The big man left the National Team training camp after three Eurobasket 2017 qualification games (out of six). Pleiss left Germany because he wanted to sign back in the NBA but he ended in Galatasaray, Turkey. “He left us to realize his NBA dream..in Istanbul” Fleming said. “In the moment he told me he was leaving, it was over for me” the coach added. “For Eurobasket 2017 I will focus not he players who have helped us” Fleming ended, as reported by Zeit.
Germany star Dennis Schroder and the German Basketball Federation (DBB) have issued a joint statement announcing that the point guard will not take part in the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers which tip off on 31 August. Schroder is expected to be the starting point of the Atlanta Hawks and the 22 year old player will return to the States in order to “prepare for the most important season of his career’, according to the DBB statement. “We support Dennis a hundred percent,” said DBB vice-president Armin Andres. “It is a very special situation for Dennis, which can be crucial for his entire career. He is scheduled to enter the starting line-up in Atlanta and he is needed there to undergo intensive and early training with the Hawks. He has our full understanding.” While Schroder was initially poised to lead Germany’s summer bid for a berth in next year’s big event and head coach Chris Fleming will have to modify his plans somewhat, the DBB believe this development could prove beneficial to both the player and German basketball in the near future.