Dennis Schroder’s focus is firmly on the present and future, leaving behind any lingering thoughts about Germany’s performance in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, no matter how disheartening it might have been.
Indeed, four years have elapsed, and during this time, Germany has showcased its prowess. The team’s journey to the Quarter-Finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics followed by a podium finish and securing the bronze medal in the FIBA EuroBasket 2022 have injected a surge of positivity.
For the standout guard of Germany, the priority now rests in capitalizing on the strides made by the team over recent years, with a primary focus on etching new chapters in the annals of basketball history, particularly in the ongoing World Cup.
Schroder shared his sentiments, stating, “Just last year, we managed to clinch the bronze in the [EuroBasket]. We’re embracing the upcoming challenge and are wholeheartedly committed to investing everything we individually and collectively possess to once again etch our names in history.”
Their trajectory appears to be steering them in the right direction. Most recently, Germany exhibited their dominance by overpowering Finland with a commanding score of 101-75, concluding Group E with an unblemished 3-0 record. Their resolute performance was unwavering, even though they were guaranteed a spot in the Second Round as the leading team from their group.
This particular group, which many dubbed the “Group of Death,” alongside Australia, Finland, and Japan, witnessed Schroder and his teammates emerge triumphant against all odds. They navigated this challenging segment with determination and emerged unscathed.
Securing a place in the Second Round this year carries significant significance for Germany, particularly in light of their inability to do so in the 2019 edition. Back then, they finished the Group Phase with a lackluster record of 1-2, ultimately concluding their campaign in the 18th position.
Nevertheless, their aspirations are far from fulfilled. Head Coach Gordie Herbert asserted, “Our objective was to progress. We focused on one game at a time. While entering the next group stage with a flawless 3-0 record is gratifying, we acknowledge that we’re just embarking on our journey toward our ultimate aspirations.”
He added, “We find ourselves halfway up the mountain, with the pinnacle within sight. Our expectations have reached even loftier heights.”
Schroder resonates with this optimism, expressing, “Within our team’s confines, we possess a profound understanding of our capabilities and limitations. We firmly believe that when we pour our entirety into every single game, our prospects are indeed favorable.”
With palpable anticipation, he concluded, “We eagerly anticipate the challenges that lie ahead. Our pursuit is unwavering, and we are steadfast in our resolve.”