However, Cuban understood the emotional pull of Nowitzki representing Germany in his home country and did not attempt to influence his decision. “I think it’s great,” Cuban told ESPN.com through the Cyber Dust messaging app Thursday. “Games are being played in Germany. It will be a chance for his fans there to see him play.”
Nowitzki, who ranks seventh on the league’s all-time scoring list, announced his decision to compete at EuroBasket 2015 on Thursday morning at a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. “I’ve chosen to be in Berlin,” Nowitzki said, according to the EuroBasket website, referring to the host city for Group B in this year’s tournament. “I’ve had the whole month of May and used it to gain some distance and enjoy family time. Of course, I also have consulted the matter with my wife.
David Pick: Tibor Pleiss — “Rumor that I’m going to Bayern is nonsense.” I’m told, though, Barcelona role isn’t to his liking.
Tibor Pleiss denied on Facebook that he will leave FC Barcelona. The German big man said that he has no deals in place with Bayern Munich. “Before people spread more nonsense. There’s no truth in the rumour that I’ll go to FC Bayern. I am very confortable in Barcelona. There’s no reason for me to engage with other clubs” Pleiss wrote.
The season is not over yet, however the presence of Tibor Pleiss in the roster of Barcelona is already considered a unsuccessful experiment. That’s why the player will not continue to wear “Blaugrana” next season and according to Eurohoops sources his next professional destination is going to be Bayern Munich.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Kings Jason Thompson traveling overseas to support younger brother Ryan Thompson, Bamberg in German playoffs.
On how much Nike gear he’s accumulated over the years: Nowitzki: “What I do is, you can order these days. When you represent Nike, you can’t always wear the older stuff. You can’t walk in and wear clothes from five-six years ago. So what I do is, some older stuff, once in a while I pack some bags and take it to Germany with me. I’ve got a bunch of guy friends that I grew up with that play basketball that are also 6-11, 6-10, 7-feet. And they usually clean me out. They can have everything, old shirts, old sweaters, sweatsuits and everything, shorts, shoes.”
Paul Zipser decided to enter the 2015 NBA Draft. The German forward is playing with Bayern Munich and is averaging 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in 14 minutes per contest.
Brose Baskets Bamberg announced the signing of Darius Miller. Miller has played 5 games with the Pelicans this season averaging 0.4 points.
A better rule is to count all players not born in the U.S. and who did not attend a U.S. high school. That puts Spain, with 220 WAR, at the top. And the Gasols make up nearly three-quarters of their home country’s NBA success. The other top players from Spain include Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez, among others. Germany slides to fourth, behind the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, using this method. Why? Because Detlef Schrempf (and his 90 career WAR) is excluded from this analysis. Schrempf, German-born and raised, moved to the U.S. to finish high school. The Virgin Islands, being a territory, arguably doesn’t count as international, but it competes under its own flag so it’s broken out here. Tim Duncan is responsible for the bulk of the Virgin Islands’ WAR; Hakeem Olajuwon similarly for Nigeria.
The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls are among four NBA teams that have shown an interest in swingman D.J. Kennedy, a leading candidate for the Most Valuable Player in the top German league, sources told RealGM.
The Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons have also reached out to Kennedy, a source said. With a deal for the remainder of the German season, Kennedy is a potential option for the summer and next season.
Justin Cobbs is signing with Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt, according to sources. The American rookie has started the season with Baskonia where he was for the training camp. Then he moved to the NBA having the training camp with the Hornets. Cobbs has started his professional career in Latvia with VEF Riga where he has played a few weeks on a tryout contract.
Considering the absence of injured Anton Gavel and captain Bryce Taylor, Bayern seems on the verge of signing Bo McCalebb. According to sources from Germany the former Fenerbahce/ Ulker and Siena guard is about to sign with the German club but only for one month.
A full offseason to recover proved not enough for Lakers forward Xavier Henry to heal from a surgically repaired right knee. So Henry will travel to New York City and Germany for additional treatment, ensuring that will stay sidelined for the Lakers’ four remaining preseason games. The Lakers estimate Henry will return Oct. 24, four days before the Lakers’ season opener against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Henry will see Dr. Keith Pyne in New York City for a second opinion. Henry will then see Dr. Jens Hartmann in Dusseldorf, Germany sometime next week and undergo Regenokine treatment, a non-invasive procedure that Kobe Bryant has undergone numerous times in recent seasons. The treatment will entail blood being removed from Henry’s knee and spun in a centrifuge. Doctors will then create a serum and inject it back into his knee to fight off proteins and molecules that cause inflammation.
09 Oct 14
And what better place for Bonner to give his expert critique than the famous Hasir Restaurant. It was there that Bonner tried the Döner Kebap sandwich, which is nearly as popular in Germany as hamburgers and hot dogs are.
17 Sep 14
According to reports from the German newspaper SportBild, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has given Germany’s NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki permission to take part in basketball’s 2015 European Championships. After being asked whether he would be allowed to return to the national team, the 36-year-old Nowitzki answered with “Yes.” The Würzburg-born star is the focus of the team, but his most recent international outing is a while back: He last played for Germany in the 2011 European Championships in Lithuania. At the EuroBasket two years ago, Cuban put his foot down and said no.