Dirk Nowitzki is still not exactly close to returning. However, Wednesday he resumed basketball activities for the first time since his surgery. Nowitzki underwent right knee surgery on October 19th. He was not expected to miss much time, but his recovery was slower than anticipated. The injury is Nowitzki's first severe injury.
Tim Macmahon of ESPN Dallas says Nowitzki has taken some shots and did some running Wednesday. However, the Mavericks' star is still a long way off from a return. His return to the court is not expected for a few weeks.
"The swelling is gone, so now I think we can push it more and more from week to week," Nowitzki said. "I did a lot of cardio last week. Now, I'm actually trying to run the court, get some shots up. Maybe next week, start running more, start cutting and reintroduce more week by week. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, I'll get back out there."Nowitzki has not played a game this season because of the injury. When he returns to the court, the Mavericks hope Nowitzki can vault the team into the playoffs. Nowitzki has carried the team in the past, he will just have to do it in a shorter time frame this season.
Nowitzki has averaged 22.9 points per game in his career and 8.3 rebounds per game. He is an eleven-time All-Star and has led the Mavericks to the playoffs 12 times in his 14-year career.