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After a rough year physically, Dirk Nowitzki is “good to go”

Sep 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah Reuters

Dirk Nowitzki‘s training and conditioning were all screwed up by the lockout last year. Understandably, after  finally accomplishing the dream of winning the title, Nowitzki, along with the rest of the Mavs, enjoyed their offseason. The uncertainty of the lockout lead to a lack of training and so when the season started, Nowitzki was not prepped for the season, hadn’t gone through his usual routines.

Throw in a knee problem, and you had all the issues last year. He had a mid-season boot camp to try and get right physically, but it never  really got back on track. With a normal offseason, though, Nowitzki says that physically, he’s in position to get back to being Dirk.

Second, and more important, Nowitzki feels wonderful physically. His right knee that gave him such trouble during the first half of the shortened season in 2011-12 no longer is a concern to him.

That’s huge.

“I tried to keep in shape all summer long so that it would not be hard to pick up my usual training routine,” Nowitzki said in an email interview. “I feel great. My knees feel fine, and that’s important. I am ready to go.”

via Dirk Nowitzki excited about Mavericks’ overhaul, says knee is good to go | Dallas Mavericks Blog.

That’s great news for Mavericks fans. With a younger roster that will need time to gel, and players who have uncertainties about how they will react in new roles, the team will rely on Nowitzki as much if not more than ever. But most importantly, it looks like we’ll get the real Dirk Nowitzki back, and that’s a win for everyone, except whoever he’s playing that night.

 

  1. eugenesaxe - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Why does everyone use the lockout as an excuse for not being in shape? Common sense told you the lockout would end at some point, maybe you should be ready? Act like there wasn’t a lockout and be ready when training camp was supposed to start?

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      100% Agreed.

      Their job is to be in shape. Towards the end of the lockout, when it became clear a deal was being made as both sides contemplated the lost revenue of a lost season, even guys who took all summer off should have begun training.

      I like Dirk, to me he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer, but to be blunt, he’s earned enough money to hire trainers and buy the equipment necessary to maintain his usual routines, so it’s on him (not the lockout) for staying in shape.

    • cosanostra71 - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      I think its more annoying that its “understandable” that he let himself get out of shape after winning a championship. If anything, it should make you more motivated to come out and get another one.

      • sellahh - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:26 AM

        Get a clue you all, would you?
        Oh, pardon me. I’m sure the three of you do your jobs putting up 100% 9thru5.

      • nbascreed - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        Sellah, nice pivot but no dice. Being in shape isn’t doing his job it’s a condition for completing his job, kinda like knowing excel is for a financial analyst. Kurt lets Dirk off the by calling it “all screwed up”. It wasn’t. It was non existent. He also makes the mistake of using the word “understandably”, again it isn’t.

        I played college hoops. Coach always told us to come back in Sep in “camp shape” and he’d take care of the rest (editorial: as most athletes know there is a HUGE gulf b/t camp shape and being in game shape.). For us camp shape was no more than ~10lbs over your end of season weight and to be able to approach your tested mile time on Day 1 (~45 seconds) which is a bout 350M on a track for your average hoopster over a mile.

        I realize I’ll take flak for “not playing in the nba” but coming to camp in “camp shape” if you’re a pro athlete is REALLY NOT THAT HARD (unless you’re naturally fat and lazy, which Dirk is neither).

      • cosanostra71 - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        You don’t? Better hope your boss doesn’t read PBT.

    • money2long - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      the players were being told even before the lockout season to save their money and be prepared to miss a season. they were told this. i can understand how some feel the lockout wouldn’t have lasted, but the players were informed by execs and the union that a year of no basketball was a strong possibility. but i am with you in that they should have stayed in shape, only because a lockout is not permanent and they should always be prepared. but you have to consider what they were told many times throughout that season to actually prepare for, and it was a year of no basketball.

  2. twreck13 - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    dirk can shoot 30 percent from the field and average 10 points a game the rest of his career and I will not care or ever think less of him.

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      …So if Dirk spends the next 3 years playing terribly while being the highest paid player on the Mavericks and team leader, that wouldn’t affect your opinion of him at all? Since he’s their best player, him playing that poorly means a TON of losses.

      How is that a good thing? How can you as a fan not care if your team loses a ton of games?

      • drunkenjunk - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        twreck is right. I’m from Dallas, he’s cemented his legacy here. I’ll never say a bad thing about him. He won a title when no one thought Mavs had a chance in hell. We were dogs to the 6 seed Blazers in the 1st round, and continued being dogs for most of those playoffs. He can have some awful years and I’ll be alright with it.

  3. fanz928 - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    He’s too old to be motivated for another championship he’s satisfied with one

  4. lofipatrick - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    PBT usually forgets to mention Dirk spent a month “enjoying” his 2011 offseason w/ the German national team in the Olympic qualifiers.

  5. therealhtj - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Dirk last year was pretty much like Dirk every other year save for 2011 when he had a run for the ages. Not sure why Mavs fans and “experts” expected the 2011 Dirk every year going forward, especially with him not getting any younger, Cuban letting the key free agents walk, and him having the “Championship Hangover.”

  6. therealroman - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Best believe this guy will be ready to go this year. I expect him to pull off another monster season cause he’s hungry again.
    Also, give the guy a break, he chased that ring for thirteen years so damn straight he’s gonna celebrate and maybe let it slip a little bit. Not every man on this planet can be as insanely-determined as Jordan and such. Dirk worked so hard for that ring, he got it so he kinda lost focus, but i’m confident that he’s gonna play big again this year

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