October 11, 2018, 2:15 pmDirk NowitzkiC/F, Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will not play in the Mavs' season opener.
Nowitzki is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and is set to be re-evaluated on October 12, though he won't be ready for game action next week regardless of how that goes. With Harrison Barnes also in doubt for the opener, the Mavs could need a number of players to step up in the early going. Dwight Powell will probably get the first crack at filling those backup frontcourt minutes.
Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter