Sometimes it’s obvious how much Dirk Nowitzki loves the game of basketball. Despite three full NBA seasons until the 2016 Olympics, Dirk has left the door open for his return to the German national team, telling ESPN.com’s Mark Stein, ”If I’m still healthy enough and we have a chance to qualify, then I’d consider it.”
The German national team failed to get out of group play in this year’s Eurobasket, fielding a young team without NBA players Chris Kaman, Dirk, and recent Atlanta Hawks draftee Dennis Schroeder. The team did, however, beat heavily favored France and beat the Israeli national team (playing without Gal Mekel) to keep them from advancing as well. Nowitzki told Stein that, “the boys looked great in that France game. 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.”
Nowitzki leaving the door open also bodes well for his current thoughts about his NBA career. Though it’s widely assumed Dirk plays at least three more years, that he’d consider rejoining the German team years from now speaks well of how he feels about his current abilities. After two frustrating seasons limited by injuries, Nowitzki had been rather vague about how he felt about playing past his current contract. The young German team, a retooled Maverick squad, and entering the 2013 season healthy means there’s hope on the horizon for Dirk’s basketball career.
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