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Volume 10 No. 22
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German Basketball Federation Applies For Wild Card For 2014 FIBA World Cup

The German Basketball Federation (DBB) "is applying for a wild card for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup," according to Anno Hecker of the FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG. Germany's "secret weapon" is NBA Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki. Should Germany receive the wild card, Nowitzki "could make a national team comeback." DBB President Rolf-Ingo Weiss said, "We can guarantee that Germany would assemble its best and most competitive team including our NBA players." It could mean that the DBB "is intensively working on gettting Nowitzki to return to the national squad for which he has not played in three years" (FAZ, 1/15)