National Academy of Sports Medicine

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki watches his teammates during the NBA friendly basketball match against FC Barcelona Regal on October 9, 2012 at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. (credit: JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Nowitzki Misses Game Trying To Avoid Surgery

Dirk Nowitzki sat out Monday night’s Mavs preseason game against the Rockets, saying “I’m doing everything I can not to have surgery.” But he could just be delaying the inevitable.