Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 10:47 am  |  10 responses

Dirk Nowitzki: ‘I’m Having Trouble Bending My Knees’

Like all NBA players, Dirk Nowitzki is slowing work his way into game shape, and the Mavs superstar told ESPNDallas that the biggest obstacle he’s currently facing is regaining his leg strength: “In the fourth quarter, when the Mavs — being the more-rested club — could have wrested control, Nowitzki hit a jumper early, added a couple of free throws, then a game-tying 3-pointer with 6:42 to play. It would be his final points of the game, with his only other shot attempts being two errant 27-footers. ‘I’m having trouble bending my knees,’ Nowitzki said. ‘I’ve just got to get my legs stronger, get my base back. I’ve got to use my legs in my shot, and hopefully they’ll come back soon.’ Nowitzki is finding that games are coming so quickly that as the body begins to get conditioned, it also fatigues because of the lack of recovery time. He played 33 minutes Wednesday and now must bounce back less than 24 hours later to face a surging Utah Jazz team that is 7-1 at home. ‘Some practice days, some lift days would be nice, but we just don’t have it,’ Nowitzki said. ‘This way you’ve got to just adjust on the fly.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    There is a doctor in your homeland who can supposedly help you with that Dirk.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Playing so many games last season (injured early as well) then for Germany @ Eurobasket took it’s toll, even with the lockout ‘break’.
    Every summer he plays for the national team, he tends to have a bad start to the season, probably now more than ever due to his age.
    More worried about the knee sleeve he’s been wearing for weeks now, might be a nagging pain he’s trying to stave off in that knee.
    THIS was why a motivated, in shape Lamar would have helped this team in general and D specifically.

  • Bawse

    Counting on Lamar is foolish! Ask the Lakers. He is sometimish.

  • logues

    dirk is looking like he is about 93 yrs old out there

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    This is probably why Dirk joked about using the Amnesty on him. lol

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    ‘sometimish’, i like that term.

  • bike

    Seems like that would be problem in a sport like basketball.


    Sounds just like me.

  • http://Germandlgd@yahoo.com German

    he’s old but if dallas don’t want him well take him for fisher and blake.

  • LA Huey

    Ish old folks say