Dirk Nowitzki Practices With Dallas Mavericks, Not Opposed to Coming Off Bench

Oct 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) rests his knee during the game against the Houston Rockets at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 123-104. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Since undergoing offseason surgery to clean up his knee, Dallas Mavericks veteran forward Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t seen the floor, much less the practice court.

But Wednesday, according to ESPNDallas.com, Nowitzki returned to practice and will be eyeing a return to the lineup sometime after Christmas.

But whether he will be back with the starters right off the bat or not is still in question.

“(Coming off the bench is) something I guess we need to talk about when it gets to that point,” Nowitzki said. “I’m not opposed to obviously coming off the bench at the beginning and slowly finding my rhythm, but I think that’s something we need to talk about when it gets closer. We haven’t addressed that yet, but it’s obvious I’m not going to play 35 minutes my first game out.”

Nowitzki’s character has never been called into question and, as a team guy, it’s not surprising that he wouldn’t question coming off the bench for the Mavericks.

In his absence, Dallas is 12-13 and currently sit at No. 10 in the Western Conference. With a health Nowitzki, their offense and defense should see an uptick in production and they should be considered a sure-fire playoff team.

In his first season with the Mavericks, swingman O.J. Mayo has taken the bulk of the offensive load, averaging 20 points per game thus far in the early season.

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