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Dirk Nowitzki awarded Silver Laurel Leaf

Updated: August 28, 2011, 3:40 PM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was awarded Germany's highest honor for sport on Sunday, amid hopes that he will lead his country's team to the 2012 Olympics.

German President Christian Wulff presented Nowitzki with the Silver Laurel Leaf, praising the Mavericks forward as one of the "giants of German sport."

Nowitzki led the Mavericks to this year's NBA title over the Miami Heat and was named the finals MVP.

Wulff praised his fellow German for remaining ...

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