DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki will not be returning to play basketball as soon as he'd hope to.
Nowitzki's body hasn't cooperated like he wanted it to. In essence, Nowitzki's body hasn't responded quickly to the rehab of the arthroscopic surgery the Dallas Mavericks forward underwent on his right knee on Oct. 19.
"I think originally when the last statement we put out (on Oct. 19) was it’s going to take six weeks before I do any basketball activity,'' Nowitzki said Tuesday. "Unfortunately, I tried, but I couldn’t cut the time down.
"We just started doing a little cardio in the pool, and riding the bike a little yesterday and riding the elliptical for the first time in a long time. So, saying all that, I think I’m still about two weeks out
before even getting on the court and start working out, start running, start shooting.''
Nowitzki went on to say: "That would put me right at six weeks before I get on the court. By that point, I’m assuming I need a good week or two to get in halfway decent playing shape running and shooting and doing all sorts of stuff.''
Thus, realistically speaking, Nowitzki believes he may not be able to play again until mid-December at the earliest.
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