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NBA Training Camp 2012: Dirk out with knee injury

Mavericks fans are holding their breath as the team's lone superstar is being held out indefinitely due to soreness and swelling in his right knee.

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All eyes on Shawn Marion

With Dirk Nowitzki out for the time being, Dallas will need their new elder statesman to take on a bigger role on offense. Is he up to it?


Mavs hope Nowitzki can return in 3 weeks

The Dallas Mavericks hope that Dirk Nowitzki can return from his injury in three weeks.


Dirk Nowitzki out 6 weeks after knee surgery

Following surgery on Friday morning, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will miss six weeks.


Cuban says Dirk will 'be just fine'

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes the team will be all right with whatever happens with Dirk Nowitzki's swollen right knee.


How long could the Mavs survive without Dirk?

The Mavericks superstar is as indispensable to the team as he's ever been and even an absence of a few weeks at the start of the season could prove disastrous.


Dirk will wait before making decision on surgery

Dirk Nowitzki's knee has reportedly begun to swell again. The Mavericks' forward has been dealing with a knee injury throughout the preseason, requiring his knee to be drained twice in the past month. It has kept him out of preseason games, including their latest one.

Nowitzki was forced to sit out on Monday night as the Mavs took on the Houston Rockets, and missed out on their preseason game against FC Barcelona Regal in Spain prior to that. Despite the missed games and needing another drainage in his knee, he had practiced every day over the weekend.

Ideally, Nowitzki will be back in decent enough health to play by Oct. 30, when the Mavericks open their season against the Los Angeles Lakers. Surgery on the knee has been on the table for a while now, but Nowitzki has not indicated a decision.


Dirk Nowitzki has full practice on Friday

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki had a full practice on Thursday. He is currently dealing with a sore right knee.


Dirk Nowitzki may need arthroscopic knee surgery

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki might need arthroscopic knee surgery before the 2012-13 season begins.


What happens if Dirk Nowitzki needs surgery?

Dirk Nowitzki is nursing a knee injury for the second-straight training camp, and Dallas Mavericks fans seem to be a little uneasy.

Right now, Nowitzki is planning to play through the pain, but he isn't ruling surgery out. But SB Nation's Mavs Moneyball outlines what would happen if the big man opted for surgery. Assuming arthroscopic knee surgery would take Nowitzki five weeks of recovery, the author says "nine games in an 82-game season isn't much."

Why nine games? Because Nowitzki could opt for surgery now and come back nine games into the season. Mavs Moneyball asks the question if surgery now is worth it:

Would you take a healthy, problem free Dirk and a 4-5 record, with 72 games to play in the season [if he has surgery] over a ticking time bomb and a 6-3 or 7-2 record [if he doesn't]? You would, and I would. But they haven't made that decision.

As the author points out, Nowitzki treated the same injury last season without surgery. But if a chronic problem can be fixed, it's an interesting question.


Darren Collison and the Dallas PG's

Shaky play in the first two pre-season games hasn't rested any fears about the Mavericks ability to replace Jason Kidd and Jason Terry in 2013.


Dirk Nowitzki's right knee is sore, swollen

For the second straight training camp, Dirk Nowitzki is playing with a knee injury.


Rodrigue Beaubois injured in exhibition win

Backup point guard Rodrigue Beaubois hurt his ankle in the Dallas Mavericks' victory against Alba Berlin on Saturday.


Dirk Nowitzki honored with award in Europe

Dirk Nowitzki is being awarded the AmCham Germany TransAtlantic Partnership Award.


Dallas Mavericks begin week in Europe

Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks are making a trek through Europe this week. The tour is partially a trip to help the Mavericks bond, but it is also something of a tribute tour for the most decorated European player in NBA history.

Dallas will begin the trip in Nowitzki's home country of Germany, where the Mavericks will play an exhibition game against Alba Berlin. In addition to the 100 tickets that Nowitzki will be giving to family members and friends, the game is sold out.

The Mavs will be heading to Spain on Sunday to take on FC Barcelona Regal and watch the El Clasico match between Barcelona's soccer club and Real Madrid.

For Nowitzki, the short European tour will be packed with scheduled appearances before the German media and others. Regarding his responsibilities during the trip, Nowitzki said, "Now that I've seen my schedule, I wonder what am I wishing for?"


Three big questions about the Mavericks season

A look at three things to watch as Dallas begins training camp for the 2012-2013 season.


Dirk, Mavs get set for camp

Dirk Nowitzki in better condition entering the Dallas Mavericks' training camp this season


Elton Brand vows to be enforcer in the paint

Elton Brand may be the answer for a Dallas Mavericks team looking for an enforcer to protect the paint. The team struggled at times to protect the rim last season after losing center Tyson Chandler, and Brand discussed his role on the defensive side of the ball as the Mavs' training camp got underway (via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas)

"I'm definitely going to have to anchor the defense, bring toughness," the 6-foot-9, 254-pound Brand said. "I'm not proud of it, but I think I led the league in flagrant fouls last year. You've got to bring that. In order to win, you've got to do those kind of things, protect that paint."

Brand was a name offseason acquisition for Mark Cuban, and his power forward build certainly enables him to play the role of enforcer.

The veteran has dealt with knee injuries throughout his career, but he started 60 games for the Sixers last season, playing just under 30 minutes per game. He averages nearly two blocks per game for his career, and a front line led by Dirk Nowitzki will certainly look for his help on the defensive end of the floor.

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