Things are in a state of questionable despair with the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki needing to get arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right knee. There was a figurative dark cloud looming over the American Airlines Center on Monday night as the Mavericks had their first home preseason game against the Houston Rockets. Despite big performances from new Mavericks, everyone wondered what Dirk would have to say after the game. We obviously continue playing the waiting game, but there were tangible positives that the Mavericks can build off of, whether or not Dirk is in the mix or not.
The three new rookies, Jared Cunningham, Bernard James and Jae Crowder, showed that they were not afraid of the moment of playing in an NBA game (even if it was the preseason). Out of the three rookies, there was one who has caught my eye and I truly believe will have a chance to become a member of the eight or nine -rotation this season.