Dirk Nowitzki Reportedly Underwent Ankle Surgery Yesterday

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks reportedly underwent season-ending ankle surgery yesterday. This report came as a surprise to most, as it was not commonly known that he was experiencing an ailment in his ankle.

Although the surgery was reportedly minor, Dirk Nowitzki is still 39-years old and in the twilight years of his career. Any step backwards for the Big German, who has stuck with his story of wanting to be back next year, is still a big concern.

The story was first reported by Tim MacMahon of ESPN, who said that the procedure was considered minor and will not effect his decision on a 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Although it is disappointing to hear that there is even a possibility at this point that Dirk might not be back in a Mavs uniform again, the report sounds pretty hopeful that we will get at least one more year out of the greatest Maverick of all time.

The follow up reports from Marc Stein of the New York Times seemed to be even more optimistic for another year of basketball from the Ghostface Drilla.

This last tweet is extra telling of the impressive abilities of Dirk even at the ripe old age of 39. The fact that he was able to play through this ankle injury shows just how tough and focused he is while on the court. Although his movement definitely looks slow and painful, it is good to hear that this is not entirely due to old age.

The Dallas Mavericks official Twitter also released an announcement on the ankle situation:

The hope for everyone is that Dirk Nowitzki decides to come back for another year. Although his play has taken a bit of a hit, there is no doubt that he is still a capable player on the court who is beloved by an entire fanbase and a vast majority of the NBA fans of the world.

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The next few months and weeks will be important to the impending decision from Dirk on whether season #21 will happen. Any hindrance with the ankle could add concern to the return, but for now, we will stay hopeful that Dirk will be back for one more year.