Nowitzki won't play at worlds
The German basketball federation said Tuesday that the nine-time NBA All-Star would be back for the 2011 European Championship that also will serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics in London.
"Next summer I'd like to try with the team to make our common goal of playing at the Olympics," Nowitzki said in a statement published by the federation.
The announcement came shortly after the Mavericks signed the 32-year-old Nowitzki to a new contract, a deal reportedly worth more than $80 million for four years.
"I signed a new contract in Dallas, where there are new conditions with a new team and I'd like to concentrate 100 percent this summer on the upcoming NBA season," the German federation quoted Nowitzki as saying.
The 12-year NBA veteran was the league's MVP in 2007. On Jan. 13, he became the 34th player in league history to reach 20,000 career points. He ranks 27th among all-time scorers.
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