortunately, this is not how it happens. It's my first knee surgery of my career and unfortunately this stuff takes a little longer than we expected.

This is trouble for the Mavs. If Nowitzki's still hurting, he's still a little way from getting back on the court. While they've done a decent job without him thus far, if they hope to make the playoffs, they need their star player healthy and productive. Ultimately, the three to six weeks of time out seems to be a more realistic period for his rehab than we previously thought.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:17 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

Although original reports had Nowitzki missing six weeks of action, the Mavericks got a little bit of good news in regards to their best player.

According to ESPN Dallas and Tim MacMahon, sources have placed his return closer to three weeks.

Sources -- Dallas Mavericks have hope Dirk Nowitzki can return closer to 3 weeks after surgery es.pn/VsKjBZ

— ESPNDallas (@ESPNDallas) October 22, 2012

That's great news for Dallas, which has dropped three of four preseason games without Nowitzki in the lineup. Chris Kaman is also hurting, and this team desperately needs a spark in the front court after five preseason games.

Although it won't put him on a time table to return for the season opener, having Nowitzki back three weeks sooner could mean the difference in a playoff spot and a lottery pick for this team.

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UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 19 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

CBS Sports' official NBA Twitter account has reported that Dirk Nowitzki will be out for at least six weeks following arthroscopic surgery.

Mavericks (out of the blue) announce Dirk Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery this morning. Out six weeks.

— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) October 19, 2012

It follows that up with the fact that the recovery could be even longer.

Also, that six weeks is when he can resume on-court activity. So you have to think a while after that.

— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) October 19, 2012

This is obviously terrible news for the Dallas Mavericks as they try to get back to the NBA Championship after a one year absence. Nowitzki has been the leader of the team for years and everyone else on the roster will now need to step up their efforts.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 1:25 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Dirk Nowitzki's knee injury is continuing to cause swelling, but the star power forward is still desperately trying to avoid surgery. 

Nowitzki said the following, via ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon.

I'm doing everything I can not to have surgery. I guess that's obvious that I really don't want it done now. If I want to do it, I would love to do it after the season, get through the season somehow, but the swelling came back three or four times now. That's obviously not good news.

MacMahon notes that the surgery Nowitzki's injury requires has a "typically has a recovery time of three to six weeks."

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“We’ll only know that for sure if we do a scope, but as for now, we haven’t (planned surgery). I’m just going to keep working this weekend and see how the knee responds,” Nowitzki said, according to Brad Townsend of DallasNews.com.

As of Friday, October 12, the perennial All-Star forward had his knee drained for a second time in the last few weeks to attempt to alleviate swelling that has been plaguing him this offseason.

Despite the draining and swelling, Nowitzki did practice fully on Friday, Earl K. Sneed of NBA.com reported on Twitter.

Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki (right knee effusion) was a full participant in today's practice.

— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) October 12, 2012

That’s a good sign, but Dirk isn’t in the clear yet.

“If the swelling keeps coming back, I’m not going to play on a swollen knee all season,” Nowitzki said. “If it comes back a couple more times, then we definitely have to look at something else.”

Something else obviously means he will turn to surgery to fix the nagging swelling he’s experiencing.

Luckily for the Mavericks and their fans, he’ll be using this weekend’s public scrimmage as a decision-maker for succumbing to a procedure to fix the issue.

If the swelling dissipates, which seems unlikely at this point since it keeps reoccurring, the big man will likely have an operation sooner rather than later so that he doesn’t miss any regular season action.

Missing games now won’t be an issue because it’s just preseason action. Those games begin on Monday and the 17-year pro doesn’t need the warm-up games anyway.

Whatever ends up happening, it’s best he takes care of this thing now before the season begins and he’s forced to miss significant time. That would doom the Mavericks who would be hard pressed to replace his 21.6 (8th highest in NBA) points per game.

Jason Terry (40th in the NBA) was the next highest scorer last season at 15.1 points per game for the Mavs.


Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers theNFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site.


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