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Everybody's in for Germany
HAMBURG (EuroBasket 2015) - Everyone is putting his hand up for international duty this summer in Germany.
That was the good news delivered by new national team coach Chris Fleming this week at a press conference in Hamburg.
Nowitzki, who has not represented his country since EuroBasket 2011, will play in his 13th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
There are several months before the Germans begin their preparations for the EuroBasket in earnest, but it's clear that the build-up is going to be just as exciting as the games themselves in Berlin, the host city for Group B.
The German fans and players are eager for their team to re-establish itself as one of the leading sides in Europe.
The last time Germany made it to the podium of a EuroBasket was in 2005, when Nowitzki led them to a runners-up finish.
There have been some gutsy, gritty performances since, like last summer in the 2nd Qualification Round at home against Austria.
Defeat in that game could have been costly but Germany prevailed and ended up finishing second in the pool with four wins and two defeats behind Poland (5-1).
Other than Nowitzki, the player that has been making headlines has been Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder.
The 1.89m playmaker who averaged 15.3 points and 5.3 assists per game in the 2nd Qualification Round has been sensational for the Eastern Conference's best team, Atlanta.
In his last 10 games, Schroder has averaged 10.1ppg and 4.2apg in 19.3mpg.
He will also be involved in the All-Star Weekend festivities.
The German Basketball Federation (DBB), meanwhile, has announced that at the SuperCup 2015 in Hamburg from 21-23 August, the national team will play Latvia, Poland and Turkey, respectively.
"The Supercup has an enormous importance for us this year," Fleming said.
"Two weeks before the EuroBasket, we will test ourselves against very strong opponents..."