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Dirk Nowitzki out 4 games for “conditioning” on his knee

Jan 21, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

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Just prior to Dallas’ game against New Orleans, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle informed the media that Dirk Nowitzki would miss four straight games to work on “conditioning issues” according to multiple sources.

BREAKING: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki will be out at least four games to work on his conditioning.Sat Jan 21 23:53:34 via Facebook

The official listing is that Nowitzki’s sore right knee  is causing the time out. Conditioning has been an issue for the Mavericks all season, as they struggle with both being an older team in a lockout-shortened season that played into June, and hangover from last season’s championship celebration. Lamar Odom has been notably out of shape, but no one on the Mavericks outside of Ian Mahinmi has really seemed sharp. But Nowitzki has clearly been bothered by the knee and sporadic time off hasn’t helped it. Hence the “conditioning” part.

The Mavericks seem to be in search of a reset on their season. If they can get Nowitzki healthy and get Lamar Odom involved mentally and physically, things could turn, the team could gel, and be dangerous in April. But trying to struggle through a season in which so much has gone against them and wearing out Nowitzki makes no sense. The competition also factors into this, with Dallas playing New Orleans, Phoenix, Minnesota, and Utah during that stretch. Those are some decent teams, but it’s not an onslaught of Western powerhouses. Hopefully Nowitzki’s knee will improve and he’ll get back to Dirk-like condition.

  1. Gordon - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Too much wiener schnitzel in the offseason.

  2. hokahknow - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    It is nice to see the wolves considered “a good team”. It has been a long time coming.

  3. goforthanddie - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I don’t know that rehabbing a bum knee is “conditioning”, but whatever.

    “Lamar Odom has been notably out of shape”

    I guess he should’ve been working out instead of being a whiny lil Whordashian TV diva..

  4. bossmangunny - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    why couldnt he take time off when Dallas plays my struggling Knicks?why,why,why?

  5. lookatthefarside - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Thought that was a Bucky Larsen distorted pic there for a second…

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