Dirk Nowtizki announces retirement from German national group
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki may well still be playing at a higher level in the NBA but his international career has officially ended. According to Agence France-Presse, Nowitzki announced his retirement from the German national group on Sunday.
Nowitzki alluded to retiring from international play final summer and right after Germany lost to Spain in Eurobasket 2015, he became rather emotional, tearing up through a standing ovation. That loss primarily excluded Germany from the 2016 Olympics, a choice that the International Basketball Federation lately created official. That move by FIBA and his age clearly factored into Nowitzki’s selection to contact it a career at the international level.
Nowitzki will retire immediately after playing 153 games and scoring 3,045 points for the German national team. He was instrumental in assisting Germany win bronze in 2002 Planet Championships and silver inside the 2005 European Championships. Nowitzki also helped Germany qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, exactly where he was the German flag carrier in the games’ opening ceremony.
Nowitzki retiring from international competitors implies he’s nearing the finish of his basketball career as a entire. And at 37, Nowitzki continues to be top the Mavs by averaging 17.7 points and 6.eight rebounds. His profession may perhaps be even extended now that he won’t be suiting for Germany in future offseasons, which indicates we (thankfully) could be seeing Nowitzki’s patented one-legged jumper for at least a few more years.