The 2012-13 season was not an easy one for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. The German superstar saw his 11-year streak of consecutive All-Star game appearances end due to his injuries and the Mavs missed out on the playoffs. After missing out on Dwight Howard, Dallas took an alternative route this offseason and brought in some more talent, and it seems that Dirk is in terrific shape and ready to lead his team back to the postseason.
Physically, Nowitzki feels better than he has in a couple of years. The knee soreness and swelling that bothered him the last two preseasons — leading to arthroscopic surgery that sidelined him for two months last season — isn’t a factor. He’s in phenomenal shape after extending his offseason workout program. He’s moving better than he did a year ago.
“Now, it’s about getting one more game, probably playing a little bit more minutes, then getting some practice, getting some shots up at night,” Nowitzki said. “And then I’ll be ready to go.”
Last season Nowitzki averaged 17.3 points per game, the lowest mark in the 35-year-old’s career except for his rookie year. He was eased back into the lineup after his injury and didn’t really look like Dirk of old until the final stages of the regular season.