HAGEN (EuroBasket 2011) - Dirk Nowitzki underlined his status as one of the greatest players in the game when leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA title.
Now the German basketball icon will try to help his country reach the Olympics again.
The German Basketball Federation announced on Friday that both he and fellow NBA big man Chris Kaman will play for the national team at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.
Should Nowitzki and Co reach the Final, they will book a place in the London Games.
If they come in third, fourth, fifth or sixth, Dirk Bauermann's team will be invited to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Nowitzki has been on a high since leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA title, a championship that was secured on June 12 when the Mavs beat Miami to clinch a 4-2 series victory in the Finals.
"The break was very short, but I would like to help the German team be successful at the EuroBasket,” Nowitzki said to basketball-bund.de.
"I will try now to do everything to get top fitness and am looking forward to the time with my teammates."
Both Nowitzki and Kaman are expected to join the team at the BEKO-Supercup (August 19-21) in Bamberg.
"This of course is great news for us all and for me as the coach," Germany coach Bauermann said.
"This decision gives us great momentum for the training camp that begins tomorrow.
"The decision of Dirk and Chris is great for German basketball.
"It shows how important the national team and playing together with the many young players is for both of them."
German Basketball Federation president Ingo Weiss is thrilled with the announcement.
"I was very relieved and I´m more than ever looking forward to the international preparation games in Germany and the EuroBasket in Lithuania," Weiss said.
The DBB announced they will try to finalize the required formalities with FIBA Europe as well as clarifying all insurance issues.
EuroBasket gets underway in Lithuania on August 31.