Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman Confirm They Will Play For Germany At EuroBasket 2011

Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman will both suit up for Germany at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania later this summer, according to the national team's website (via HoopsHype). Germany is looking to claim a bid to the 2012 London Olympics, and needs a top-two finish at EuroBasket to cinch one up.

Nowitzki and Kaman teamed up for the Germans in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but it didn't go too well: the team won just one game (a throttling of Angola) and finished 10th out of 12 teams. The talent level beyond Nowitzki has consistently been a problem for Germany, and it looks more like a miracle every day that Germany claimed a shocking gold at EuroBasket 2005.

Nowitzki didn't play in the 2010 World Championship, and Germany finished No. 17 out of 24 teams.

At EuroBasket, Germany is in Group B with Serbia, France and rising teams Israel, Latvia and Italy. The top three finishers in group play move on to the knockouts. EuroBasket begins August 31.

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