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NBA players are based in North America, and Euroleague pros must also play for their clubs. And with the rest, the national coach Herbert should try to secure the ticket to the World Cup.

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10.11.2022 |: Status: 2:32 p.m

When Germany’s basketball bronze medalists return to the floor for competitive play for the first time on Friday, little of Berlin’s glamor will remain.

Captain Dennis Schroeder continues to recover from an injury suffered with the Los Angeles Lakers. Young star Franz Wagner of the Orlando Magic will play against NBA superstars like Stephen Curry or Luka Doncic in November, but not in World Cup qualifiers Bamberg or Koper, Slovenia. And the specialists of Alba Berlin? Munich “Bavaria”. to compete against each other in the national team with Euroleague clubs.

“Difficult situation”.

Almost two months after the EM medal coup, national coach Gordon Herbert faces a serious challenge again. “It is hard: It’s a complicated situation. It’s always a completely different lineup in the windows than in the tournaments,” Armin Andres, vice president of the German Basketball Association (DBB), told dpa.

When the return of the bronze heroes is touted this Friday (19:00 / Magentasport) against Finland in Bamberg, it seems little more than false labeling. With just three players from the European Championship squad in Justus Holatz, local hero Christian Sengfelder and nominated Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann, they were rarely used in the home tournaments in Cologne and Berlin. So, once again, it’s all zero for Herbert, who has to constantly work with changing lineups and still be able to perfect the 2023 World Cup qualification at the former basketball stronghold of Franconia.

DBB high praise from Herbert

“I’m really impressed with how Gordy is organizing it. Every day seems like bad news, you have to change the schedule all the time,” official Andres said. This time, not only NBA and Euroleague players are missing. Kenneth Ogbi, Dominic Lockhart, Leon Kreich and Kareem Jalo were all absent after the team was nominated.

However, the 63-year-old Herbert did not have many complaints in his first year as a national coach. “It’s a great opportunity to play in Germany again so soon after the European Championship. Also, in such a great basketball city and with the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup,” said the Canadian, who played seven games with the teams. sometimes severely weakened victories in eight qualifiers. Now it’s Germany vs. Finland, the winner will definitely go to the World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines in 2023.

“We still have to win one game, preferably on Friday in Bamberg. In that case, everything would be a little calmer,” Andres said. Then you can look forward to Monday’s (6:00 p.m.) match against the Slovenians, who will have to play with more composure without their star Doncic from the Dallas Mavericks. Detailed planning for next summer’s World Cup (August 25 to September 10) will not begin until next spring. Only after that, a draw will be held, in which of the three countries Germany will contest its preliminary stage.

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