Beko BBL Weekly News 22: new television deal, champion signs former NBA pro Nachbar and Ulm gets...
The Alpha Males: Bamberg grab veterans Nachbar, Gipson and center Ogilvy
The re-tooling of Brose Baskets finally moved forward. Bamberg officially bid farewell to Brian Roberts (New Orleans Hornets)and snagged the 32-year-old playmaker Teddy Gipson, who had spent the last three seasons with French club Pau Lacq Orthez and is a big point guard who can defend and pass well and drive to the basket and shoot from outside a bit as well. Brose has also signed a successor for center Tibor Pleiss (Caja Laboral Vitoria): Australian big man AJ Ogilvy, who played last season with Valencia in Spain, will be the new men in the middle.
But the biggest splash was the addition of former NBA player Bostjan Nachbar. The 32-year-old forward has loads of experience in the NBA, Euroleague and European and world championships. Nachbar provides a strong scoring option at either forward position, but is supposed to start at the four. Check out some of his highlights from the NBA:
Bamberg GM Wolfgang Heyder also got word that he had a bit more financial lee-way since one of the clubs main sponsors Rewe extended their contract until 2015 under improved conditions.
Meat and potatoes: Beko BBL signs new TV deal
German hoops fans will get more basketball on television this season as the Beko BBL agreed to a new TV deal. Games will still be broadcast live on Sport1, with the sides extending their agreement for two seasons. Sport1 will broadcast at least 50 games this season 40 of them on free TV. But new this season will be games on the ProSiebenSat.1 Media group channel Kabel eins, which for one season will show up to 10 games on Sundays predominantly Bayern Munich contests. And local stations can show more highlights of BBL games. The monies from the TV deal will not go to the clubs but to the BBL and the leagues infrastructure. Just four years ago, the BBL games could only be seen on the web.
European Adventures: Ulm bring back the MVP
ratiopharm ulm have big dreams this season, including either the Euroleague or Eurocup. And the teams chances of success improved greatly when they convinced Beko BBL MVP John Bryant to return for a third season in Ulm. Ulm GM Thomas Stoll called the negotiations the most nerve-racking he has ever experienced. But they kept their man their anchor of their offense and defense. The 24-year-old California native was the leagues top rebounder and most effective player and helped Ulm to the Beko BBL play-off finals. Check out his epic all star game horse battle vs. teammate Per Günther:
Part two, three and see the point guard and the center going one on one for real during the all star game with surprising results.
The Thriller: Bayern line up Euroleague-like pre-season
Bayern Munich may have decided against playing in Europe this season, but they set up a Euroleague-like pre-season for the 2012-13 campaign. Munich will be hosting the BEKO Leagues Cup on September 22-23 with European giants CSKA Moscow, Zalgiris Kaunas and Besiktas Istanbul. And then on September 29, Bayern welcome six-time Euroleague champions Panathinaikos Athens to the Audi Dome for a final pre-season warm-up. And a final taste of European action for the season.
Best of the rest: more roster decisions for Hagen and Berlin
ALBA BERLIN has signed big man Deon Thompson, which also means that Derrick Allen will leave the club from the german capital. But after eight years in Germany, which means he could supply for a german passport, the veteran power forward will get some calls from around the Beko BBL soon. After all he got unfinished business in the league:
Phoenix Hagen released captain Zygimantas Jonusas, because the lithuanian forward asked for permission to sign with italien team Juve Caserta. The club will use the transfer fee to get a new leader, but this could be difficult - " title="">remember that Jonusas was the best player in the last game victory versus Gießen (his statline: 23 points, 6/7 field goals, 5/6 free throws, six rebounds), when nothing less than the relegation was on the line. As a first step Hagens manager Oliver Herkelmann picked small forward Adam Hess and his german passport from the Artland Dragons, but this won't be the last move of his club for sure.
With the fate of Daniel Theis still up in the air (his club future remains unclear as ratiopharm ulm and New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig continue to battle over to whom Theis belongs. Ulm have said they signed him to a three-year deal while Braunschweig remain convinced he still has a valid deal with the Phantoms.), Braunschweig continued to acquire strong young German talent, signing 22-year-old Erik Land. The former Bamberg talent signed on a two-year deal with Phantoms after playing last season with second division ProA side Saar-Pfalz Braves.