Not just figuratively, as it turns out.
Dirk Nowitzki not only got more help this season, but he's toting fewer pounds.
The 7-footer said he was playing at about 255 pounds last season and now has shed down to 243 as training camp opened.
That should be good news. Not that Dirk was out of shape or anything like that, but a few less pounds of wear and stress on his knees and ankles couldn't hurt. And by the way, those ankles have been extremely durable in recent seasons after he had consistent problems with them earlier in his career.