|03 June 2013|
|Steffen Hamann has played at four EuroBaskets, two World Championships and one Olympic basketball tournament during his national team career |
German point guard Steffen Hamann, who last played for the national team at EuroBasket 2011, has decided to put a definite end to his international career and will not return at the 2013 edition of the event in September.
"What the young guys are achieving is amazing," the Bayern Munich player told German TV channel Sport 1.
"So I will no longer stand in the way because, even if the coach likes me, this summer I would," he added.
Hamann was not included in the German team that, under coach Svetislav Pesic, impressed during last summer's Qualification Round campaign and punched their ticket to EuroBasket 2013 with a perfect 8-0 record.
Pesic is now the guard's boss at Bayern, but Frank Menz succeeded him as head coach of the national team in the winter.
Menz had said in March that he would consider including Hamann in the preliminary squad for September's big event in Slovenia, but only if he was 'very healthy and highly motivated.'
Heiko Schaffartzik and Per Günther shared the playmaker spot for Germany in the Qualification Round, combining for an average of 19 points and 6.6 assists per contest.
Both players are expected to be Menz's first options at the position also at the EuroBasket in Slovenia.
Hamann, who turns 32 next week, first suited up for the senior national team in 2003 and his first big tournament was the EuroBasket in Sweden, that same year.
He played almost uninterruptedly in every major event until 2011, with the only exception being EuroBasket 2005, when a Dirk Nowitzki-led Germany reached the final, their biggest success in the last 20 years along with the bronze medal at the 2002 World Championship.
The veteran point guard is now fully immersed in the battle of the German BEKO Bundesliga play-off semi-finals with Bayern.
The Bavarian side tied the series with reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg at 2-2 with an 80-71 win at home on Sunday and will play the deciding fifth game on the road on Thursday.
The other series, between EuroChallenge semi-finalists EWE Baskets Oldenburg and ratiopharm Ulm is also tied at 2-2, with the decider taking place in Oldenburg.
Germany were drawn in First Round Group A at the EuroBasket and will do battle with Great Britain, France, Belgium, Israel and Ukraine for a top-three finish that leads to the second phase of the tournament.