Jul 22, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT
We’ll see how good Germany is as a team, but they have one formidable front line.
Dirk Nowitzki has made it official and will play for Germany this summer as the team tries to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. He will be joined on the front line by Clippers center Chris Kaman, according to the official FIBA site (via Hoopshype).
“The rest was short but I would like to help the young German national team to gain success in Eurobasket,” Nowitzki said. “I will do everything to keep fit and I’m looking forward to spending time with the guys.”
Kaman is a naturalized German citizen due to his ancestry and he played for Germany in 2008 in Beijing (where the team went 1-4 in group play).
EuroBasket starts Aug. 31 in Lithuania and will feature 22 teams trying to earn one of two automatic berths to the London Olympics. Teams that finish third through sixth will take part in the pre-Olympics qualifying tournament next year for a second shot to get in. To follow the summer tournaments keep on reading PBT and also check out FIBA’s road to London site.
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