“Self-criticism” demanded: doers for world cup consequences

Structure at the top level, building up a culture of one’s own and self-critical analysis: clear demands are being made from the Bundesliga after the World Cup failure of the German basketball players.

Direct negative impact from the disappointing 18. Place in China does not fear the makers of the clubs a few days before their own season start in a dpa survey, but see the association for the future under Zugzwang.

National coach Henrik Rodl, in particular, continues to be criticized despite the job guarantee from DBB President Ingo Weiss. "One would have expected the team to step on the gas, to show passion, to show empathy. That’s what I was missing. In my opinion, the team management didn’t manage to form a unity," criticized Bayern President Uli Hoeneb in Munich at a Basketball Bundesliga media event. "We all hoped that the Nati would give an extra push. Unfortunately, this has not come true."

Alba Berlin’s managing director Marco Baldi also sees the coaching staff and the entire environment of the national team challenged. "There has to be a code that everyone abides by. This is how an identity is formed. That has been missing," said Baldi. And directed in the direction of those responsible around Rodl. "You have to push it from the outside. This is a team with very great potential. If you want to make it flourish, you have to moderate it accordingly and manage it from the outside."

Rodl’s team, which was highly praised before the tournament, had already failed in the preliminary round at the World Cup – including a loss to the Dominican Republic. This is "very bitter and a bitter setback for our efforts to grow the importance of the sport," criticized Martin Geissler, managing director of Syntainics MBC from Weibenfels. "A sport always lives considerably from the successes of the national team as well. It absolutely does not help to talk down this failure. Self-criticism is more appropriate in this situation, instead of media criticism to express."

DBB President Weiss, in particular, had placed himself protectively in front of the team after the tournament. Among other things, the head of the association defended NBA pro Dennis Schroder against public criticism, criticizing negative views in reporting. "The DBB must question itself why the sports public has perceived this year’s team so negatively," said Ingo Freyer, coach of the Jobstairs Giessen 46ers.

The league wants to be more involved in the future. "The BBL has been developing very well for years," said Thomas Stoll, managing director of ratiopharm Ulm. "Now we have to take the DBB to task to also develop more professional structures and to draw more on the expertise of the BBL." Baldi also sees it that way. "I think German basketball has a problem because it is very much cooking in its own juices. The German federation is the only federation in the popular sports, which prepares and carries through its things completely independently."If this is changed, an identity could develop among the national teams.

In this context, one personal statement is likely to be of great importance. In the year of the World Cup, the previous sports director Ralph Held had left the DBB on 31. May leave, the post should be filled in the near future. Rodl’s contract runs until the home European Championships in 2021.

On the way there, instead of negative World Cup consequences for the league, Braunschweig coach Pete Strobl even sees a possible positive effect: "I rather think that the discussions about the national team in the media – even if negative – actually help to create even more interest and attention for basketball in general."

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