No basketball player has ever received such an honor.

Author: Mindaugas Augustis especially for Delfi from Cologne,

The Dallas Mavericks crowd left the Lanxess Arena smiling Thursday night. But he was not removed from the closet in honor of Luka Doncic. As Texas owner Marco Cuban or coach Jason Kidd, who did not visit Cologne, writes Krepšinis.ltThe German national team has no choice but to start the European Basketball Championship with a victory. There are obligations, not just 18,000 people. Fans standing in the Lanxess Arena at the end of the first day, not just Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President or President of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). On Thursday, the most important person in Cologne was Dirk Nowitzki, who received such an honor that neither Arvydas Sabonis nor Michael Jordan could boast. This is the first time in history that a national team jersey has been brought to the stage: No, one in the German national team will wear the number 14 shirt and the number 41 will find himself in the same position this year. In Dallas, it is common for club legends to be forgotten in this way, as previous FIBA ​​rules did not allow D. Nowitzki, who retired from basketball three years ago. “This is a great honor, it means a lot to me,” he said. The steps of his beloved Charles Barkley. And when he came to the NBA he had to change his numbers because Robert Pack, who played for Kaunas “Žalgiris” in 2004-2005, did not want to transfer the numbers held by the “Mavericks” to the kids. Europe used to bring world championship medals to Germany. L. Dončičius is also sitting in the first row, having only time to change clothes after the previous match between Slovenia and Lithuania – D. Nowitzkis became the last coach when the Slovenian prodigy moved to the club. “Dallas. At that time, the current generation of German basketball players paid their respects a few hours later – D. Nowitzki’s shirt-raising ceremony was a concert of the hosts of Group B against France.” I hope Dirk likes it, he deserves every second of the event. It is unbelievable how much someone, especially a German, has given international basketball and the NBA. Dirk is the strongest winger of all time. Great personality too. “We can even play together at the 2015 European Championships, it was a great experience for me,” said Dennis Schroder, who is considered the successor to the 44-year-old. . The Houston Rockets defender has been asked if he can hope to say goodbye one day. Yes, so far Dirk is the only person in Europe to receive such an honor. Let him enjoy the moment peacefully and now we have to think about the champion. “D. Schroder smiled. However, on such an occasion the Germans could not afford to lose. Gordon Herbert’s Third Gold Finally, the students left no hope for the Frenchman, who was considered satisfied – 76:63. Although D. Schroder himself was far from light and scored four points in half time. Time on the field, but someone rolls the ball into the basket. In the German rankings: Johannes Thiemann scored 14 points, Maodo Lo added 13 and Niels Giffey spent last season in “galgiris”. “Our team is amazing – it’s not like before. Everyone believes in themselves and each other, everyone tries to contribute, everyone is satisfied and happy, no matter who scores.” D. Schroder assured at the time that in the camp of the Tokyo Olympic Vice-President, who will play the Lithuanians on Saturday, the tall man stood out: Guerschon Yabusele scored 18 points. Rudy Gobert – 11 points and 12 rebounds. The latter said that in such a group you have to take all opponents seriously. “No one said it would be easy. The Germans just proved they are a strong team. We met a capable team at home. We understand that the whole championship is a process that we will improve the game of. We are with each game. Yes, this time we are not good, but it is not all negative, it is also positive. We will watch the video and see what we have to deal with. But it is clear that we made too many mistakes, I missed. Three penalties myself, I made the wrong decision. If we stretch the next game will be completely different. After the first day of our team game it was clear we had to take a pair. “Every game here is serious, we have to be prepared for a tough fight,” the midfielder, who will wear the Minnesota Timberwolves kit, said in a commentary: “NBA next season. From 6.45pm Lithuanian time. In the next Group B match on Thursday, Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Hungary 95:85. Lithuania lost to Slovenia 85:92.

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