I do not think many people will come out and say publicly that Dirk Nowitzki picked a bad time to have knee surgery, but I get the sense there are some grumblings about it. After all, it was not like he got hurt and then decided to have surgery, it was something that must have built over time, and he waited until two weeks before the season started to get it done.
But Dirk says the injury really just snuck up on him.
I think there was no indication that it needed to be done,” Dirk said. “I had no problem all summer. I had some trouble last year when the season started, but then I made it through the season great. I didn’t have any swelling again for the rest of the season, didn’t have any swelling over the summer. Even when I started working out, running, lifting, shooting in Germany, I didn’t have any swelling at all. I was actually thinking I’m getting through the season fine. So I had a little setback, and that’s why it had to be done.
I do not blame Dirk for waiting. I...