Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  7 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Regrets Playing in Euro Championships

Hindsight being 20/20, Dirk Nowitzki says now that he shouldn’t have played for Germany this summer, following a grueling run to his first NBA championship. From ESPN: “Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will sit out the next four games to engage in a week of behind-the-scenes conditioning work to strengthen his sore right knee starting with Saturday’s visit to the New Orleans Hornets, coach Rick Carlisle announced. Carlisle said Nowitzki needs ‘an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues.’ He emphasized that the break is designed to help Nowitzki, who is expected to return Jan. 29 against San Antonio, get into better game shape. [...] Nowitzki, historically one of the most regimented workers in the league, has not shied away from the fact that he is not in typical game condition. On Wednesday, he said a combination of last season’s run to the championship, followed by playing for Germany in the Olympic qualifying tournament in late summer and then a long layoff are at the root of his knee problem. ‘It’s just getting back in the groove,’ Nowitzki said. ‘We didn’t have the training camp that we wanted to. After the Euros [the Olympic qualifying tournament last summer] I was just sick of basketball, but I probably took too long of a time off, so it’s going to take me a while to get back into it. But, [his knee's] a lot better than it was three weeks ago, so that’s encouraging and we’ll keep on working … Playing in the Euros, looking back now was obviously not the right decision, but it was a decision I made for my country,’ Nowitzki said. ‘But it definitely didn’t help me get ready for the season. So I started working out basically late November, then I had a good three weeks or a month for five, six games a week, so it wasn’t cutting it. I consider this week here, for me, as another week of training camp where I can use it and get better. Got a little fire back; a lot of guys say I’m done. I obviously read the stuff. Hopefully, I’ll be back soon.’”

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  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Some people think he’s DONE?! Really!
    Those people need to watch another sport, just 2 weeks ago, D and his bad knee were driving past KG for a game winner on the road. Done my butt.
    Actually was shocked to see him decide to play in Lithuania, the last few summers before that, he didn’t join the national team and played exceptional Nba seasons.
    Germany’s team needs to start counting on others to keep them on an all-world level, Dirk should no longer be guilted/pressured to suit up for Bauermann and co.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    As a fan, I think representing your country during your much deserved “down time” is extremely commendable. As an owner signing cheques, though, it must be extremely frustrating to see your players come to camp exhausted/out of shape after playing international ball. Turko, Calderon, Dirk have all missed games/training camps siting international ball as their reason for getting hurt or requiring time off. I’ve also seen players like Yao and Jorge Garbojosa rush back from injuries to represent their countries, then have these same injuries plague their careers.
    What are your thoughts on representing your country in the summer at the expense of representing your NBA team that pays you?

  • ab40

    Dirk getting his captain hindsight on. Good thing the Mavs are stacked and he can probably take a month of and they’ll still be in the thick of it


    Word. But he gotta stop bit(hin. Take it like a man !!!!!

  • shutup

    I was rooting for the heat last year in the finals, I regret him playing in the NBA Finals, lol

  • ttc

    I understand he wanted to play for his country, especially after winning an NBA title..they partied like crazy over in Germany when Dallas won and they treated him like a hero as soon as he came back over there after the Championship..with all that love & support it’s really hard to say no..

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    @AQWORD…it doesn’t sound like he’s bit(hing or something. Dirk aint that young though, but he’s still deadly and still capable of being the top dog in a team.