Dirk Nowitzki, former star of the NBA and German National Team, became the global ambassador for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Basketball World Cup 2019. Nowitzki became the third global sports icon to be announced as the ambassador of the World Cup, which will be held for the first time with the participation of 32 countries, after Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant.
Having an amazing player career with Germany, Nowitzki, he always took place as a star in the process he was in tournaments. 2002 World Cup, he led the team in reaching third place, which is the best result of his country on the basis of world tournaments. He became the top scorer in the same tournament with an average of 24 points and was named the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the tournament.
In 2008, he led Germany to the finals of the FIBA Olympic Qualification Tournament and secured the country’s participation in the Beijing Olympic Games, contributing to Germany’s participation in the Olympic Games in basketball 16 years later. He served as the flag bearer of the German delegation at the Opening Ceremony.
Nowitzki, after reaching the NBA championship for the first time with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and winning the MVP award at the NBA Finals, the European Basketball. He returned to the German National Team to participate in the Championship. Dirk Nowitzki wore the national jersey for the last time in his country in the 2015 edition of EuroBasket, Europe’s largest basketball tournament, held in Berlin, Germany.
Last month, Nowitzki announced that he ended his NBA career, which lasted 21 years and spent the whole with the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki was also one of the best players to play in FIBA tournaments.
Nowitzki, the global ambassador, will help promote the World Cup by participating in events on the way to China 2019, as well as taking part in the first version of FIBA’s biggest tournament, the World Cup, with 32 teams.
Nowitzki stated that he is very excited to be the ambassador of the FIBA 2019 Basketball World Cup. “I am very excited to be the ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. I am honored to be joining Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant, who are among my peers and biggest competitors, to take on this prestigious role. I have very good memories of playing basketball’s top tournaments. It has always been a source of pride for me to wear the national team uniform and represent my country in FIBA competitions. I am fortunate to have performed on the world’s biggest stages in the World Cup, Olympic Games and EuroBasket tournaments. Helping Germany take third place at the World Cup in Indianapolis in 2002 was among the best moments in my career. Over the past two decades, I have personally seen the level of basketball rising and growing in the international game A World Cup with 32 teams,” he said in the form.
FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said, “It is a great privilege and honor for FIBA that an icon like Dirk Nowitzki has joined Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant as the global ambassador of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China. Dirk has taken on the leading role, always representing Germany in FIBA national team competitions with pride and commitment. He performed as a superstar for his team, leaving his fans and viewers in curiosity and asking them to wait to see more. Dirk is among the best players in international basketball history and we are very excited that he will be a part of China 2019, which will be a historic event.
By announcing Nowitzki as the third global ambassador, FIBA announced another of its impressive and exciting events on its way to China 2019. According to the statement made by FIBA, more exciting events will be held before the World Cup, which will start on August 31, including the Cup Tour.