Great joy for the German world champions.Image: Cornerstone
After a surprise semi-final victory over the United States, Germany also beat the FIBA World Cup finalists in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. America's favorite suffers another disappointment.
September 10, 2023 at 5:14 pmSeptember 10, 2023 at 6:05 pm
While things are not going as planned for the German national football team, the national basketball team has achieved the greatest success in its history. Led by Dennis Schröder, the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP), the Germans were crowned world champions for the first time.
In the final in Manila, Germany beat Serbia 83:77 and celebrated its second international title after the European Championship in 1993. Gordon Herbert's team had previously beaten the United States to a complete surprise in the semi-finals. The title favorite then lost in the third-place match to Canada in overtime and, as in 2019, missed out on a World Cup medal.
The tournament's outstanding player also shined in the final match. Schroder, who will be a starting point guard for the Toronto Raptors next season, scored 28 points and converted some shots in key moments. Germany's success in defeating the Serbs, led by legendary coach Svetislav Pesic, was also due to their strong defence, especially after the break. While the score was still 47:47 into the first half, the Germans took a twelve-point lead into the third quarter and never relinquished the lead.
In the run-up to the tournament in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan, a debate erupted in the United States over the title of world champion. This came after three-time world sprint champion Noah Lyles criticized the NBA for teams calling themselves “world champions” after winning the title. So did the Denver Nuggets this year.
According to Lyles, they have no right to do so because it is a national league: “World champions what? From the United States? I like the United States – sometimes – but that's not the world.” Some NBA stars like Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were not happy with these statements.
The main argument was that the NBA champions were also the best team in the world and that the United States would dominate other countries at will. Now the record world champion has to realize for the second time in a row that the second guard is no longer enough to overcome countries like Germany or Canada.
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