Bamberg slow down MBC / Dirk Nowitzki raps / Maxi Kleber hurt again / Bryce Taylor out after surgery
— Weekly news, David Hein
In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. If you’re short on time but still want your fill of Germany’s top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every week David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet:
Wanamaker, Brose slow hot MBC
Mitteldeutscher BC came into their home game against Brose Baskets as one of the hottest teams in the Beko BBL with five straight wins. That winning streak is over and now Bamberg have a five-game winning streak after an 84-71 victory. Brad Wanamaker continued his superb play with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and four steals. Wanamaker has been a monster for Brose Baskets in their last four games in the Beko BBL and Eurocup, averaging 14 points on 66 percent shooting from the field while collecting 4.0 rebounds, 7.25 assists and 3.75 steals. Here are the highlights of Bamberg’s run-away win over MBC.
Huff gets two four-point plays for Patrick’s new team against his old team
Four-point plays don’t happen every game. So imagine the surprise on MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg fans’ faces when they saw Shawn Huff convert two four-point plays – in the same quarter. The Finnish international twice hit a three-pointer and extra foul show in the second quarter of Ludwigsburg’s 98-72 blowout home win over BG Göttingen. The game was kind of special for Ludwigsburg coach John Patrick, who coached the promoted team from 2003-2005 and 2006-2011. Ludwigsburg showed Göttingen why they are a playoffs contender.
Brockman stars in first game for Ludwigsburg
Some more news from Ludwigsburg as new big man Jon Brockman scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out three assists in his first game as the replacement for Matthew Bryan-Amaning. The 27-year-old center played last season for Chalon and was available after not making the Los Angeles Clippers out of the Summer League. During his time with the Milwaukee Bucks he showed his skills as a trick shot monster:
Oldenburg add playmaker Ware as McKee replacement
EWE Baskets Oldenburg didn’t wait long to find a new point guard to replace starting playmaker Ty McKee as they brought in Casper Ware on a deal until the end of the season. The 24-year-old played last season with Virtus Bologna in Italy before finishing the campaign with the Philadelphia 76ers. Ware was with the Brooklyn Nets in training camp this season but did not make the team. Ware showed an ability to score and find his teammates in the pre-season:
With Klobucar still out, Ulm add combo guard Burton
With Jaka Klobucar still out injured and Sören Fritze and Boris Savovic joining him among the injured ranks, ratiopharm ulm had to act and signed combo guard Deonte Burton until the end of the season. The 23-year-old is a professional rookie who failed to make the Sacramento Kings out of training camp following his four-year career at the University of Nevada. Check out his highlights to see why Ulm fans should be excited:
Bayern captain Taylor undergoes “small groin surgery” – out another 3-6 weeks?
There is more bad news for Bayern Munich’s Bryce Taylor as the team captain has undergone a small surgery in the groin and could miss another month of action. Taylor, who re-signed with Bayern during the off-season, has yet to play for Munich this season. Munich said he could be back with stress and rehab this week. But basketball insider David Pick said Taylor would miss between three to six weeks. That kind of makes sense as Taylor still needs to get into game shape after his rehab. Get well and back on the court soon, Bryce. Until then, we will have to watch highlights of high-flying Bryce:
“Big Country” Bryant takes on Basketball Insiders
One guy who has been playing well for Bayern this season is John Bryant. “Big Country” talks on SportEagle TV’s Basketball Insiders about his nickname, what it’s like being the enemy and rooting for the Golden State Warriors.
Nowitzki rapping? Well, we can call it that!
“I got too, too, too much Mon-te!” – The Dallas Mavericks marketing people are at it again, letting Dirk Nowitzki bust out his rapping “skills”. The German Wunderkind joins up with new Mavs running mates Chandler Parsons and Monte Ellis as Run DMC for a “song” called “Can’t Be Stopped”. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the video.
Dunk you very much!
The Beko BBL is seven rounds into its 2014-15 season and the league’s clubs are giving fans loads to cheer about. Dunk you very much for these highlights!
This is one time TBB Trier wish they didn’t make the Weekly News. Henrik Rödl’s team made just 19-of-55 shots for 35 percent from the field as well as just 11-of-19 free throws for 58 percent from the foul line in a 91-54 loss to ALBA BERLIN. Those 54 points is the lowest output by a Beko BBL team this season. The previous low was Eisbären Bremerhaven’s 64-56 loss at medi bayreuth in the fourth round of game – the game when Bremerhaven scored zero points in the first quarter.
Trier’s big time pre-game show
Even though Trier have the lowest scoring record of the season, it looks like there’s another reason to head to the Trier Arena to see a TBB Trier home game. Talent observers have the trio of exciting young players in Marko Ludovic, Adin Vrabac and Vitah Chikoko. But there is also a seriously exciting pre-game show. Check it out:
Player of the Week: Zamal Nixon
It’s amazing what one victory can do as Phoenix Hagen beat ratiopharm ulm 90-74 to jump from last place to 13th with a 2-5 record. A big reason for Hagen snapping their five-game losing streak was Zamal Nixon, who won Player of the Week honors with an efficiency rating of 28 thanks to 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with two rebounds, six assists, four steals and zero turnovers in 39:07 minutes. Here are the highlights of the game.
German Top Five of the Week
Here are the five German players of the week with an unexpected showing from an MBC big man.
G: Jusuf El Domiaty, Eisbären Bremerhaven
El Domiaty scored a career-high 13 points for Bremerhaven against Crailsheim Merlins as he shot 5-of-10 from the field while grabbing a career high three rebounds to go with one steal.
G: Niels Giffey, ALBA BERLIN
Giffey nailed four three-pointers in scoring 17 points against TBB Trier while also picking up one rebound. All that production came in just 16:22 minutes.
F: Adam Hess, ratiopharm ulm
Hess scored a team-high 16 points for Ulm in their loss to Phoenix Hagen. He also picked up seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.
F: Kristian Kuhn, Mitteldeutscher BC
Playing in just his second Beko BBL game, the 27-year-old big man was extremely productive in 9:12 minutes against Brose Baskets with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 2-of-3 free throws while also grabbing seven rebounds and picking up two steals.
C: Philipp Heyden, medi bayreuth
Little went well for Bayreuth in their 77-59 loss at Telekom Baskets Bonn but Heyden was one of them as the big man made 4-of-7 from the field and all five of his free throws for a team-high 13 points while also picking up six rebounds and one assist.
Young Guns (Foreigners Version)
Vasilije Micic, 20, PG, Bayern Munich, Serbia
Micic really lit it up against Tübingen with four three-pointers for a career high 23 points – seven more than previous best mark – while also collecting two rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Marko Lukovic, 22, SF, TBB Trier, Serbia
Lukovic struggled from the field against ALBA BERLIN with 3-of-14 but he scored 10 points while grabbing six rebounds, dishing out two assists and getting one steal.
Adin Vrabac, 20, TBB Trier, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trier’s other exciting young Balkan player, Vrabac, played 12:36 minutes against Berlin and scored a career-high seven points with four rebounds and one assist.
Germans Overseas Watch – Kleber hurt again!
The more things change ... the more they stay the same. The German basketball community was disappointed when Maxi Kleber announced he would be playing this season in Spain and not in Germany. But the main hope was that the injury-prone talent would remain healthy. Well, Kleber, who is the leading scorer at Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro at 15.5 ppg, lasted all of four games as he sat out the game over the weekend with a calf injury. According to this interview, he wants to be back at practice on Wednesday. Get back out there Maxi!