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SBD Global/June 26, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks To Face Bundesliga Club In Berlin

Dirk Nowitzki will play in Germany with the NBA Dallas Mavericks for the first time.
NBA Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, will play one game in Berlin as part of NBA Europe Live 2012, according to KICKER. On Oct. 6, the '10-11 NBA Champion Mavericks will play against Basketball Bundesliga club ALBA Berlin. Nowitzki said, "A dream comes true. I look forward to Berlin's wonderful atmosphere. To be able to play in front of family and friends, and show my home country to my teammates, will be an unforgettable experience." The game will be Nowitzki's first game in Germany as a member of the Mavericks and not as a member of the German national team. It will also be the first game between an NBA team and a German BBL team (KICKER.de, 6/25). NBA Europe Live 2012 presented by BBVA is a series of pre-season games between two NBA teams, the Mavericks and Boston Celtics, and three Euroleague teams,  ALBA Berlin (Germany), EA7 Emporio Armani (Italy) and Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey). The four-game tour tips off on Oct. 5 when the Celtics play five-time Turkish Champion Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul at the newly-opened Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul. O2 World Berlin will be the venue for the homecoming of Nowitzki as the Mavericks take on eight-time German champion ALBA Berlin on Oct. 6. In Milan, Italy, 25-time Italian Champion EA7 Emporio Armani will match up against the Boston Celtics at the Mediolanum Forum on Oct. 7. The Mavericks will play an additional game in Spain with details to be announced in the near future (NBA).
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