The Dirk Nowitzki final season and farewell tour are off to a rough start.
Nowitzki will be coming off the bench for the Mavericks, but right now he can’t even do that due to a sore foot. He’s missing preseason action — both upcoming games against the Sixers in China — and coach Rick Carlisle made it sound like he could miss the start of the regular season as well, speaking to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.
“He won’t do anything on this trip. I can’t give you any kind of a soft timeline. It’s weeks, not days, as far as getting on the court for live action.
“He is making gradual progress. We’re just not at a point where we can talk about a hard timeline.”
That’s not good.
Nowitzki, 40, will become the first player in NBA history to play 21 consecutive seasons for the same franchise once he steps on the court this season. While his minutes and role have shrunk in recent seasons, he has still gotten on the court (at least 75 games each of the last five seasons). When he’s played, he’s been efficient, last season he averaged 12 points a game and shot 40.9 percent from three.
Hopefully for all of us, we get to see the big German and future Hall of Famer back on the court soon.