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Omar Samhan shows his stuff on German TV (wow, cool tattoos, man…)

Does the brilliant Awful Announcing have a German-language version? If so, they’ll definitely want to give some props to Sascha Bandermann of Germany’s Sport 1.

While awkwardly giving a report direct from the locker room of the Bundesliga’s Ratiopharm Ulm for the TV magazine “Basketball – Der Countdown,” Bandermann somehow had to maintain composure through a rather odd-looking bit of Philipp Schwethelm’s pre-game exercise and an attempt to spark conversation with banana-scarfing team captain Steve Esterkamp. And then known jokester Omar Samhan adds his two, um, cents to the proceedings. Yeah, this one’s probably NSFW…

Shout out to heinnews for the tip!

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Jonas Jerebko: “We’ve got a young, deep team and we’re gonna make the playoffs”

Team Sweden is having its troubles on The Road to Slovenia in the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualifying round, currently at just 1-2 in Group B to place them behind Germany, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan (!). After the team’s 81-66 loss on Friday to Team Deutschland, Sweden’s NBA representative and top scorer at 22.0 ppg in the tourney, Jonas Jerebko, was surprisingly optimistic regarding his Detroit Pistons’ chances in 2012-13 and stoically realistic/pessimistic about the national team.

Jerebko was quite sunny about the 2012-13 edition of Pistons. The goal, Jerebko reckons, is to make the playoffs – an aim which, despite playing what the Swede calls “playoff-level basketball,” was well missed in ‘11-12. As for Team Sweden, well … despite a “very bright future,” making a proper splash in EuroBasket competitions will happen “not right now.”

The full interview with the “Swedish Eagle” by the appropriately-named Germany-based Sport Eagle TV runs below – and then a sweet highlight clip.

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Joel Przybilla for Germany? Poland?

After having successfully integrated Chris Kaman to the German national team after his German background was discovered by Five magazine, German media market competitor BASKET came up with a story about current Portland Trailblazer Joel Przybilla in which the Minnesota native tells readers that he has, besides his already-known Polish roots, a link to Germany through his mother.

This gives Przybilla the opportunity to play for either nation in the upcoming Eurobasket should its federation goes for a possible nationalization process. The question remains if Germany is interested in doing so, however, as the current national team coach announced in a recent press conference that the core of the new national team would be built around young guys like Steffen Hamann, Joe Herber, Philip Zwiener, Konrad Wysocki, Jan Jagla, Sven Schultze, Tim Ohlbrecht, Gordon Geib, Heiko Schaffartzik, Dominik Bahiense de Mello and Philipp Schwethelm.

Additionally, he will try to integrate the promising ’88-89 generation around Elias Harris, Robin Benzing, Tibor Pleiss and Lucca Staiger as soon as this summer. So I don’t know if bringing in another NBA player would be that helpful for the younger ones of these players.

Anyhow, if the Germans need other players, they should also consider guys like Luke Schenscher (son of German migrants, according to Wikipedia); Drake and Travis Diener (with such a name, a German family line should be easy to detect); Donté Greene (born in Munich and holding German citizenship according to himself); Carlos Boozer (born in Aschaffenburg, Germany); Shaquille O’Neal (who played basketball for the Fulda American High School in Germany, and whose stepfather was based in the country); or even Elvis Presley (who was posted in Friedberg during his military service).

Unfortunately, this last is dead (or not?) and was not considered a high-quality prospect, anyway.