Dirk Nowitzki 'Break' From Mavericks Will Allow Forward To Work On Conditioning, Strength

Dirk Nowitzki sat out the Dallas Mavericks' game Saturday and will rest for three additional home games. But the way that he and coach Rick Carlisle explain it, Dirk won't be doing any resting at all. Nowitzki said he has been bothered in recent weeks by soreness in his right knee. That has prevented him from running and lifting weights to maintain and improve his in-season conditioning. Now the knee feels better, but his conditioning is shot. During the break from on-court action, Nowitzki will work on getting back into shape.

As quoted by Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Carlisle indicates that it will be a boot camp of sort for Dirk.

"With Dirk out he's going to be busting his [butt] this week," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We're going to be on him hard -- he's got a lot of work to do. If things go like we think they'll go, by the end of the week he'll be back ready to play."

For more on the Mavericks, visit Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.