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Dirk's Deutschland

A writer in Germany takes in the Brose Baskets Bamberg v. Alba Berlin championship game and reflects on what Dirk Nowitzki means to his countrymen.

Updated: June 22, 2011, 3:23 PM ET
By Nicholas Kulish

At the final game of the German basketball championships in Bamberg on Saturday, screams and noisemakers and applause blend together in a terrible roar, focused and directed by the corps of drummers behind the home basket. Don't think marching band. Think Roman galley. Think ancient war drums. It's still 45 minutes until tip-off and the place is barely half-full. Welcome to the capital of Germany's basketball nation.

The official name of the Bamberg basketball stadium is the Stechert Arena, ...

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