DALLAS -- "I'm doing everything I can to avoid surgery," Dirk Nowitzki announced late Monday after sitting out the Dallas Mavericks' preseason home-opening win over Houston. "I guess that's obvious that I really don't want it done now." Dirk's desire to not miss games is admirable, though some wisdom - and continued swelling in the knee - suggests he is delaying the inevitable.
Dirk Nowitzki declined to speak before the 123-104 preseason victory and declined to play in the game as well. Why? That troublesome swelling has returned to his right knee.
"I'm doing everything I can not to have surgery," Nowitzki said, stressing his wish to be "conservative." "I guess that's obvious that I really don't want it done now. If I want to do it, I would love to do it after the season, get through the season somehow."
Frankly, though. this is the second Dallas Mavericks training camp in a row Dirk's endured a sore right knee. Last year -- maybe in part due to Nowitzki not coming into camp in...