The Dallas Mavericks have been without star, Dirk Nowitzki, so far this season. According to reports, the big man is still weeks away from making his way back to the court. How does this impact the team?
The wait for Dirk Nowitzki’s 21st season to begin is going to have to be a little longer for Dallas Mavericks fans, as reports out today say that the big German is still weeks away from a return, as opposed to days. Dwain Price, writer for Mavs.com reported the news leading up to the game tonight between Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The lack of Dirk on the court has been disappointing this year. Most fans believe that this will be the final season of the likely first ballot Hall of Famer’s career. Although he has not made a decision on future seasons past this one, 21 years is already an unprecedented accomplishment for an NBA player.
Despite Dirk not being on the court, he has been an important part of the team this year with his leadership and locker room presence. Very few people in the league demand as much respect as Dirk does and he is the perfect leader to a team with Coach Carlisle at the helm.
The hope for Dirk is that he can still get in over 50 games this year. The only time Nowitzki has not topped 50 games in a season was in his rookie year where he played in 47. That was also the last time Dirk was not a regular starter for the Mavs, so I guess you could say what goes around, comes around.
When Dirk does return, the Mavs will surely give him a standing ovation and he will be welcomed back on the court with open arms and open shots. At least open for a 7-footer.
It is tough to speculate when the Dallas Mavericks will get their superstar back. Although he may be doing well avoiding his final tour that some of the greats have gotten, we just want to see him back on the court. If only for one more year.