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Threat of surgery increases for Nowitzki

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08:11 AM ET 10.16 | Thanks to swelling that has returned to his right knee, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki's chances of avoiding arthroscopic surgery are slimming. After sitting out Monday night's preseason victory over Houston, Nowitzki revealed why, telling about a dozen reporters assembled around his locker that the only glimmer of positive news is that the knee didn't swell as much as it did during last week's trip to Germany and Spain. Nowitzki, 34, said his goal is still to avoid surgery, but this latest setback clearly has him feeling less optimistic. "I'm doing everything I can, conservatively, not to have surgery," he said. "I guess that's obvious, that I really don't want it done now."

The Dallas Morning News

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October 16, 2012  08:19 AM ET

"I guess that's obvious, that I really don't want it done now."
You should have done 3 months ago so you had enough time to heal.

October 16, 2012  08:20 AM ET
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"I guess that's obvious, that I really don't want it done now.
"You should have done 3 months ago so you had enough time to heal.

Which is why... he should go ahead and get it done NOW!!!

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October 16, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Just Do It, Bro.

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October 16, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Stick a fork in him.

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October 16, 2012  11:26 AM ET

Love that pic of Dirk. Looks like he wants to smack the SugarHoneyIcedTea out of the ref.

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