Found January 23, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
Nba_lakers_vs_5c77
If there's an NBA story I never expected to read, it's that Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki became so tired of playing basketball that he failed to get in proper shape for the start of this season. But that's exactly what the greatest European player of all-time and one of the league's most celebrated gym rats told us this past week. It's even led normally sane NBA observers to wonder if Nowitzki, at age 33, has suddenly hit the proverbial wall. But no matter where you stand, it had to raise some eyebrows when Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and the team's medical staff decided to remove the 7-footer from the lineup for a four-game stretch to allow him a chance to improve his conditioning, as well as his ailing knee. The fact that Nowitzki didn't put up much of a fight tells you the gravity of the situation. This season was supposed to be about whether the Mavs could somehow compensate for the loss of free agents Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea. Nowitzki'...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Nowitzki Regrets Playing In European Championships

Dirk Nowitzki said he should have rested after the Mavs won the title.

Nowitzki on conditioning assignment

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki will sit out for at least the next four games, starting with Saturday night's contest in New Orleans, so the star forward can get in better game shape. Carlisle says Nowitzki needs ''an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues.'' The Mavs coach says Nowitzki...

Suns survive trip but remain stuck in limbo

For at least half of Monday night's game in Dallas, it looked like the Suns could finish a daunting five-city road trip with more wins than losses. With Dirk Nowitzki in street clothes due to a knee injury, it seemed a perfect opportunity to topple the defending champion Mavericks. After trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Suns climbed back to within striking...

Mavericks' Nowitzki will miss four games with sore knee

Dirk Nowitzki has been noticeably struggling with his condition in the early going of the season.

Phoenix Suns (6-9) at Dallas Mavericks (10-7), 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Reigning NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki is battling a sore right knee and will need some time off to get back to last season's championship form.

Dallas Mavericks Split Latest Road Trip 2-2 With Win Over The New Orleans Hornets

No Dirk Nowitzki, oh no what are we going to do? Well according to Rick Carlisle, other guys are going to have to step up to the plate and cover both ends of the court and pull off the win without their all-star player. Prior to tonight’s game, Carlisle advised the media that he was sitting Dirk for the next four games due to knee issues or should I say, conditioning issues and...

Dirk Nowitzki out 4 games for “conditioning”

Just prior to Dallas’ game against New Orleans, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle informed the media that Dirk Nowitzki would miss four straight games to work on “conditioning issues” according to multiple sources.   BREAKING: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki will be out at least four games to work on his conditioning.Sat Jan 21…

Short-handed Mavericks take down Suns

Short-handed Mavericks, playing without Dirk Nowitzki, defeat Suns, extending home win streak.

The Dallas Mavericks Get Heated Win Over The Utah Jazz

If there is any one place that doesn’t and I mean doesn’t like the Dallas Mavericks, especially their number one star, Dirk Nowitzki, it’s in Utah; and lo and behold Dallas narrowly escaped playing the Jazz with a win, but it wasn’t a pretty win. During the first part of this game, it was a back and forth situation, runs here and runs there and Dallas barely got the edge...

Kiszla: Nuggets' Gallo is nothing to whine about

OK, let's dispense with the nonsense about Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari. Please stop with the comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki before somebody strains all credibility or a back muscle.

Mavs drop reeling Hornets minus Dirk

Lamar Odom scored 16 points in his first start of the season and the Dallas Mavericks overcame the absence of Dirk Nowitzki to send the New Orleans Hornets to a seventh-straight loss, 83-81 on Saturday night.
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.