Dennis Schröder is enjoying his role as the new captain of the German national team and once again emphasized the importance of the position for him shortly before the start of the European basketball tournament.
“It’s a great honor. I couldn’t have imagined that when I was 21,” the 28-year-old said at the preliminary round in Cologne.
Nationals coach Gordon Herbert recently named longtime NBA professional Schröder as team captain (“an easy decision”). Robin Benzing had previously been removed from the Canadian national team in the home tournament.
A great honor for Nowitzki
on Thursday (8:30 p.m./Sports Magenta) EuroBasket for the selection of the German Basketball Federation (DBB) started with the opening game against the candidate France. Before that, the national jersey of Dirk Nowitzki was pulled under the ceiling of the hall and “retired”, the number 14 was not assigned.
“We are happy for him. But we have work to do,” Schröder said at the ceremony. He is looking forward to a full Lanxess Arena. “In Cologne in front of 18,000, it will be unbelievable. We can’t wait,” said the man from Braunschweig.
The DBB team is aiming for a medal
Schröder stressed: “We are focused on defense, we have done well in the last few games, although not for 40 minutes. .”
The DBB team, which has set itself the goal of a medal, looks “from day to day”, Schröder, “from game to game”.
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