From 31.08.2011 until 18.09.2011 Lithuania will host the 37th FIBA European Basketball Championship.The event will be massive, including 24 countries for the final stage, and being a qualifying opportunity for the 2012 Olympic games many NBA players have confirmed their presence.Pau Gasol,Tony Parker,Danillo Gallinari,Andrea Bargnani are some of the names.Joakim Noah is also expected to play for France.
Dirk has also expressed the desire to participate in the event some months ago,explaining that all will depend on how far his team will go in the playoffs.The german national coach Dirk Bauermann was optimistic in the media even after the Lakers series that Dirk will answer his call.The other NBA player who plays for Germany,Chris Kaman has already made it clear long time ago that he will play, if Dirk will be there too.We all know that Kaman,being a champion all his life has a hard time to deal with losses lol
Dirk and Kaman were in the german team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics that finished 10th out 12 teams losing against the likes of Angola and China.Also at the 2010 FIBA World Championship (no Dirk and no Kaman), one year ago, they finished 17th out of 24 teams.
After wining the trophy this year I think Dirk will take some rest and pass but he hasn't addressed nothing yet about it.Sending his country to the 2008 Olympic games was a fulfilled dream for him...
What do you all think about it?