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Germany will co-host EuroBasket 2015, Dirk’s film comes out, RheinStars Köln hit big time © Regina Hoffmann

Germany will co-host EuroBasket 2015, Dirk’s film comes out, RheinStars Köln hit big time

— Weekly News, David Hein

Okay, the end of the long breaks is over. Once again, sorry for the long break between Weekly News. But starting again this week, this will be weekly. This time around we look at Germany winning the right to co-host EuroBasket 2015; Dirk Nowitzki’s film “Der Perfekte Wurf” hitting theaters in Germany; basketball returning to the big time in Cologne with the RheinStars; and the Beko BBL going Ice Bucket Challenge crazy.

Germany will co-host EuroBasket 2015 - Will Dirk play or not?

Germany will finally be hosts of a European championship again as FIBA Europe selected Germany as one of the four countries to host first round groups of EuroBasket 2015. The games will be in Berlin though it’s unclear if they will be played at the O2 World in the capital or possibly the Max Schmeling Halle. It will be the first time since 1993 that Germany hosted the event. Current Bayern Munich coach Svetislav Pesic guided Germany to the sensational title in the final in Munich.

Another question is if Dirk Nowitzki will play for Germany at the games. The Dallas Mavericks star has said he would love to play in a European Championship at home and another Olympics would be special as well. The EuroBasket is a qualifier for Rio 2016 though only the two finalists book automatic spots. For sure, it’s a good step for German basketball.  

The other three host countries are Croatia, France and Latvia with the final knockout stage to be played in Lille, France

Nowitzki - Der Perfekte Wurf

Dirk Nowitzki on the big screen like you’ve never seen him! Das Wunderkind is the star of the new documentary “Nowitzki - Der Perfekte Wurf”. “The Perfect Shot” looks back on his NBA career, how he started and perfected his game and everything in between. The world premiere will be on Tuesday in Cologne at Cinedom with some 500 guests including his wife Jessica, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, coach Rick Carlisle and teammates such as Tyson Chandler. The Germany-wide cinema start of “The Perfect Shot” is Thursday September 18. Here is the link to the film, which also includes a listing of cities where the film is showing.

In addition, a number of Beko BBL clubs are holding events around screenings of the film. Check your favorite team’s websites if they have anything planned. Here is the trailer:

And check out Dirk having fun with German television personality Stefan Raab.

Heyder steps down as Bamberg sports director, Schmidt re-ups with team

It was a move that was hinted at for months, but now it’s official. Wolfgang Heyder has stepped down from his position as general manager of Brose Baskets Bamberg but will remain with the club to help co-ordinate the team’s youth program. Heyder had said months ago when Chris Fleming was fired that he would step down from his post after helping the club find a new coach and perhaps a replacement GM. Heyder finally made the move and will stay with the club, heading up and coordinating Bamberg’s youth department. One of the players to go through the Bamberg system was Daniel Schmidt, who re-upped with the team on a deal until 2016. Bamberg also responded to the injury to Josh Duncan by signing Mindaugas Katelynas for three months.

All Stars to converge on Ulm

Mark your calendars! If you want to see the best and brightest in German basketball, then make your way to Ulm on January 10, 2015 for the annual Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day at the ratiopharm arena in Ulm. Tickets go on sale on October 24.

Beko BBL joins Ice Bucket Challenge madness

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seemed to be taking over the internet and the Beko BBL was it as well. CEO Jan Pommer accepted the challenge as did former German national team coach Dirk Bauermann.

SKYLINERS add trio, lose Novak to U.S.

FRAPORT SKYLINERS made a series of moves as they added center Mike Morrison on one-year deal with an option for next season. Frankfurt did the same to rookie shooting guard Sean Armand and brought in Finnish international Mikko Koivisto until the middle of January to help fill in for the injuries to Kevin Bright and Stefan Ilzhöfer. Skyliners also saw 22-year-old Jan Novak leave the club to attend college in the United States at St. Leo University to study masters in business administration. Be aware Beko BBL teams, Mike Morrison likes to dunk in the post:

Ludwigsburg release Boykin, Goods, add Bryan-Amaning; MBC, Lischka part ways; Harris joins Trier

There were other moves in the league. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg released both Ruben Boykin and Anthony Goods while bringing in forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Mitteldeutscher BC and former German international Johannes Lischka mutually decided to terminate their contract while MBC added 25-year-old power forward Christian Standhardinger. TBB Trier signed Ricky Harris as a replacement for Laurynas Samenas, who is out for two months with a broken shin. Eisbären Bremerhaven brought on British international forward Myles Hesson on four-month contract with an option until the end of the season

For those players new to Germany – and German! – here a crash course in how NOT to speak the native tongue:

Nankivil with Kleber in Spain – other ex-Beko BBL players on move

Don’t be surprised if Ulm and Würzburg fans talk a bit more about Spanish club Obradoiro CAB this season as former ratiopharm ulm leader Keaton Nankivil joined the team where he will play with former s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg forward Maxi Kleber. In addition to those two, other former Beko BBL players joined other teams recently. Among them are Tony Gaffney moving from Telekom Baskets Bonn to Hapoel Jerusalem and Konrad Wysocki joining Polish club Anwil Wloclawek from EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Bayern welcome RheinStars to big stage

Welcome to the big time RheinStars Köln! A crowd of 5,914 fans came to the Lanxess Arena in Cologne to watch the fourth division Regionalliga RheinStars play a friendly game against the Beko BBL champions Bayern Munich, who won 97-60. It was the first time basketball was played in Lanxess since 2006 when the Cologne club played in the BBL. Munich coach Svetislav Pesic is a good friend and former coach of RheinStars GM Stephan Baeck and also coached the Cologne club during the 2001-02 season. “We hope that Stephan can once again infect the people in Cologne basketball again. Because Cologne is just a great city which deserves to have a strong basketball team,” said Pesic. Here a look back at the game in Cologne:

Get ready for another season full of great … bloopers?

Along that line, of course we’re ready for another season full of highlight reel dunks and other fantastic action – but also some bloopers:

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