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Dirk Nowitzki could be out more than four games

Jan 24, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

Mavericks forward Nowitzki sits on the bench during the first half an NBA basketball game against the Jazz in Salt Lake City Reuters

The fine folks in Dallas continue to say it’s not his knee, it’s conditioning and strength issues that have Dirk Nowitzki out for a week. Not sure I buy it, but that’s what they are selling.

But this little note from ESPNDallas.com turned our head — he could be out longer.

Depending upon the progress he makes during the week, Nowitzki could be held out longer. He missed nine games last season after spraining the same knee and the Mavs went 2-7 in his absence.

Dallas is 2-0 this year without Nowitzki, thanks in part to Shawn Marion going off for 29 on his old team (Phoenix) Monday. But their success is not sustainable without him.

Nowitzki has a sore knee but Dallas officials say this rest is bigger than that. Here is Cuban to ESPN.

“It’s not about his knee. His knee wasn’t feeling well, but that’s a symptom of everything else,” Cuban said prior to Monday’s game with the Phoenix Suns, the second of four games Nowitzki is expected to miss. “So, it’s not like there’s some problem. Even if it was his head, we would still do the exact same thing.

“There’s nothing specifically wrong. Dirk has a process to get ready. You mess with the process; he just didn’t feel right,” Cuban said. “It’s not just Dirk, it’s other guys, too. It’s a first for us in dealing with a lockout.”

So, it’s not just the knee, it’s process. Okay.

  1. pdbro - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    If you’ve watched any games then you know that 1) his knee was bothering him and 2) he’s completely out of shape. He said himself that he let himself go after Euros and the Finals. He was just burned out. You should know that, seeing as you’re in the business of knowing what’s happening around the NBA.

    This isn’t a big deal. He was slowing the team down, and now he’s getting back into shape. I guess you can go all conspiracy theory on it if you want.

    • passerby23 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Agreed. Dirk took a lot of time off doing practically nothing over the summer. The bad knee is a product of poor conditioning. This is a great idea for Dallas.

  2. jolszews - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I really can’t believe that “slowing the team down” would cause Carlisle to sit Dirk for 4+ games. If that was the case, Odom would be sitting right now.

  3. lookatthefarside - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Looks like a young mother Teresa.

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