Even when he's at the age of 36, Dirk Nowitzki might return to national play for Team Germany if the squad is in position to make a run at the 2016 Olympics.
Frank Menz, Nowitzki's German coach, believes the Dallas Mavericks' forward is still leaving open the possibility of representing the country again.
"He said he really wanted to play for the national team," Menz said. "He always enjoyed it. And he wants all the younger players to one day have a chance to play at an Olympic Games. He had that experience. He said, 'But that's 2016. I have three more NBA seasons [until then].'
"And he's not the youngest player. He has a family now. So we'll see. But he's always in touch. He follows what we do. He has a chance and -- if we have a good team -- we might see."
Nowitzki led the German team to a silver medal in the EuroBasket tournament in 2005.