Mithat Demirel: "It was a tough game. Everybody thought that we should win and the Czechs could just play relaxed. And maybe we had a little more pressure. We're very used to one another and we all just have to be always ready - no matter what. Anybody on our team can pick up their game when it's needed. It's a long tournament and we need each other. But the most important thing is that we won."
Demond Greene: "We thought it would be a little easier. But it's the first game of a EuroBasket and nobody is just going to make it easy for us. The Czechs started well and tasted blood and it was tight the rest of the way. They did some things well but we made things tough for ourselves as well."
Coach Dirk Bauermann: "The pressure is always high and you never really know exactly how strong you are after four weeks of preparations. We're really relieved to have won this game because we know the chances are very high we're in the next round. We were really tight at the beginning. And if the opponents is really loose, then you'll have some problems. But it was important that we come out in the second half with more energy and we started with a smaller team with Ademola (Okulaja) at the power forward position. And we really played a great third quarter and that was the difference."
Dirk Nowitzki: "We didn't think it would be that tough, but we'll gladly take an opening win. Not everything was okay. Up front we were a little scared it seemed. But we played more of our game in the second half."
Asked About Demirel's play: "Somebody has to come in and make some noise for us. A lot of the guys were tight and he hit some big shots for us to get some other energy in the game. Everybody has to come in some time and do some things. But we were okay today. And we know we can play better."
Pavel Benes: "We tried to stop Nowitzki and couldn't, and the only other player to do anything for them was Demirel. We let two people beat us tonight, so that's very disappointing."
Stephan Vrubl: "It was a very close game, with just a few points between the teams. Small things decided the game - free throws and rebounds. The team should take better second shot chances. We're glad with how we played butg the reality is that we lost."