When Dirkules announced in June that he was willing to sacrifice another summer to the national team, the entire German basketball scene breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, Nowitzki is 37; yes, he has lost some speed; yes, his numbers have dropped a bit of late. But the legendary power forward returning, after what had seemed like a final ‘good-bye' at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, gives the Germans additional hope facing up to a rough Group B in Berlin. It has long been considered a shame that Nowitzki, one of the best, if not the best European player ever, never had a chance to play a tournament on home soil. Now, the chance to play in front of his loyal home fans, alongside the possibility to qualify for another Olympic Games, has lured the German Wunderkind out of national team retirement. Nowitzki, who is now the seventh leading scorer in NBA history and the leading scorer of all NBA players born outside the USA, will once more be the centrepiece of Germany's offence. Still a nightmare for almost any defender, Nowitzki needs so much attention that he frees up space for his team-mates. Expect Dirk to take his team on his shoulders and defy age to give the ‘Mannschaft' one more shot for glory.