The Dallas Mavericks are off to a stumbling 2-6 start this season, with the main culprit being a bottom five offense. Not so coincidentally, Dirk Nowitzki has played in only three games — and wasn’t his vintage self in the ones where he did get on the court — because of a sore Achilles that he strained in the season opener.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, recovering from a strained right Achilles, told ESPN.com on Thursday that he has begun to resume on-court work as he moves toward a return to the lineup.
But Nowitzki stressed that, as much as he wants to play in Dallas’ two-game swing on the East Coast next week, he’ll need to get through a full-speed practice or two this weekend with no setbacks before he’s cleared to play.
“It’s definitely better, but I really haven’t done much yet,” Nowitzki told ESPN.com.
Dallas is not going to rush its biggest star back to the court if he’s not 100 percent, especially when the only real treatment for a sore Achilles is rest.
Harrison Barnes has played well in his expanded role, averaging 22.6 points per game, but the Mavs need more scoring options on the floor. Nowitzki certainly is that.
Quote of the Day: Trump makes Toronto look much better
“I want to thank Trump for making Toronto an unbelievable destination for athletes.”
— Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri, while accepting Sports Media Canada award, via Donnovan Bennett.
Before you go off on your pro-Trump/socialized medicine sucks rant in the comments, admit this: That’s a funny line. That’s why we’re running it.
Like every other GM in the NBA, he will use whatever advantages he has to sell his team to prospective free agents. This could be part of that. Maybe. Then the player will choose the place that offers the most money, as basically always happens.