While he's going to be patient during his rehab, Dirk Nowitzki said he has no doubt he will return as strong as ever.

"If I would have had reconstructive knee surgery, then probably, yeah," he said about being concerned whether he could perform at the same level. "But I don't think this was anything major. It was something that needed to be done after 14 years of playing and jumping and running. But hopefully I should be fine in a couple of weeks, and I should be back playing where I think I was at the end of last year."