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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Coop in Europe: Mavericks arrive in Dirk's homeland

By Chuck Cooperstein

ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Chuck Cooperstein, aka "The Voice of the Mavericks", is with the Dallas Mavericks on their first European excursion and will blog on the team's events daily for ESPNDallas.com.

The Dallas Mavericks are on German soil.

Their overnight flight touched down at Schonefeld Airport at 8:42 local time (1:42 AM Dallas time), after an intermediate stop in Goose Bay, Newfoundland for refueling. About an hour later, they were at their hotel, in the shadow of the historic Brandenburg Gate.

Dirk Nowitzki was first off the team bus, and was cheered as about 100 people lining the entrance to the hotel looked on.

After breakfast, there was a quick autograph session where several balls and jerseys commemorating the Mavericks first European trip were signed. Later Thursday, as part of NBA Cares, the Mavericks will head to the outskirts of the city to dedicate the refurbishing of an outdoor basketball court. Nowitzki will hold a media session for German reporters, and the team will briefly practice at the O2 Arena, where they will play Alba Berlin on Saturday night at 8:00 (1:00 PM Dallas time)