Nowitzki becomes the third global sporting icon to be named an ambassador of the first-ever 32-team World Cup, joining Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant.
Nowitzki has had an illustrious playing career for Germany and consistently was a star performer at FIBA competitions for the better part of two decades (1999-2015).
In 2002, he led his country to its best-ever result at the World Cup, a third-place finish – the nation’s only medal/podium at the world level (World Cup and Olympic Games). He was named the tournament’s MVP and was its top scorer, averaging 24 points a game.
As a global ambassador, Nowitzki will help promote the World Cup by taking part in activities on the Road to China 2019 as well as being present at the first-ever 32-team edition of FIBA’s flagship competition.
Nowitzki said: “I’m very excited to become an ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. It’s an honor to join Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant, some of my contemporaries and biggest rivals, in taking up this prestigious role.
“I have so many great memories of playing in basketball’s top competitions. Wearing the national team jersey and representing my country in FIBA competitions has always been a source of immense pride for me. I have been fortunate to perform on the world’s biggest stages – at World Cups, Olympic Games and EuroBaskets. Helping Germany finish third at the World Cup in Indianapolis in 2002 ranks among the best moments in my career.
“Over the past two decades, I have personally seen the level of play in the international game evolve and grow. A World Cup with 32 teams can bring national team basketball to a level that has never been reached before and can be the most competitive event ever.”