Johannes Thiemann said that as a teenager he underwent hormone therapy to prevent him from becoming even taller. The center, who became the basketball world champion with Germany last summer, is an impressive 2.06 meters.

At 14 years old, he was already almost two meters tall. The medical forecast at the time suggested that Tiemann would even reach a height of about 2.15 meters.

“When I heard that I said, ‘Absolutely not,’” Tiemann told Sportbild. Huge growth was not easy for the now 30-year-old young man when he was in school. “You want to be a part of it. But some of the kids next to me looked like first graders,” Tiemann recalls.

Johannes Thiemann probably underwent hormone therapy.

So he underwent hormone therapy. “The decision was very simple for me. This was done to prevent me from becoming so big,” explains the Alba captain from Berlin. There were no side effects during the treatment phase.

It is impossible to definitively prove whether the therapy actually prevented Thiemann from continuing to grow. There are also cases when the prediction made does not come true. Tiemann says: “A friend of mine was also predicted to be 2.15 meters tall. And in the end he turned out to be as tall as I am now.”

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  • sportbild.de: The basketball world champion has stopped growing



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