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Players run injury risk in international play

NBA owners hold their collective breath as their prized commodities play in international competition.

Updated: September 22, 2003, 2:02 PM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPN.com

Mark Cuban's annual summer nightmare just ended. We're not talking about the hangover from his Dallas Mavericks' inability to win at home in the Western Conference Finals. Or his team's inability to land a prized free agent.

We're talking about Germany's elimination in the ongoing European Olympic qualifier in Sweden. No more Germany means no more minutes for Dirk Nowitzki, Cuban's franchise forward who already has been hurt once playing this summer for the motherland. No more minutes means, ...

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