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Dirk Nowitzki, other NBA stars gearing up for international play

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and his Germany teammates are in EuroBasket action beginning Saturday against Iceland.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and his Germany teammates are in EuroBasket action beginning Saturday against Iceland. Special to the Star-Telegram

NBA TV will present 10 live games from the FIBA Americas Championship and EuroBasket 2015 international tournaments, the latter featuring Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki of Germany.

Nowitzki is one of several NBA stars participating in EuroBasket 2015, along with Chicago Bulls and Spanish teammates Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, and San Antonio Spurs and French teammates Tony Parker and Boris Diaw.

Additional teams include Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Nowitzki and the German team begin play Saturday against Iceland in the first of five group-play games that will be held in Berlin. Germany follows with games against Serbia Sunday, Tuesday against Turkey, Wednesday against Italy and Sept. 10 against Spain.

Germany needs a top-two finish at EuroBasket to earn a berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

However, if Germany finishes third-through-sixth at EuroBasket they would earn a spot in the Olympic qualifying tournament. The top three teams in the Olympic qualifying tournament will land a trip to the Rio Olympics.

The 37-year-old Nowitzki last competed with the German squad in EuroBasket 2011 after leading the Mavericks to their first-ever NBA title. He led Germany to the EuroBasket final in 2005.

The network’s coverage will start with four second round games from the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City from Sept. 6-9. EuroBasket game coverage will tip off from Lille, France, with two quarterfinal games on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m. CST both days. Semifinal match-ups from EuroBasket 2015 will be televised Thursday, Sept. 17, andFriday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m.

Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett are expected to represent Canada alongside Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynk in the FIBA Americas Championship.

Additional teams include Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The finals participants in both the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship and EuroBasket 2015 will qualify for the 2016 Men’s Olympic Basketball Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Additional top finishers from each tournament will earn spots for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. For more information visit www.fibaamericas.com/mex2015 and www.eurobasket2015.org.

2015 FIBA Americas Championship

Date=Game=Time (Fort Worth time)

Sunday=*Second Round=TBD

Monday=Second Round=TBD

Wednesday=Second Round=TBD

EuroBasket 2015

Sept. 15=Quarterfinal=11:30 a.m.

Sept. 15=Quarterfinal=2 p.m.

Sept. 16=Quarterfinal=11:30 a.m.

Sept. 16=Quarterfinal=2 p.m.

Sept. 17=Semifinal=2 p.m.

Sept. 18=Semifinal=2 p.m.

*Teams and times TBD

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