Gordon Herbert accepted the Sports Bambi for his basketball heroes. But there was still one enemy to defeat: the microphone.
Munich – A Bambi for the German basketball team – completely deserved! But unlike what happens on the court, things don’t always go well at awards events. Coach Gordon Herbert collected the award in the sports category in Munich on behalf of his team, which sensationally won the world championship title in 2023.
Bambi 2023: national basketball coach Gordon Herbert throws away the microphone
The eulogy for the basketball players was given by former national footballer and also world champion Bastian Schweinsteiger and his wife, former tennis player Ana Jovanovic. When the two finished their words of praise, they handed the microphone to Herbert. But that was suddenly broken!
“Please,” Schweinsteiger said politely and pointed to the lectern. Herbert bravely took the microphone and turned it up higher for his acceptance speech. Maybe a little too bold, because through the speakers you could clearly hear how loud he sounded.
Bambi 2023: Bastian Schweinsteiger delivers laudatory speech and microphone
Herbert, like his men at the World Cup, did not let himself be disturbed, he grabbed the device and took it out of its anchorage to hold it himself during his speech. The result was laughter from the audience at the practical gesture, and Schweinsteiger quickly saw the opportunity to run to help under the smile of his wife: “I’m holding it,” he said, in German: “I’m holding it.” Schweinsteiger gave the floor. Microphone stand for the successful coach. In the end, he organized a spare microphone, including a matching gold one.
The triumph of the national basketball team in the Indonesia, Japan and Philippines tournament was one of the sensations of the sporting year. It was the first title for Germany, which was not a favorite. Herbert has been coaching the team since 2021. Former footballer Schweinsteiger achieved his greatest success in Brazil in 2014.
Dennis Schröder sends video message to Bambi for the basketball world champions
The captain of the national team, Dennis Schröder, sent a video message. “Unfortunately I can’t be there. But Gordon Herbert is at the beginning,” said the Toronto Raptors NBA pro, who was reporting from Canada and, like Herbert, had a golden deer in his hand. “For us it is a great honor to win the Bambi.” Schröder thanked him for his great support during the World Cup: “We felt the euphoria in Manila and Okinawa.” According to Herbert, the team had shown what was possible. “When a group of individuals acts as a team,” the Canadian emphasized.
“With incredible energy, passion for the game and willingness to fight, but also through fair play and a very special team spirit, the German men’s basketball team has conquered the hearts of people all over the world,” affirms the jury. said in his statement: “Basketball is suddenly a popular sport again and is experiencing a renaissance like in the heyday of Dirk Nowitzki.”
After a four-year hiatus, Hubert Burda Media once again awarded the 75th Anniversary Media Award. According to Burda, since 1948 Bambi has had “honoured personalities who especially touch Germany, achieve outstanding achievements and are a role model for the German people.” (cgsc with sid)