The 2012-2013 NBA season is going to start without a few of the league’s all-stars. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced yesterday that Kevin Love was expected to miss about 8 weeks after he injured his hand and now the Dallas Mavericks have announced that Dirk Nowitzki has undergone surgery and will be on the sidelines for at least 6 weeks.
The Mavericks wrote on Twitter:
“Dirk Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee. He is expected to resume on-court activities within approximately 6 weeks.”
According to Sports Illustrated, Dirk has played in just one of the Mavericks’ four pre-season games so far. Nowitzki will miss approximately 15 games if he remains on the sidelines during the next six weeks. SI notes that Nowitzki has only missed a 15 games during the last four seasons.
Nowitzki helped the Mavericks win the NBA title in 2011 and averaged 21.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season. With Dirk out of the lineup the Mavs will have to look to Elton Brand, Shawn Marion, and Brandon Wright to fill in the gap on the post.
Do you think the Dallas Mavericks will be able to grab some wins without Dirk during the first six weeks of the season? Is the NBA in for another injury plagued year?