Dirk Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic knee surgery just a few days ago and was up and walking. He spoke with the media yesterday and answered questions ranging from his level of fear to why he didn't have the surgery earlier. The bottom line is Nowtizki is encouraged, but he is not ready to put a timetable on his return.
According to George Riba of WFAA in Dallas, Nowitzki will take things one day at a time, but the Mavericks are clearly a different team without him. However, Nowtizki will be back this season, it's just a matter of when.
"Well you know, a timetable at this point is pretty ridiculous to talk about," Nowitzki said. "Anytime you have surgery on the knee, there is going to be swelling afterwards, and it’s just hard to say right now when the swelling is going to be gone."Nowitzki has been an All-Star 11 times in his career. He has played 14 NBA seasons. Yet this is the first time he's had to go through a significant injury. The Mavericks just hope they can hold on while they wait for his return.
Nowitzki has averaged 22.9 points per game in his career. He adds 8.3 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists. Here is video from his press conference: