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GER – Kaman receives German passport, to play in Athens
HAGEN (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men) - NBA center Chris Kaman has received his German passport and can now play for the country’s national side at this month’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens.
The German Basketball Federation has confirmed the news that could give Dirk Bauermann’s team the edge it needs to qualify for the Beijing Games.
"Chris has a tremendous quality and has strengthened our team certainly very significantly,” said national team boss Bauermann.
“We will now in a short time try as well as possible to integrate him into the team so he can give us help in the Olympic qualifiers in Athens.”
Germany talisman Dirk Nowitzki, the star player of the Dallas Mavericks, also expressed his delight over the addition of the 2.13m Kaman – a player he has competed against frequently.
"Fantastic, this is a good message,” Nowitzki said. “With Chris, we are even stronger under the basket."
Germany had been hit by a couple of high-profile withdrawals due to injuries.
Mithat Demirel (eye) and Jo Herber (knee) had to pull out of the preliminary squad.
While Germany still have veteran center Patrick Femerling, Kaman should give them an imposing presence on the interior on both ends of the floor.
The 26-year-old is a leading player with the Clippers, having averaged 15.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks during the 2007-08 campaign.
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