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Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Germany will be looking to make a splash at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China with their young and exciting NBA-based trio of Dennis Schroder, Daniel Theis and Maximilian Kleber. The three have been named in the 16-man squad for the tournament, which tips off in just under a month. Germany’s First Round Games in Group G will be against France (September 1), Dominican Republic (September 3) and Jordan (September 5).
Jeff Siegel: Details on the Maxi Kleber contract: Base salary of $34M over the four years, but only $25M guaranteed. No team option on the fourth year, instead it’s fully non-guaranteed. $475k in bonuses to be earned each year as well. earlybirdrights.com/salary-cap/dal
Tim MacMahon: Sources: Mavs have extended qualifying offers to Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith to make them restricted free agents. Dallas views Kleber and Finney-Smith as quality role players who fit well with their Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis core.
Stefan’s reputation in Germany helped to attract players who weren’t already in his purview. He helped sharpen the shot of Paul Zipser, who spent two seasons with the Chicago Bulls from 2016-18, and fielded requests from Maxi Kleber, an athletic big man who played with Paul for FC Bayern Munich—one of Bamberg’s biggest rivals. “I wanted to work with Stefan because he is one of the best when it comes to shooting,” says Maxi, who joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2017. “He is very open…very patient, takes notes and videos, and does his work very carefully. I learned about hand positioning, where my elbow should be, body positioning. We worked on a lot of things and tried to adjust everything. Probably too much to make a list. “It’s just his ideas, his exercises, that make him special. It’s different from other coaches.”
Eddie Sefko: Fellow Wurzburger Maxi Kleber on Dirk Nowitzki getting a key to the city of Dallas Wednesday. Does Wurzburg do that? “I’m not sure we have a key there, but they should give him one, too. He’s a man of the town. If one guy deserves it, it’s him … II only have a key to my house.”
Germany is headed to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China next summer, and one pass from Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schroder to Dallas’ Maxi Kleber put them there. Germany’s perfect record in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup was in danger, down two points to Israel with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock. Schroder inbounded the ball and threw a perfect alley-oop pass, Kleber curled off a high pick and went to the rim, and the result was a game-tying bucket that forced overtime (where Germany went on to win 110-98).
Germany was down at 92-90 with 0.4 seconds left, but Dennis Schroder and Max Kleber were not ready to quit. Schroder lobbed the ball from inbound, Kleber finished it and Germany beat Israel 110-98 after overtime. The Germans got the ticket to the FIBA World Cup by remaining perfect with an 8-0 record, while Israel still has a chance despite a 3-5 record. Schroder was amazing with 30 points and 13 assists in 42 minutes of action, a performance that wasn’t overshadowed by his seven turnovers and 1/9 threes. Robin Benzing added 22 points and Kleber had 13 points.
Among the above, there are three players with non-guaranteed contracts: Maxi Kleber, Dorian FInney-Smith and Kyle Collinsworth. Kleber (who played 1,206 minutes last season) and Finney-Smith (who played 1,647 minutes the prior season before missing most of 2017-18 to injury) are fairly certain to be kept. It’s less certain, but entirely possible, that Collinsworth will be retained. For now, we’ve left him in the mix.
The 14 players of the German national team which will be available for the upcoming games against Austria and Serbia are announced today and they include both Dennis Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks and also Max Kleber from Dallas.
Tim MacMahon: Maxi Kleber had a spectacular, crunch-time dunk on the Lakers’ Julius Randle, but the Mavs’ rookie is willing to concede the best dunk of the night by a Wurzburg, Germany native to Dirk Nowitzki. “Dirk fought himself up there and got him one,” Kleber said. “It was pretty fun to watch. I mean, I think the whole bench jumped up and cheered. It was crazy, because it’s what we usually only see in warmups. Not even in practice – in warmups. He saves them for warmups. That’s when he’s loose. It was pretty big time, him dunking it.” It was the first dunk of the season for Nowitzki, a 20-year veteran. “I don’t get a lot of opportunities around the rim obviously. When Kyle [Collinsworth] made that drive and dished it to me, I said, ‘Now or never.’ I went up there and flushed it, and it felt good, I gotta say.”
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Dorian Finney-Smith has been battling tendinitis in his knee, which is why Maxi Kleber has been seeing time at SF.
Do you have a relationship with him? Maxi Kleber: We text each other once in a while but we don’t have really a close friendship just because of the fact we’ve never played together. I wish I could have played with him on the National Team but I never got to do that. I’m really happy that I can play with him in Dallas, I can learn so much from him now. But yeah, I’m from Würzburg, he’s from Würzburg, so it’s going to be special, there’s going to be a good friendship. He’s the king of the city and can really walk outside when he visits and he was my hero when I was young. So are you going to be a little starstruck when you arrive in Dallas and he’s your teammate? Maxi Kleber: [Laughs] No, once I step on the court I forget everything. I just think in a way that he can really help me a lot and teach me a lot. I’m not going to be asking for his autograph while we practice.
30 Jul 17