NBA Rookie Franz Wagner has left the German BasketBallidol Dirk Nowitzki with its achievements in the North American Profiliga great impression. “Franz has all surprised us, he plays a great season,” said Nowitzki on Tuesday in Cologne: “He is an incredible all-round player at his age.”
The Berlin Wagner (20) comes in his first NBA playing time on average of 15.4 points for Orlando Magic and has convinced so far on a whole line. His older brother Moritz (24) is also playing for the Team of Florida, both belong to the many candidates for this year’s European Championship (1 to 18 September).
“If everyone is ready, we would have been available seven NBA players,” said Novitzki, who will be present as an EM ambassador in Cologne (preliminary round) and Berlin (final round): “I hope we play a great European Championship in the home country “
In the German cabin, the 43-year-old is expected to be found during the annual highlight. “It’s not planned at the moment that I’m in the team. That’s not my thing,” said Nowitzki. Already at the 2019 World Cup in China, he kept it that way.
The German national team has “a lot of potential. The boys played a great summer. They were at Olympia, which nobody had thought before,” says Novitzki, “I think we did a step forward.”
Success does not guarantee that for a long time. “Are they all fit? Fits the team well together?” That’s important questions about every tournament. Of course, “A Queen Happiness” also belong to “always with them”.
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The selection of the German Basketball Federation (DBB) meets in late summer in the preliminary round on France, Slovenia, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary. Four teams come into the second round. “It’s a heavy group that I have expired,” Nowitzki.
A real tournament favorite does not give it. “France is in front of Spain is always there,” said Nowitzki. The lucky charm also trusts the DBB team too: “If it goes to Berlin, everything is possible.”