DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks lead the NBA in different starting lineups with 15. But Saturday night at the AAC comes the most newsworthy, intriguing and important change of all: Dirk Nowitzki will make his season-debut as a first-teamer.
'We just feel it's time for him to do that,' said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle as the club prepared for its visit from the Hornets.
Dirk Nowitzki will get his first start of the season Saturday night when the Mavericks play host to the Hornets at the AAC.
"We're going to start Dirk tonight,'' Carlisle said, an announcement that marks a milestone in The UberMan's recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Oct. 19. It's been a slow climb; while returning to action during a difficult stretch in the Mavs' schedule, Dirk has played six games. Dallas is 1-5 in those games, with Nowitzki averaging 10 points per in 22 minutes of play.
On Wednesday, Dirk played in the second night of a back-to-back in...