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Nowitzki Says Recovery Timetable "Ridiculous"

All-Star expected to miss six weeks

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    Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki says he's encouraged after the first knee surgery of his career but says a timetable for his return is "pretty ridiculous to talk about." (Published Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012)

    Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki says he's encouraged after the first knee surgery of his career but says a timetable for his return is "pretty ridiculous to talk about."

    Nowitzki walked gingerly but without a noticeable limp on Tuesday, four days after arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right knee. Coach Rick Carlisle said the 11-time All-Star was expected to miss six weeks.

    The 34-year-old Nowitzki battled soreness and swelling in the knee throughout training camp and only played in one preseason game -- the opener in his native Germany.

    Nowitzki has never missed more than nine games in a season during his 14-year career, but the Mavericks are likely to be more than 10 games into the season before he returns.