He was one of the surprises of the Basketball World Cup: Andreas Obst. The FC Bayern Basketball professional was one of the starters in all seven World Cup games and played his way onto the big stage. In the shooting guard position, the 1.91 meter tall Obst showed a consistent performance throughout the entire tournament, which was ultimately rewarded with the world championship title – for the first time in the history of German basketball. Since then there has been a basketball euphoria in Germany. Obst hopes that this will last for a long time and, above all, motivate children to play basketball.
“You see every day what kind of waves we’ve made. It’s really nice right now.” Andreas Obst in Focus on Sports
“Target on your back”
The Olympic Games will take place in Paris next year. After the triumph, the German basketball players are heading to France as co-favorites – although a superstar group around LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant is currently forming in the USA and is aiming for its fifth Olympic gold in Forlge. “The Olympic Games are a huge deal. But now we have the target on our backs – but it’s also nice that we’ve earned the role of favorites,” said Obst in “Blickpunkt Sport” on BR television.
NBA not an issue for fruit
In the semi-final against the USA, the 27-year-old FC Bayern professional showed an outstanding performance. Could he imagine playing in the NBA? “Of course it’s a dream for every basketball player. But for me it never played that role. I always wanted to play at the top European level. The Euroleague was always the main goal for me. NBA is not what I’m talking about right now.” said Fruit.
Even without a move to the USA, the Bayern professionals will have some NBA feelings in the coming season. Former NBA champion Serge Ibaka is moving to Munich. “He really wanted to play with Andi,” said FC Bayern Basketball managing director Marko Pešić with a laugh about Ibaka. In addition to Obst, the two world champions Isaac Bonga and Niels Giffey are also in the FC Bayern squad.
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