Dirk Nowitzki undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery, will miss six weeks
Dirk Nowitzki undergoes successful arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss six weeks.
|Dirk will be on the sidelines for the start of the season. (Getty Images)|
Well, we had warned that things weren't fine and dandy with Dirk Nowitzki's knee from all the signs, and while he's not out for a huge period of time, he's going to miss the start of the season. The Mavericks announced Friday afternoon that Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will resume on-court activity in six weeks.
That means just to get him back on the floor will take six weeks, then he has to get back into conditioning and then there's actual game time to get his timing down. The announcement leaves some wiggle room, saying he can be back "within six weeks," but there's also some lag afterward.
If Nowitzki were to miss only six weeks, he'd be back right around the Dec. 3 game vs. Detroit, meaning he would miss 16 games. Ten of those sixteen games are against potential playoff teams.
The Mavericks' first month of the schedule:
Oct. 30 @ L.A. Lakers
Oct. 31 @ Utah
Nov. 3 vs Charlotte
Nov. 5 vs Portland
Nov. 7 vs Toronto
Nov 9 @ New York
Nov. 10 @ Charlotte
Nov. 12 vs Minnesota
Nov. 14 vs Washington
Nov. 16 @ Indiana
Nov. 17 @ Cleveland
Nov. 19 vs Golden State
Nov. 21 vs New York
Nov. 24 vs L.A. Lakers
Nov. 27 @ Philadelphia
Nov. 28 @ Chicago
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