German basketball players are currently inspiring the world of sports. National team coach Gordon Herbert may not be well known to the general public.
German basketball players are currently causing a sensation in the European Cup in their country and set a big exclamation mark with the victory in the final four against the title of Greece with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s an exclamation point that pushes basketball out of its inner bubble and into the general public.
Gordon Herbert, head coach of the DBB selection, may not be known to many in the general public. This wide.
Herbert gained experience in many countries
Born in Canada, he gained a reputation for excellence in basketball. During his long career as a club and national team coach, the 63-year-old psychologist has worked in various countries, including Germany, Canada, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece and Russia, and has also worked in the NBA as an assistant coach. for Toronto Raptors player development and as a consultant for the Brooklyn Nets.
However, Herbert experienced the longest stage of his vita with the Frankfurt Skyliners in Germany in the form of an open relationship. With commitments from 2001-2004, 2010-2011 and from 2013-2019, the 2-meter-tall man coached Frankfurt, becoming German champion and winning the European Cup with the Skyliners. Gunnar Wöbke, manager and shareholder of the club, knows the special qualities of the man, whom everyone just calls “Gordie”, like no other.
“Gordie is a basketball coach, his great strength – in addition to the development of the player’s personality – is also the promotion of growing together as a team. On the one hand, the fact that he himself is a high-level basketball player and on the other hand his mental training helps him.”
The DBB team would like to thank Herbert as a collective
His ability as a developer is currently also reflected in the enthusiastic performance of the German national team: with many talents but without the world star brand Nowitzki, Germany is now convincing as a group with a clear distribution of roles, among them. Prevention is the basis for everything else. The handwriting he also painted at the Skyliners, where he used to summarize his player information to Wöbke as follows: “He must be able to defend his opponent, he must control his rebound and he must not destroy the offense,” his words were long. A pair of memories.
Herbert spent most of his career in the 80’s and 90’s in Finland, where he was one of the best players in the league as a small forward. There he married and had two sons Mikael and Daniel, who are part of the coaching staff of the DBB selection. In addition to being Canadian, Herbert also has Finnish citizenship.
Gordon Herbert: Basketball player with a love for hockey
Away from the basketball court, Herbert is not a talker. With a quiet voice and reflective pauses, he answered the questions of journalists, but was always ready to joke, sometimes philosophical about his passion for ice hockey and the special German player Leon Draisaitl.
The image was initially transferred to the edge of the field, where Herbert, usually elegantly dressed in a dark suit, follows the game with stoic calm, while the other coaches have long jumped frantically in the triangle. But “Gordie” can also be different: if he is not satisfied with his team or the performance of the referee, then he can become a volcano. with organs that cannot be heard.
Herbert doesn’t have much reason to blame his team. But on the contrary. The special class of this team has the signature of the basketball developer clearly in the fine kit. Nurturing with wisdom and experience of almost 40 years of basketball career. A long career, the greatest highlight that may come.
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