BallinEurope’s unofficial comrade in schadenfreude, a new website calling itself Lockout Hoops, recently turned us on to a nice YouTube clip of Team Germany in training for the upcoming EuroBasket tournament.
In general, the clip is a bit of a lovefest for that face of German basketball, Dirk Nowitzki. High praise is given to the big Maverick by coach Dirk Bauermann and Chris Kaman; Kaman a bit ruefully remarks on Nowitzki’s instant recognizability among fans all over the world.
Nowitzki himself notes that the partying in Dallas in the post-NBA championship afterglow was awesome, while Bauermann saliently points out that Dirk’s play in the FIBA tournament will be even made even more notable by the fact that Nowitzki took just five weeks off between the NBA closer and starting training with Team Germany – not including the traveling and celebrations.
Finally, while BiE has Germany going far in this tournament and they’ve generally looked good in August, Bauermann still stays the chemistry isn’t quite right. See the clip below the break.