What in the world? Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman grew up in Michigan. We're not sure he's ever been to Germany.
But that doesn't mean he won't start at center for the German national team as it tries to qualify for the Olympics.
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki read Kaman's comments a few weeks ago that he would rather take part in the qualifying trials than play in "some cheesy summer league."
The center also mentioned how his father's blood line contained German ancestry.
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Nowitzki got Kaman's phone number and began to text him.
After a few exchanges, Nowitzki told Kaman, "I would love to have you on board" and contacted the German Federation.
"I put them together," the Mavericks star forward said. "They've got to figure out his history. He had to give them all the names of his relatives.
RILEY IS BACK WITH HEAT -- The Pat Riley scouting tour is over, for at least a few days.
Riley was back with the Miami Heat on Sunday, coaching his team against the Mavericks. He missed Friday night's game against the Orlando Magic because he was midway through a three-day trip to evaluate top college players who most likely will be available in the NBA draft.
"Got a lot of notes, did a lot of travel," Riley said. "Four cities in two days and saw the players, so far, that I needed to see. Now we move on."
The Heat, assured a spot in the NBA draft lottery, has the league's worst record -- and, as of now, the best chance of obtaining the top pick in the June draft. Because the team believes the draft will play a crucial role in its rebuilding, Heat owner Micky Arison asked Riley to see several conference tournaments and evaluate top college prospects in person.
Riley said the trip afforded him the chance to see certain things that aren't necessarily caught on television or tape, like the way a player warms up before a game and how attentive he is during timeouts and on the bench.
"When you get down, up and close, you feel the presence of a player," Riley said. "You can see the presence of a player."
Riley studied a list of prospects that included Kansas State's Michael Beasley, Memphis' Derrick Rose and LSU's Anthony Randolph -- all freshmen presumed to be entering the draft.