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  • @wrwlumpy very cool!

  • In twitter news Ellis tweeted he got a black eye from the game this morning. Diallo sent out a tweet to pray for Embiids situation. I found that interesting. I am guessing he had more to do with Diallos recruiting than any of us know? I guess if things dont go well for him in the NBA he can come recruit and work with the bigs.

  • @Statmachine he’s going to play!!! I feel it!🙏😀😀

  • @wrwlumpy Could’ve left the guy out riding in the car. Really a beautiful country especially if you get out into the small villages. They take so much pride in village appearance they sweep the streets in front of their homes. Very friendly in the small villages.

  • @wrwlumpy I’m a German American too!

  • When I played for Dutch and Belgian teams it always meant the world to these guys when we played German teams. The Germans were always very nice and respectful towards me because they had big respect for American basketball. So I didn’t have an issue with them. But players from other European countries did.

    A common comment shouted to the Germans after games we won… “Give us back our bikes!”

    It goes back to WWII and the German occupation. Bicycles were one of the main forms of transit for the people back then (and until very recently) and the Germans stole all their bikes.

    In one particular game, one of our guys screamed it near a TV microphone and we received a big time cuss out from it. Rumors passed around later that the news had reached “the Queen B” (Queen Beatrix). A lower whisper rumor claimed she got a chuckle from it.

    I was always amazed at how much hatred still exists over the war.

  • @Crimsonorblue22 He will play. Absolutely.

  • Germany is awesome. Local Germans treat American tourists WAY better than we deserve to be treated.

    Wandering around Dinkelsbühl a few years ago… we were hungry and some lady was serving food out of her house on the side garden. Beautiful day, local beer (of course), local sausages, and the town drunk was there to entertain us. He probably had the best English in the town and basically only knew dirty jokes. Unforgettable.

    My lunch: dinkelsbuhl.jpg

  • @DanR no way?? Looks good, where’s your dog? Left him home?

  • Another thing I’ll never forget reading about…and what my dad told me

    When American troops during World War II went through France (including my father) on their way to defeating Germany, they had very mixed relations with the French… while some were grateful to be liberated, some are angry and resentful. There didn’t seem to be a lot effort by the French to rebuild parts of thier country that had been destroyed by war. My father actually didn’t respect the French people he met. Of all the people they encountered, including the dutch and the Belgians, the nicest people they met were actually the Germans their enemy . Polite, clean, hard-working, respectful and fastidiously working hard to clean up and repair their completely flattened cities. Mentally prepared for a long time to want to hate all Germans because of the Nazis, A lot of American GIs felt A respect and almost kinship with them. My father tried to describe this dichotomy to me but I was too young to understand

  • @Bosthawk

    Reminds me of a joke that used to be popular when I lived in Europe in my teen years and it goes like this:

    A preacher was asked to point out the difference between heaven and hell…and he said…

    In heaven, the Germans build the cars, the English run the police, the French do the cooking, the Swiss run the trains and the Italians are the lovers…

    In hell, the French build the cars, the Germans run the police, the English do the cooking, the Italians run the trains and the Swiss are the lovers…

    Once you have lived in Europe and are familiar with the stereotypes, it is is actually quite funny.

  • @Crimsonorblue22 dog doesn’t have a passport. lol. Wish we could have taken her though.

  • @DanR haven’t seen her for awhile.

  • How do you bring up famous Germans on a basketball topic and not mention Dirk Nowitzki?

  • @Texas-Hawk-10

    Excellent point, best Euro player in the NBA ever. Detlef Schrempf, Kiki Vandeweghe, Shawn Bradley, Carlos Boozer and Dennis Schroder also come to mind…

  • @DanR While stationed in England my parents came over and we rented a small motorhome. Took it across the channel and did a tour of the continent. We stopped one evening in a small German village to eat and amazingly the gasthaus we went in nobody spoke English and no English menu. Before we knew it a man came in walked to our table and in English offered to help us. The owner of the gasthaus had called him. He stayed with us all through our meal to translate and visit with us. Of course dad keeping a beer in front of him probably helped.

  • I lived almost a year in Germany, down by Wiesbaden in a small village named Delkenheim.

    German culture is very different than the rest of Europe. They have a great deal of community pride and personal shame if not keeping up to the standards. I lived in a house on a fairly upscale residential street. Every house was in perfect shape. Every yard and gardens… perfect.

    One morning, looking out my basement window (walkout basement) I noticed a neighbor woman climbing my 5-ft chain link fence in her “house work dress.” She climbed over and pulled a weed out of my yard and then climbed back over the fence. It bothered her that much to see a weed!

    There was a law that all sidewalks had to have the snow shoveled by 8am. It snowed often, so I’d go out there at about 7:45am to get started and I was always the last one to shovel on my entire long street. Many would shovel the street, too.

    One Saturday afternoon, as I strolled down the city streets of Wiesbaden, I heard an elder woman scream out. I witnessed a young man running from her with her purse. A few meters later he was tackled by an elder man, and several people stepped in and restrained the man awaiting the police.

    There are great things about every culture… but I know I certainly miss the German attitudes to do things right. Hard work and having pride for what they do. Americans like to boast about these things over here… but I have a hard time getting anything made right here and can’t even seem to order a drive-thru burger and have them get it right (and ordering in my native language).

  • @drgnslayr I wish that lady lived next door to me! She could use the gate.

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