Injuries, according to Dirk Nowitzki, are to blame for the Mavs' slow start.

Dirk Nowitzki, a former Dallas Mavericks forward, hosted a global conference call on behalf of the NBA's 75th Anniversary on Monday.

He is considered one of the best players in NBA history, and was recently named one of the league's top 75 players.

After a stellar 21-year career in which he won the Mavericks' only championship, Nowitzki has been named a special advisor to the team.

He was asked about Dallas' slow start to the season during the press conference.

They've been worse than expected up to this point.

It's all about the injuries and being unable to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Mavericks have a fairly top-heavy roster, with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis at the helm.

Dallas' success is dependent on those two players, and the team suffers when one or both of them are unavailable.

Both have missed a significant amount of time so far this season.

There have been times when the team has been without one or both of their stars.

Nowitzki discussed the team's early struggles when it was shorthanded.

"I think we started off the season really well," the Hall of Famer said, "but I think some of the injury problems set us back a little bit."

"I think Porzingis missed six, seven games with back issues, then he came back and started playing really, really well, and then Luka rolled his ankle and I think he missed three or four games," says the coach.

This season has been up and down for the Mavericks.

As soon as things start to look promising and like they're about to take off, someone gets hurt.

That's a big reason why the Mavs are stuck at.500 for the season.

"I just think we haven't been healthy right when we try to hit our stride," Nowitzki said.

"I think it showed that when one of our best two players is out, we struggle to compete on both ends and sometimes lose games we should win, but when we're all healthy and KP and Luka are both playing, I think we're a very good team, so hopefully going forward, once Luka returns from his injury, we can stay healthy and make a good run."

The Mavericks have the talent to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference if they can stay healthy on a consistent basis.

The most important thing is to stay healthy throughout the playoffs, which has been a problem in recent years.

There's still plenty of time to turn things around in Dallas, which is roughly a third of the way through the 2021-22 season.

Furthermore, the Mavericks aren't the only team in the West that has had a slow start.

Despite their poor record, the Mavericks are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

With just one or two winning streaks over the next few months, they'll be right back near the top of the Western Conference standings, where they were projected to be, according to Nowitzki, who believes the season is still young. "The good thing is it's still early in December," he said.

"There's still a lot of basketball to be played, so we're hoping for a good run, but a good season always has ups and downs, so hopefully we're past the worst of it and can look forward to a good run here in the new year."

Dallas has a roster that has the potential to make an impact in the playoffs.

The Mavs have come close to knocking off the LA Clippers in the first round in each of the last two postseasons.

If they can stay healthy, they'll be a contender in the conference's second tier and a tough out in the playoffs.

"Of course, our goal has always been to make the Playoffs and, hopefully, get home-court advantage in the first round, which will be difficult in a tough Western Conference, but we'll see how the rest of the season plays out, but as I said, if we stay healthy and start shooting the ball a little bit better," he said.

The Mavericks' goal is to make the playoffs and, at the very least, get past the first round.

Growing pains were expected with a new head coach in Jason Kidd at the helm.

However, they've reached the point in the season where the roster should be gelling and a new coach can't be used as an excuse.

Don't be surprised to see the Mavs start climbing the standings if they can start hitting shots at the rate they know they can and get healthy.

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