Dirk Nowitzki believes German basketball has a bright future ahead. Dennis Schroder, on the other hand, joked that the team made basketball sexy.

Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Germany knocked out Giannis Antetokounmpo's Greece and ultimately placed third in EuroBasket 2022, earning the first medal for the country since 2005.

Dirk Nowitzki was the leader of the roster in 2005. In 2022, he's the ambassador of the tournament, present in most key matches of the championship.

Talking with Magenta Sport after the third-place game, the legendary German player gave his opinion about the German national team and its future.

"The top players are still young. I believe that the future for German basketball is rosy," the former player said.

Dennis Schroder was the top man on the roster this EuroBasket. The guard, who recently signed a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 assists throughout the tournament.

After the third-place match, Schroder also talked about brining basketball to more people in Germany, a country where football takes the first five places in sports popularity lists, as the president of the German Basketball Federation (DBB) joked.

"I think we made basketball a little sexier in Germany," the player said. "I think the trend is going in the right direction. We have a super team, a lot of quality guys who play in big leagues. We won a lot of new fans who were in the arena and supported us. And I hope it gets bigger."

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Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk  Nowitzki
Position: PF
Age: 44
Height: 213 cm
Weight: 111 kg
Birth place: Wurzburg, Germany