Dennis Schroder, who according to NESN’s Gio Rivera was the “face of Germany’s stunning run” at the 2023 FIBA World Cup to the gold, was not the only former member of the Boston Celtics to claim victory — with several big men who wore Cs green for varying lengths of time also being part of the winning side.
“Despite being the face of Germany’s stunning run, Schröder wasn’t the only Celtics alum to lend a helping hand,” Rivera prefaced before saying, “Daniel Theis and Moritz Wagner, both former Boston big men, combined to score 31 points in the semifinals contest against Team USA.”
Schroder had 28 points in the clincher against Serbia after going for 38 points and 11 assists against Team USA in the penultimate contest of the tournament. Beforehand, he had very interesting comments; comments that could be seen as a shot at the Boston Celtics and every other team he played for in the NBA.
Former Boston Celtics guard Dennis Schroder believes 2023 German FIBA team best team he’s ever been on
Schroder was feeling himself so much after his German national team upset Team USA that the guard proclaimed that this Germany team was the best team he had ever played on — despite being teammates with the likes of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis the past several seasons.
“I think this is the best team I’ve ever been on, whether it’s the NBA or the national team,” Schröder said on September 8, according to BasketNews.com.
Quite frankly, the country pride from Shroder is endearing. Team USA has long lacked enthusiasm in the same vein, and has now lost in two straight FIBA World Cups. And both losses have been before the championship round.
Perhaps the next time Team USA wins something of significance, several current Boston Celtics will be involved.