Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third child on Friday


DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is a father again.

Dirk’s wife, Jessica, gave birth to a son, Morris, on Friday. The couple also has a three-and-a-half year old daughter and a one-and-a-half year old son.

Morris Nowitzki came into the world weighing seven pounds and nine ounces and is 20-and-a-half inches long.

"Things went well, wife is doing good, baby is doing good, so that’s good news,’’ Nowitzki said after Saturday’s practice. "We’re at three now.

"It’s crazy how fast stuff has to go.’’

Nowitzki has missed the last three games because of a sore right Achilles. He also missed Friday’s practice for personal reasons -- so he could be on hand for the birth of his son.

"We’ve been busy this week,’’ Nowitzki said. "Every healthy child is a blessing in a way.

"We’re enjoying it, but hopefully I’m looking forward to getting out on the court soon.’’

Nowitzki doesn’t know yet if he’ll be healthy enough to play in Monday’s game in New York against the Knicks, or in Wednesday’s game in Boston against the Celtics.

As far as his third child is concerned, Nowitzki said: "He looks just like the other two. So it’s a blessing for sure.’’