Nowitzki practices for first time since surgery

DALLAS Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki on Wednesday participated in a full practice for the first time since undergoing preseason arthroscopic knee surgery.

The Mavs have not set a timetable for Nowitzki to play in games and is listed as out for their meeting with the Heat on Thursday night (Friday morning in Manila).

It was originally believed that Nowitzki could resume basketball activities within six weeks of the Oct. 19 surgery, but the 34-year-old’s recovery from his first knee operation has been slower than anticipated.

Before this injury, Nowitzki had never missed more than nine games in a single season.

Nowitzki had issues with the same knee two seasons ago when he missed time before the Mavs won their only NBA title, then skipped a week in January to strengthen and condition that knee.

The former MVP and 11-time All-Star is the franchise’s career leader in points and has averaged 22.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 14 seasons. Noli Cruz

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