Comment on perspective after EM: Basketball players set a strong example for the future

It has been too much for German basketball players to feel proud immediately after a painful defeat. But this feeling will soon and quite rightly prevail in the team of national coach Gordon Herbert, despite the gripping 91:96 against Spain in the semi-finals of the European Championships – at the latest if they should succeed in winning the bronze medal in the match for third place on Sunday against Poland to back up.

In the past few weeks, the team has not only performed brilliantly in sport, but also played its way into the hearts of a community that is growing every day with passion, team spirit and courage. The preliminary round matches with German participation in Cologne and the final round games in Berlin were almost all sold out and up to four million viewers watched the semi-final duel with Spain on RTL on free TV. Then there were the fans who watched it online. These are strong values ​​for a sport that regularly seeks its way into the consciousness of a large audience.

The almost certain World Cup qualification is a good basis

Getting to that point is difficult enough, staying there is an even greater art. At least in the upper international sporting class, the DBB selection has established itself for the time being, after being in the quarter-finals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year. In Dennis Schröder, the team has a captain who, at the age of 29, has probably reached the best phase of his career. With an average of 21.6 points and 7.3 assists, he was the most successful thrower in the DBB selection at the European Championships and will soon be playing alongside LeBron James again at the Los Angeles Lakers.

And beyond that, there is reason for optimism. In Maxi Kleber, Isaiah Hartenstein, Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Tibor Pleiss, several strong players of NBA format or European renown were even missing this time. And Franz Wagner, who is just 21 years old, inspires the imagination for a successful future anyway, for which the basis has been created with the almost certain qualification for the 2023 World Cup in the Philippines as well as in Japan and Indonesia.

Whether the enthusiasm of the moment will lead to a lasting boom is another question that inevitably dominates the discussions, as it does after every successful tournament. But even if that shouldn’t be the case, the German national basketball team has done a great job: It gave its fans a successful summer with unforgettable games and sent a strong signal for the future. Nobody can ask more of her.

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