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Alba Berlin, Brose Baskets Bamberg and EWE Baskets Oldenburg are interested in NCAA Champion Niels Giffey. The German forward won his second NCAA title with the Huskies averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds as senior in college. There were already reports about a deal reached with Alba Berlin but the rumors were denied. Giffey hopes to play NBA Summer League this summer and see if he can get a spot in the NBA. It is more likely that he will start his pro career in Europe and the German bigs are already pursuing him for next seasons. Sportando

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Lopez was eventually the one lying on the ground. It was October 2002, and the Timberwolves took on the Boston Celtics in a preseason game at an obscure arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lopez charged into swingman Paul Pierce and twisted awkwardly. He tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, and writhed on the floor, fearing the worst. It was over. Lopez, who was entering his fifth season, rehabilitated, but never played another regular-season game in the NBA. Living in Miami, he transitioned to television, working for Telemundo as an analyst, but wanted back on court after a while. He had a daughter named Anuhea Alexa, and left the States to play in Europe, suiting up for a team in Oldenburg, Germany. The new country piqued his interest, and he drove for hours on off days, stopping at the Berlin Wall, touring Munich and drinking in Oktoberfest. He was enchanted by the journey. “They walk 10 miles to the woods and suddenly there’s a castle,” Lopez says. “When you get there they just have beer after beer after beer.” He followed the bouncing ball to Spain, back stateside and through South America. International competition always thrilled him, but sometimes the unexpected clipped Lopez. New York Daily News

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Bryant convinced O’Neal to undergo plasma-rich therapy on both knees in Germany, a procedure that has extended the careers of several professional athletes. “Going to Germany gave me a different outlook on things,” he said. “When you tried everything, every shot possible, you’re like, ‘OK, well, maybe it’s just time.’ I had the knee surgery, fought back, had the wrist surgery, had to fight back, and it was just like, ‘I’ve got to give myself one more shot at it.’ “I wasn’t going to give myself one more shot until Kobe called me. It was something we talked about. I met him over there, and after the first day I picked Phoenix [in free agency] because I knew they had a great training staff and there were no expectations whatsoever. And it really allowed me to see what I had left in the tank.” Boston Globe

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David Pick: 31-year-old Washington alumnus PG Will Conroy is working out with German side Vechta, I'm told. Likely to join for ROS. Twitter @IAmDPick

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Coby Karl will continue his career in Germany with MHP Ludwigsburg, a source told Sportando. The American guard/forward, son of the NBA coach of the year, started the season with Reggio Emilia of Italy. Sportando

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BBC Bayreuth made official the signing of Will Conroy. The player already debuted in Bundesliga scoring 4 points in the loss 95-80 to Ludwigsburg. Sportando

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Dirk Nowitzki might not be done with international basketball, even at the age of 36. Germany coach Frank Menz said Monday that the Dallas Mavericks forward would consider a return to FIBA competition if the national team looks capable of making a run at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Nowitzki last played for Germany at the 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. But Nowitzki was fatigued after the Mavericks' run to the NBA title, and the Germans failed to reach the quarterfinals, ending hopes of reaching last summer's Olympics in London. ESPN.com

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