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Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today:

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He will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com).

“I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,’' Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new team with new conditions and I want to set my focus on the next NBA season this summer.”

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been a fan of his players spending their summers playing for national teams, then coming into the NBA season a little drained. With the Mavericks, they need a fully rested team to make a run at the Lakers, and that is not a big window (Nowitzki is 32).

Nowitzki did say he would play for Germany next summer as it tries to qualify for the Olympics.