Nowitzki still unsure when he will play

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DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki says he is still about two weeks away from getting back on the court to start running and shooting. He's not sure how long after that it will be before he makes his season debut for the Dallas Mavericks.

The perennial All-Star forward is recovering from knee surgery. He says the goal is for the swelling to be gone 100 percent and his strength to be 100 percent before playing. He said Tuesday it's getting better but he still feels "far away from" 100 percent.

Nowitzki this week has increased the intensity of off-court workouts to build his strength and conditioning.

He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 19, the first surgery for the 7-foot German who is in his 15th NBA season.

Haslem closing in on Heat rebound record

MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem is on the cusp of Heat history.

He enters Wednesday night's game against Milwaukee two rebounds away from passing Alonzo Mourning for Miami's all-time lead in that department.

Mourning grabbed 4,807 rebounds in 593 regular-season games with the Heat. Haslem is at 4,806 rebounds after 605 games.

Haslem has come a long way.

When he was trying to make the Miami Heat take notice of him a decade ago, assistant coach Keith Askins gave him one piece of unforgettable advice.

Askins told Haslem that everyone in the NBA can score, but not everyone rebounds.

Haslem took the hint and decided to make rebounding -- a chore he didn't always embrace in college -- a priority.

He made the team. And now, here he is 10 years later.

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