Dallas Mavericks: World Championships

No Dirk-Kaman reunion(s) this summer

July, 20, 2010
7/20/10
11:41
AM CT
Dirk Nowitzki's decision to skip this summer’s World Championships in Turkey means that Chris Kaman will stop asking the (relieved) Clippers to let him play for Germany, too.

Had Nowitzki played in Turkey, Kaman badly wanted to join him again.

Sources say that the Mavericks, meanwhile, have continued to register trade interest in Kaman, which happened as recently as earlier this month before Dallas’ flirtations with an Al Jefferson trade and its eventual acquisition of Tyson Chandler.

The Clippers, though, continue to forcefully reject any attempts to acquire Kaman, who became an All-Star center last season and ranks as one of Nowitzki’s closest friends in the league after they co-led Germany to a berth in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Nowitzki announced in Germany on Tuesday that he plans to return to the national team next season for the 2011 European Championships in hopes of leading his country to qualification for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Mavs to get sneak peak of Chandler

July, 13, 2010
7/13/10
10:55
PM CT
New Maverick Tyson Chandler has been invited to the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas and will begin workouts there Friday, said Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

It will give Chandler's new bosses, assembled in Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League, a sneak preview of their 7-foot-1 backup center, who has battled foot and ankle injuries over the past two seasons.

"He is healthy for the first time in two years," Nelson said. "He feels great."

Chandler, traded Tuesday from Charlotte to Dallas, had a shot at making the 2008 Olympic team. Now fully recovered, he will try to make the 12-man roster that will comprise Team USA and compete in the World Championships on Aug. 28 - Sept. 12 in Turkey.

If Chandler makes the team, one side benefit will be that he'll get a head start getting to know Mavs head athletic trainer Casey Smith, who is a member of the Team USA medical staff.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9