Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/23/14
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki was at times hopeful, at times humorous and at times a bit defiant as the Dallas Mavericks icon met the media Tuesday in his first post-surgery interview and, among other many points, called speculation about his timetable 'ridiculous.' But he also pledged to return to an All-Star level "back playing where I think I was at the end of last year." The UberMan is optimistic about his return, in every way. He's the one who first talked about the possibility of a return in three weeks from last Friday's arthroscopic surgery, which he himself termed "nothing major." But he scoffed at media attempts to lock him into that goal and in fact made note of the fact that twice in recent years he's rushed back from breaks, possibly prematurely. "I think two years ago, when I came back from my knee injury in the championship year, we didn't do too well," he recalled. "I was out for nine games. I probably came bac...
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