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Dirk Nowitzki out against Rockets

Updated: October 15, 2012, 10:51 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will not play in Monday night's exhibition game against the Houston Rockets due to continued problems with his right knee.

After missing the Mavericks' exhibition loss to FC Barcelona Regal last week, Nowitzki mentioned that he might need to undergo surgery if the swelling returns to the knee. He had the knee drained for a second time during training camp last week and practiced Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"He'll talk to you ...

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