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Cuban isn’t all that worried about Nowitzki’s knee

Oct 18, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

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Dallas fans should be a little worried — maybe more than a little worried — about Dirk Nowitzki’s swollen knee and if he needs surgery. Because without him Dallas pretty much becomes the O.J. Mayo show, and no matter what you think of him this preseason that movie has been pretty ugly in the past when the games mattered.

Then again, Mark Cuban isn’t really worried.

He spoke to the Associated Press on Wednesday before the Mavericks played the Suns and sounded as comfortable as a guy in Sketchers relaxed step shoes.

“He went through it earlier in his career with his ankle, now his knee,” Cuban said. “We saw it last year and we dealt with it. We’ll deal with it again this year however we need to. He’s got the best training and medical staff in the league….

“Whatever is going happen, we’re going to be fine,” Cuban said. “We’ve been through this before many times.”

Cuban is a big picture guy, and in the big picture he set the Mavericks up to have max cap space this summer to chase after a major free agent to pair with Nowitzki. If the Mavs struggle and he gets a lottery pick to throw on next year’s team, all the better.

So, he’s not worried. But if Nowitzki has surgery and misses time the odds of the Mavs making the playoffs in a deep Western Conference just got smaller. Which is less than ideal for fans.

  1. sprest83 - Oct 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Not true, many fans and local reporters want him to go ahead and get his knee scoped. The first few games of the season are very cupcake and the Mavs should be able to maintain without him. Keep in mind that the Mavs now have Kamen and Brand, they have incredible depth for bigs.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Kaman & Brand haven’t been considered “incredible depth” since 2006.

      • sprest83 - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        You are insane. Both Kaman and Brand are starters in this league and now Brand is a backup. Kaman is a good all around center but has issues with staying healthy. Brand is pretty good rebounder/defender.

      • sprest83 - Oct 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        And you clearly don’t understand what “depth” means. This is by far the best big man depth dirk has played with.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      Tyson Chandler is the best big man depth Dirk has played with. Chandler is better than Kaman & Brand combined. Again, this is 2012 not 2007.

      • sprest83 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        Tyson Chandler is about as one dimensional as you can get. Defense and only defense. He might get you 7-10pts a game, but a healthy Kamen can easily average 13-14 per. Brand is one of the better post defenders in the game. I am also convinced that you don’t watch basketball enough to comment.

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