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.
“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.”
Pau Gasol: I’m very proud of our team’s spirit! Tonight we have taken an important step in the tournament. Always an honor to play against Dirk, one of the best players to ever play the game. #Eurobasket2015
Caron Butler: Congrats my brother @Dirk Nowitzki Standing Ovation well deserved instagram.com/p/7d4BmOgjHK/