NBA clubs can’t keep up with Germany, says national team star and Raptors guard Dennis Schroder after upsetting Team USA at the World Cup: “This is the best team I’ve ever played on”
Dennis Schroder took a swipe at every former NBA team he ever played for after helping the German national team defeat Team USA in the FIBA World Cup semifinals.
The 29-year-old guard, who signed with the Raptors over the summer, raised some eyebrows when asked where he ranks Team Germany among all the teams he has played for so far in his 11-year NBA career Friday’s victory in the Philippines.
“I think this is the best team I’ve ever played on, whether it’s the NBA or the national team,” Schröder said, according to the New York Times. BasketNews.
If Schröder was truly serious about his comment, it would mean that he believes the German team is better than the Lakers, which he was a part of last season before free agency.
Los Angeles lost to the Denver Nuggets – the eventual NBA champions – in this year’s Western Conference Finals.
NBA star Dennis Schroder has claimed that he played for a better team than the LA Lakers
The 29-year-old Schröder described the German national team as “the best team” he has ever played for
The Lakers’ roster consisted of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. There were also influential role players like Rui Hachimura, Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell after some mid-season moves at the deadline.
Schroder, now with Toronto for two years and earning $26 million, currently plays on Team Germany with players like Mo Wagner, Franz Wagner and Daniel Theis – all NBA players. He previously played for the Thunder, Hawks, Celtics and Rockets.
Guard Andreas Obst led Germany past the United States on Friday with a tournament-high 24 points and six assists, including a game-winning 3-pointer, building a comfortable lead before holding off a late comeback from the Stars and Stripes.
Wagner added 22 points while Theis, a Pacers power forward, contributed 21 points, leading Germany to the World Cup final for the first time ever.
Schroder will play for the Lakers in the 2022-23 season. He is now a guard for the Raptors
Germany surprisingly defeated Team USA 113-111 in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup on Friday
“We defended well, ran around and stayed mentally strong from the first player to the last,” Obst told reporters.
According to FIBA, Friday’s game was the highest scoring tournament game since 1994.
Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards led the United States with 23 points and eight rebounds. Fan favorite Austin Reaves provided a spark off the bench, scoring 21 points.
“The main reason for the loss was simply that we were never able to get a feel for them on defense,” Team USA head coach Steve Kerr said at a news conference.
Team USA, seeded second by FIBA, will face Canada for third place on Sunday. At the 2019 edition they finished seventh, their worst ever finish at a major international tournament.