Al Horford expects to play for Dominican Republic at 2014 FIBA World Cup

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Al Horford wants to play for the Dominican Republic at next summer's FIBA World Cup.

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford expects to play for the Dominican Republic this summer at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Horford sat out the FIBA Americas this past summer but the Dominican Republic was able to qualify for the World Cup without him. Now Horford is eyeing a return to international competition.

"God willing," he said, "I will represent the country at the World Cup. "It's only a question of me being healthy. I feel very proud to represent my country."

It will be another busy summer for international competition. The FIBA World Cup is a 24 team tournament that will be held from August 30 - September 14. Twenty of the twenty-four teams have qualified for the tournament with four wild card selections that will be announced in February. Team USA qualified via their gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

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