Nowitzki will now try to use the team’s warm-up games to rekindle his form, expecting to receive a boost from playing in front of a hometown Berlin crowd when group play of EuroBasket begins in early September. “You know, if it had been in July or early August, then I think there would have been no chance,” Nowitzki explained after making the decision to return to international play in June. “That would have meant that I would have had to practice right through and not even take some time off. But this way it’s, like I said, in September. I’m usually here (in Dallas), playing with the guys anyways in five-on-five, so that really was the big key for me. That way, all month of May, I was traveling some, and June was off. I got some family time in. I was just home (in Germany) a couple of days, saw my family and went to the Champions League final in Berlin, so I had some great times already.”
After the victory in Xanthi tournament coach Fotis Katsikaris announced the final list of players for EuroBasket of the Greece national team. Dimitris Agravanis and Vladimir Janković the last two cuts, here the Greek roster: Nikos Zisis, Giannis Bourousis, Vassilis Spanoulis, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Giorgos Printezis, Nick Clathes, Kostas Papanikolaou, Kostas Sloukas, Stratos Perperoglou, Kostas Koufos, Vaggelis Mantzaris, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Serbian National team and Marjanovic’s agent wanted the Spurs to reconsider their decision, after citing the original physical conducted in Milan, didn’t reveal an injury. Thursday, in an exclusive interview with Blic Sport, Marjanovic said his intentions were to play for Serbia at Eurobasket, but ultimately, with the Spurs being his new team for his professional career, the final decision was in their hands. (The translation of quotes from the original article do need a few minor adjustments to English). “I’m so sorry for everything that happened, I had a great desire and motivation to play for the national team,” Marjanovic told Blic. “With impatience I waited start preparing the national team and work with the screen Djordjevic, but nothing is in my hands. From the first days of preparation there was a great atmosphere in the team, it’s a fantastic group of guys that I am convinced that it will be able to achieve the desired goal and placed on the Olympics.”