Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/10/13
In the Olympic summer of 2016 Dirk Nowitzki will be 38 years old. But Nowitzki says he'll indeed consider a return to international basketball that summer if he thinks his return to the German national squad can clinch a spot for his homeland in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. "If I'm still healthy enough and we have a chance to qualify then I'd consider it" Nowitzki told ESPN.com late Monday. Nowitzki was responding to statements made earlier Monday by Germany coach Frank Menz who told ESPN.com's Mark Woods after Germany's elimination from the EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia that the face of the Dallas Mavericks has left open the possibility of a national-team return if the squad continues to progress. Germany failed to advance past the group stage of this month's EuroBasket but turned heads with an upset of heavily favored France in its Group A opener. The Germans also prevented Israel from advancing out of the group with a narrow win in Monday's Group A finale despite playing without Nowitzki NBA veteran center Chris Kaman and Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Dennis Schroeder. Nowitzki to this day regards qualification for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing -- with Kaman's assistance -- as an achievement on par with the NBA championship he won in Dallas in 2011. It's Menz's belief that adding the likes of Nowitzki and Schroeder to the promising cast of unheralded shooters Germany has assembled would put the Germans back in Olympic contention. "The boys looked great in that France game" Nowitzki said. "They had great phases and rough stretches after that but it was hard for a young team to come back after an emotional win and play at a high level. That's normal for a young team."
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