Heated altercation between Germany coach and Raptors' Schroder rocks FIBA World Cup

20:31 03.09.2023

In a highly intense match between Germany and Slovenia at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the focus quickly shifted from the teams' impressive records to a heated altercation between German guard Dennis Schroder and head coach Gordon Herbert. The incident occurred during a first-quarter timeout when Herbert noticed Schroder engaged in a discussion with center Daniel Theis.

Herbert, who did not appreciate Schroder's distraction during the timeout, abruptly halted his speech to reprimand the Toronto Raptors guard and demanded that he sit down. In a moment of frustration, Herbert even attempted to physically force Schroder into his seat, which Schroder vehemently objected to. Witnesses reported hearing Herbert scream, "Hey! Let's go! F-, sit down," to which Schroder fired back, "Hey Coach, chill out." The argument continued to escalate, with Schroder defiantly stating, "You're not going to touch me like that."

Following Germany's victory over Slovenia with a commanding score of 100-71, Schroder addressed the altercation in an interview with BasketNews, dismissing it as a mere misunderstanding. He attributed the heated exchange to the emotional nature of basketball and emphasized that these moments of conflict have often served to elevate his game. Schroder revealed a longstanding friendship with Theis, stating that they had experienced similar moments of intensity during their younger years, which ultimately benefited their performance.

When questioned about the incident, Herbert responded with a lighthearted remark, suggesting that Schroder and Theis were reminiscing about their past in Braunschweig. The coach also revealed that he had immediately substituted both players out of the game following the altercation. As for potential disciplinary measures, Herbert stated that the matter would be handled internally.

Despite the confrontation, Germany's victory remained undisrupted, with Schroder leading the team with an impressive performance of 24 points and 10 assists in just 25 minutes of play. Slovenia's Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks superstar, put up a strong fight with 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

In summary, the intense clash between Schroder and Herbert during the timeout overshadowed Germany's undefeated streak at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. While both parties downplayed the incident, emphasizing the emotional nature of the sport, the altercation ultimately highlighted the passion and intensity that fuel the game of basketball.

/ Sunday, September 3, 2023, 8:31 PM /

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