Germans love David Hasselhoff. And David Hasselhoff loves Germans ... especially Dirk Nowitzki.
The Hollywood legend was PUMPED his favorite NBA star scored 30,000 career points this week -- and gave the 38-year-old a little German message to congratulate him!
By the way, Hoff says he loved when Dirk covered his famous song, "Looking for Freedom" a few years ago ... and says it's about time they got together for a duet!
DO IT, DIRK!!!!!