Daily Dirk update: Don't ask

DALLAS – The Cowboys’ season and coaching search are over, which means the Mavericks’ media horde swelled significantly.

The most pressing question, of course, is about Dirk Nowitzki’s pending return from a sprained right knee. But it’s not exactly a subject coach Rick Carlisle enjoys discussing, especially when the inquiries are coming from TV types making their first AAC appearances of the season.

“There aren’t going to be any Dirk updates,” Carlisle said when asked about Nowitzki’s progress. “We’ll let you know when he’s going to play.”

Another brave TV soul mustered the courage to follow that up by asking if Carlisle could share his hope or feeling about Nowitzki’s return.

“I would welcome another question on some other topic,” replied Carlisle, who tends to be frosty with midseason additions to the media horde.

There’s really not much new to share about Nowitzki, who said Friday that he hopes to return sometime during this four-game road trip. He was a limited participant during Monday’s practice, avoiding all contact.