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    Kaman receives German passport; Will Play for Germany in Athens (post #4)

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    It is official now, Chris Kaman just received his German passport in the German consulate in Los Angeles. So the Germany now added big firepower in the paint for the upcoming Olympic qualification in Athens.

    With the help of German minister Wolfgang Schäuble, the US born Center with German roots is now cleared to play together with Dirk Nowitzki. As the details have been discussed with FIBA already in advance, Kaman is immediately avalaible to play for the National team. When he will join Dirk Bauermann and the rest of the squad will be determined in the next days.

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    YEEEAAAAAAAAAAH!HH!! Now we'Re ready to ROCK!!!

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    youre going to have to make it passed the qualifying tourney first

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    Kaman receives German passport; Will Play for Germany in Athens
    Source: FIBA.com
    HAGEN (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men) - NBA center Chris Kaman has received his German passport and can now play for the country’s national side at this month’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.

    The German Basketball Federation has confirmed the news that could give Dirk Bauermann’s team the edge it needs to qualify for the Beijing Games.

    "Chris has a tremendous quality and has strengthened our team certainly very significantly,” said national team boss Bauermann.

    “We will now in a short time try as well as possible to integrate him into the team so he can give us help in the Olympic qualifiers in Athens.”

    Germany talisman Dirk Nowitzki, the star player of the Dallas Mavericks, also expressed his delight over the addition of the 2.13m Kaman – a player he has competed against frequently.

    "Fantastic, this is a good message,” Nowitzki said. “With Chris, we are even stronger under the basket."

    Germany had been hit by a couple of high-profile withdrawals due to injuries.

    Mithat Demirel (eye) and Jo Herber (knee) had to pull out of the preliminary squad.

    While Germany still have veteran center Patrick Femerling, Kaman should give them an imposing presence on the interior on both ends of the floor.

    The 26-year-old is a leading player with the Clippers, having averaged 15.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks during the 2007-08 campaign.

    The Germans are clear favorites to win Group B at the qualifying event ahead of New Zealand and Cape Verde, with hosts Greece expected to finish top of Group A ahead of Brazil and Lebanon.

    Most will expect Baurmann’s team to take on the Brazilians, a team that has lost several prominent players through injury, in the quarter-finals.

    Three places for the Olympics are up for grabs in Athens.

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    I think it's time I started looking for some Germany tickets for the tourney!

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    This is huge for a team who was desperate for another star to team with Dirk.

    In the Euro tourney one or two summers ago I remember Dirk carrying that team on his back & they still got 3rd or 4th. He scored 40 pts in some of those games. Adding another legit player is huge for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndiansFan337 View Post
    This is huge for a team who was desperate for another star to team with Dirk.

    In the Euro tourney one or two summers ago I remember Dirk carrying that team on his back & they still got 3rd or 4th. He scored 40 pts in some of those games. Adding another legit player is huge for them.
    Dirk = Germany's national team. Without him their a bottom tier team for real.

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