Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 12:35 pm  |  27 responses

Germany: Cuban Won’t Let Dirk Play for Us

According to zee Germans, the man who signs Nowitzki’s checks won’t let him take part in the Euro championships: “The German basketball federation said Friday that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would not allow Nowitzki to take part in the championship, even though the forward has played for Germany at several major international events before. Federation president Ingo Weiss said there were no hard feelings, however, and that ‘we accept this decision completely.”‘

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  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    I’m not in too much disagreement. I say when you hit thirty, you probably should choose the NBA or FIBA and stop going to all these mini-international tournaments.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    What does Cuba and the Cubans have to do with Germany and Dirk?!? Damn commies!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I don’t blame him, after seeing the injuries to Tony Parker and Pau. Even minor injuries could impact a team trying to start out fast in the beginning of the season. And quiet as it’s kept, I’d bet some of the players would not be too mad to take some time off (Yao, are you listening?)

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Jukai: for many European players the European Championship is not a “mini-international tournament”.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    People are always telling International players to not play for their countries, acting like their governments are FORCING the players to play or something. The players WANT to play for their countries, do ya’ll get it?
    I don’t hear anybody ever complaining about an NBA star playing for Team USA. Nobody blames Team USA if its players get hurt, but other countries, hey, its the nation’s fault!

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    further proof of dirk’s fishtaconess. if manu and tony regularly reject pops orders, dirk shouldnt be worried about cubes.

  • Ryan dC

    Man, imagine if Jerry Buss said no to Kobe playing for Team USA, or the Cavs saying no to Lebron…

  • Josh D

    I thought Dirk was retiring from internationals anyway

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Ryan dC, wouldn’t it also be weird if Gregg Popovich didn’t let Manu Ginobili?!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Multi-million Football players like Ronaldo, Rooney and Kaka fly across the world to play in the most meaningless friendly games. Americans sometimes don’t understand how important the International games are to the Euros. Representing their country is as important (if not more) to some of them as playing in the NBA.

  • larrylegend

    i am too depressed to comment…this where 10 great years, thanks a lot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sesa.opas Sesa

    “we accept this decision completely” This statement sounded like the dude got paid by Cuban

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    You “accept this decision completely”? LIKE YOU HAVE A CHOICE! Dirk busted his butt for Germany the last 8-10 years and made them more than respectable again, only to watch teammates around him grow old, slow and no young talents to pick up the slack (except for Jagla). Then to add even more insult to this mess, they make the Olympics (lifelong Nowitzki dream) only to be eliminated by CHINA (with a recovering Yao Ming too)? Beijing was a disaster! No Okulaja (their heart & soul), no fight in the German team last summer! EFF the DBB (Germany’s national association), get Dirk some help and maybe he’d be willing to get triple teamed on every second play and hacked by the likes of Garbasucksa or Kiri-honey can i get a raise on my one cheat a year allowance-lenko! This time, i totally agree with Cuban. That Mavs frontcourt is so low on Talent (2nd Center, starting PF AND bench PF anyone?) that Dirk needs all the R&R he can get now. It’s gonna be a looooooooong season for him!

  • larrylegend

    germany did well before the olympics without okulaja…jagla will remain a talent for his career, i think…i am still depressed…

  • Jay-G

    Seems like a case of good cop-bad cop to me. Don’t really doesn’t want to play, but won’t come out and say it. Cuban takes the bad cop role by saying no.

  • L

    I did’nt hear that Kobe or Lebron was not allowed to play for their country. How come it is different when it comes to foreigners?? L

  • solito

    Share and stake holder value is much more important in these rough economic times. So, protecting your return of investment becomes a priority above all else.

    These days, even US College Coaches try to keep young foregin players from participating in their U20 National Tems. Same BS every Summer.

    As soon as availabilty becomes a problem, you will not see top foreign tallent in the NCAA anymore. Why else would they come? Eudcation… Yeah right! The coaching is just as good in Europe, and they don’t mind national team obligations.

    Also, the depature of top US prospect should be considered a trend for the time to come. If David Stern upholds the age limit we will see an exodus.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It consistently amazes me how passionate Darksaber is about Dirk.
    I have never, EVER met someone that passionate about Dirk in real life. Ever. I keep expecting Darksaber to tell us it’s all an elaborate joke, but it never happens. And I mean no disrespect by that, it just goes to show that almost every player can have fans.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Umm, thanks Allenp? Ah well, the guys been nothing but great to me, an unknown scrub in past his prime. I can’t stand how one sided he’s perceived here, although he’s top 10 all world. Oh well

  • chintao

    Darksaber has forced me to reconsider my mindless hate for Dirk. Now, I no longer spew venom at the Wizard of Wurzburg, without considering what Darksaber might think. In a what seems a reciprocal move, Darksaber no longer trashes ‘Melo at every turn. It’s a beautiful thing. Anyway, I mostly agree with Jay-G and Teddy on this one.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Luv ya too, chintao :-)

  • chintao

    Thanks, guy.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i am a bit disappointed though, Chintao. U are usually unapologetic about anything you feel strongly about (MJ, Kob’s etc.) Don’t tell me you’re getting soft..

  • chintao

    I need that viagara. Old age inevitably makes one soft. Anyway, I just never liked Dirk’s style of play. He has never indicated that he is force for evil (a la Air Patricide and Mambiatch). Further, Dirk really showed me something in the Olympics and during this year’s playoffs. Besides, can’t a nigg@ admit he was wrong without people making it all emotional and isht? Damn….. LOL.

  • chintao

    By the way, I am still waiting for Dirk to become a defensive presence in order to admit that I was COMPLETELY wrong….

  • chintao

    By the way, I am still waiting for Dirk to become a defensive presence, so that I can admit that I was COMPLETELY wrong.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Damn Chin, you do have a way with words. Air Patricide…. Hilarious. As for Dirk Werner becoming a defensive force (at least in the usual nba sense), don’t hold your breath. I might have crush on the guy, but i’m not delusional. Last one on one i had against him (2007) i kept giving him simple in/out dribbles and headfakes to create space for my jumper…. He bit most of the time