Daniel Theis on the bronze medal: “Now people and teams have to respect us too”

2022-09-18T19:47:48+00:00 2022-09-18T19:47:48+00:00.

Cesare Milanti

18/Sep/22 19:47


The Indiana Pacers player Daniel Theis after getting his first EuroBasket medal hopes that the German national team gets respect

By John Rammas/ info@eurohoops.net

Berlin, Germany – Germany achieved its goal, beating Poland and getting the EuroBasket 2022 bronze medal in front of its audience. They haven’t stepped on this podium since the 2005 Eurobasket silver and Daniel Theis was a key element for Gordie Herbert’s team, as he proved once more with 9 points and 6 rebounds.

The Pacers big man expressed his satisfaction after getting the bronze medal in the mixed zone.

“That was our goal. When we came together this summer with everybody, we said the medal is our goal. Obviously, when you go to the semifinal, you want to go to the final to play for gold. We were disappointed after the loss, but we achieved our goal”, he said about the 82-69 victory.

As he explained, this can really be the start of an important growth project for Germany. “We want to play successful basketball with the national team. Like we always said, we’ve gotta respect everybody we play, but we’re not scared: now people and teams have to respect us too. We’ve got a great team: we showed it this tournament, and hopefully for more years to come”.

“After the loss against Spain it wasn’t easy, but we came together as a team. It’s tough, you’re coming after the biggest loss probably of someone’s career, and you’ve got to focus and lock in because this game is important too, you’re playing for a medal. So, I think how we stayed together as a team for the whole tournament”, he added about what was his most memorable moment of EuroBasket 2022.