Mavs' chemistry stale without Dirk

Nowitzki's surgery poses risk to new roster's development, postseason tenure

Updated: October 23, 2012, 2:55 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- As Rick Carlisle's good buddy Bill Walton used to say, it can only be minor surgery if the operation is on somebody else's body.

Nevertheless, the scope on Dirk Nowitzki's right knee falls into that category. Sources indicate that the Dallas Mavericks are optimistic that the face of their franchise could be back on the floor by the middle of November.

At that point, the remodeled Mavs will attempt to hit the reset button on their season. If only it were so simple to blend ...

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