Mavericks’ Nowitzki to make season debut vs. Suns

Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki may be playing in his final season.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will make his long-awaited season debut in Thursday night’s road game against the Phoenix Suns, according to a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

Nowitzki, 40, has been out since April following left ankle surgery. He said he felt like he was progressing from the injury Nov. 28.

“It’s going good, but we really only started two weeks ago to run and jump and do all those things, so it’s going to take me awhile,” Nowitzki said. “I still don’t feel like my legs and my wind are great.”

Nowitzki could be playing his final season in what has been an illustrious career  — which includes two trips to the Finals and one championship.

“It’s going to be a fight to get back in game shape so I can stay out there and play a little bit,” he said. “It’s going to be a grind, but I’m going to make it fun and hopefully be out there soon.”

Nowitzki’s career began with the Mavs in 1998. He averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games last season.