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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 11:05 am  |  15 responses

Dirk Nowitzki May Play for Germany Again to Make Olympics


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban certainly won’t be happy to hear this. Dirk Nowitzki says he’d consider suiting up for Germany if they have a shot at qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil (when he’ll be 38 years old.) Per ESPN: “If I’m still healthy enough and we have a chance to qualify, then I’d consider it,’ Nowitzki said late Monday. Nowitzki was responding to statements made earlier Monday by Germany coach Frank Menz, who said after Germany’s elimination from the EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia that the face of the Dallas Mavericks has left open the possibility of a national-team return if the squad continues to progress. Germany failed to advance past the group stage of this month’s EuroBasket but turned heads with an upset of heavily favored France in its Group A opener. The Germans also prevented Israel from advancing out of the group with a narrow win in Monday’s Group A finale despite playing without Nowitzki, NBA veteran center Chris Kaman and Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Dennis Schroeder. Nowitzki, to this day, regards qualification for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing — with Kaman’s assistance — as an achievement on par with the NBA championship he won in Dallas in 2011. It’s Menz’s belief that adding the likes of Nowitzki and Schroeder to the promising cast of unheralded shooters Germany has assembled would put the Germans back in Olympic contention. ‘The boys looked great in that France game,’ Nowitzki said. ‘They had great phases and rough stretches after that, but it was hard for a young team to come back after an emotional win and play at a high level. That’s normal for a young team.’ Benz said: ‘[Nowitzki] wants all the younger players to one day have a chance to play at an Olympic Games. He had that experience. He said: ‘But that’s 2016. I have three more NBA seasons [until then].’ And he’s not the youngest player. He has a family now. So we’ll see. But he’s always in touch. He follows what we do. He has a chance and — if we have a good team — we might see.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    it might be the only way for them to make it

  • LLC#12

    The Olympics is a tough ask, only 12 teams can make it, and Germany are not likely to be a top 12 team again. I would have liked to have seen the field expand to 16, but the IOC shot that down.

    Personally, I’m of the opinion that it is better for the global growth of basketball if the FIBA World Cup is regarded as the top event, rather than the Olympics, but I can’t see that ever being the case.

    Have any of you guys been following the Eurobasket? It has truly been the most incredible tournament I can remember in terms of upsets, Slovenia beating Spain, Germany beating France, GB beating anyone, Finland beating Greece, Macedonia and Russia finishing bottom in their groups, Italy going 5-0…crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    really only 11 teams can make it. The Host Country gets an automatic bid.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Canada losing 3 straight after looking solid to start…

  • LLC#12

    Yeah I’m disappointed about that, I really wanted to see them qualify for the World Cup next year, to see what they could do if you added guys like Bennett, Wiggins & Olynyk to that roster. You never know though, they might still get a wildcard bid.

  • RKJ92

    We will have Wiggins, Bennett, Olynyk, Kabongo, and other up and comers next time we compete that weren’t on the team this year; so the drought will be over soon enough :)

  • Saleem Rainman

    yeah, but qualifying for the world cup was necessary, so that we could put guys liek wiggins and bennet and olynyk out on the floor on a big stage any time soon

  • RKJ92

    They will play when they are older, and more mature it’s better for Canada’s timing to compete as USA’s best players will be in their 30′s and some in their 40′s when our players are in their prime.

  • RKJ92

    USA will always obviously have talent coming in but we might have an experience advantage which would be ideal.

  • Saleem Rainman

    ah, yeah, but i doubt Team USA has guys that are into their mid 30′s to 40′s on their roster, i mean look at the team now, Kobe’s done playing for em, Wade is done too i think, reports are LeBron wont be playing for team USA anymore, they already have a wave of younger dudes coming in. Not to say Canada wont be good, but i think their ceiling is comparable to a team like Spain nowadays, clearly one of the best, with numerable NBA talents, but also clearly second to the states.

  • Mike Gilbert

    why would 40 year olds play on the USA team? Those guys are done

  • RKJ92

    Mike that’s the point lol.. I was talking about for example Kobe will be 40 it will be easier for Canada to capitalize when USA’s best players are already in their 30′s or entering them, and some even into their 40′s; obviously a 40 year old isn’t gonna be able to stay on team USA use common sense man hah

  • Mike Gilbert

    what do you mean USAs best players though…Once the current super stars turn 40, new young super stars will step up and take their place. Olympic basketball is a cycle of US domination man use common sense man hah

  • RKJ92

    Which I said ABOVE are you illiterate? you cannot read my previous comments? goddamn your slow.
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    “USA will always obviously have talent coming in but we might have an experience advantage which would be ideal.”

  • Mike Gilbert

    but why would you have an experience advantage? we don’t have just one class of hopeful players like you do right now. We have a constant stream of players of all ages and experience levels hoping to get a chance to play on the team

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