Gordon Herbert accepted the Sports Bambi for his basketball heroes. But there was still an enemy to defeat: the microphone.
Munich – A Bambi for the German national basketball team – completely deserved! But unlike in the theater, things don’t always go smoothly during awards events. Coach Gordon Herbert accepted the award in the sports category in Munich on behalf of his team, which sensationally won the world title in 2023.
Bambi 2023: National basketball coach Gordon Herbert scraps the microphone
The eulogy for the basketball players was delivered by former national team player and world champion Bastian Schweinsteiger and his wife, former tennis player Ana Jovanovic. When the two had finished their eulogies, they handed the microphone over to Herbert. But suddenly he broke down!
“Please,” Schweinsteiger said politely and pointed to the lectern. Herbert bravely took the microphone to turn up the volume for his acceptance speech. Maybe a little too bold, because through the speakers he could clearly be heard ringing with a crash.
Bambi 2023: Bastian Schweinsteiger gives a speech of praise and microphone
Herbert, like his men at the World Cup, did not let himself be fazed, he grabbed the device and pulled it out of its anchor to hold it himself during his speech. The result was laughter among the audience at this practical gesture, and Schweinsteiger immediately took the opportunity to rush to help under his wife’s smile: “I’ll keep it,” he said in German: “I’ll keep it.” microphone stand for the successful coach. Eventually a replacement microphone was arranged, also a matching gold one.
The triumph of the national basketball team at the tournament in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines was one of the sensations of the sports year. It was the first ever title for underdog Germany. Herbert has been coaching the team since 2021. Former footballer Schweinsteiger achieved his greatest success in Brazil in 2014.
Dennis Schröder sends a video message to Bambi for the basketball world champions
National team captain Dennis Schröder sent a video message. “Unfortunately I cannot be present. But Gordon Herbert is at the beginning,” said the NBA pro from the Toronto Raptors, who brought back from Canada and, like Herbert, was holding a golden deer in his hand. “It’s a great honor for us to win the Bambi.” Schröder said that thanked for the great support during the World Cup tournament: “We felt the euphoria in Manila and Okinawa.” According to Herbert, the team had demonstrated what was possible, “when a group of individuals behave as a team”, the Canadian underlined.
“With incredible energy, with passion for the game and the will to fight, but also through fair play and a very special team spirit, the German men’s national basketball team has won the hearts of people all over the world “The jury said in its statement: “Basketball is suddenly becoming a popular sport again and is experiencing a renaissance like in the heyday of Dirk Nowitzki.”
After a four-year hiatus, the 75th anniversary media award was again awarded by Hubert Burda Media. According to Burda, Bambi has “since 1948 honored personalities who particularly touch Germany, achieve outstanding results and are role models for the German people.” (cgsc with sid)