Mavs power forward Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will not participate in EuroBasket 2013, the European basketball championship in Slovenia, according to NBC Sports. Nowitzki’s interview with a German sports site was translated by Sportando:
The German forward did not play last summer to with German National Team. Nowitzki, who is still out after the knee surgery, thinks that Mark Cuban won’t allow him to play [in] EuroBasket.
“It will be very hard for me to be in Slovenia” said Nowitzki to Sport1.de. “Right now, I look forward to join my Mavericks teammates on the court and play a game.”
The tournament will take place next September. Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. At the time, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle estimated the 14-year veteran would miss six weeks. No specific return date has been set, but the Dallas Morning News reports that Nowitzki may begin taking part in on-court activities soon.