Germany Rumors

Dirk Nowitzki not finished with international basketball?

By virtue of their early exit here, the Germans cannot qualify directly for Rio 2016. However a recent, belated change to the process to obtain berths in Brazil next summer means that any country taking part in the current round of continental championships can bid to host -– and participate in — one of the three Olympic Qualification Tournaments, to take place early next summer. And with the German Federation understood to be considering a bid, the presumption that this was Nowitzki’s farewell may be mis-placed.
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“I thought so,” the former NBA MVP told reports in Berlin. “But now, I’ve heard that there is a chance to get a wild card to host a pre-Olympic tournament. “So we’ll just have to wait to see, or come back together next summer and talk about it. But for me, in my head, at the end, that was it. That’s why I got emotional. I was exhausted, I left it all out there and we couldn’t come through, so it was very disappointing.”