Weekly news: 370.000 Euro for Schröder / Jenkins' new hair cut
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
Don’t get scared! Julius Jenkins got a haircut
Wow, is that really him? It’s still number 22 for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. And it still says Jenkins on the back of the jersey. It must be Julius Jenkins. But he looks different somehow:
Ulm shocked with Mason-Griffin injury, not thinking semis
ratiopharm ulm got hit with a major shock just 10 days before the start of the season as they lost playmaker Tommy Mason-Griffin over the long term with a torn Achilles tendon. Mason-Griffin suffered the injury Monday without any contact from another player in training. The 22-year-old Mason-Griffin had returned to Ulm this pre-season after missing the entire 2012-13 season with a knee injury. Coach Thorsten Leibenath and general manager Thomas Stoll will now consider options for a replacement. One possibility is letting Till-Joschka Jönke play point guard or keeping on Greg Mangano, who is on a two-month contract. Meanwhile, Stoll admitted in an interview that Ulm have lowered their Beko BBL expectations for the 2013-14 season. “We have one of the nicest but also one of the most expensive arenas in the league. Regarding player budget we are in the league average between sixth and tenth place. So therefore we shouldn’t really be talking about the semi-finals before the season.”
Frankfurt add former NBA guard Rautins
FRAPORT SKYLINERS have found a new shooting guard as they added former NBA wing Andy Rautins for the 2013-14 season. The 26-year-old Canadian international, the son of former Canadian national team coach Leo Rautins, played last season in the NBA D-League after previously playing in the NBA with the New York Knicks during the 2010-11 season. Andy Rautins, who played for Canada at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, went to college four years at Syracuse University. Check this for some Rautins highlights with the Orangemen:
Oldenburg looking for Chubb replacement
The 2013 finalists EWE Baskets Oldenburg are also trying to figure out how to deal with a long-term injury to an important piece to their team. Oldenburg bosses are looking for a replacement for center Adam Chubb, who last Friday went down with an ankle ligament injury and will miss a number of weeks or longer. The exact extent of Chubb’s injury will be known in the coming days. “It’s not about just finding anyone. The new man must be able to help us immediately,” said CEO Hermann Schüller.
Phantoms got 370,000 € for Schröder, Bonn want something for WoBO
A pair of teams made news this week regarding buyout fees that were paid or should have been paid. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig supervisory board head Michael Doering said in an interview that the club has received about 370,000 euros from the Atlanta Hawks as a buyout for Dennis Schröder. “It was 500,000 US dollars. After deducting transfer costs, we received about 370,000 euros which completely went into the sports department. A portion of the money has already gone into the current squad although we had the goal of spending it on the team for next season as well. We will also invest a smaller portion of it in the youth department to guarantee a sustainable development and maybe yield another Dennis Schröder,” said Doering.
Telekom Baskets Bonn meanwhile are demanding a buyout fee for their long-term development of center Jonas Wohlfahrt-Bottermann, who signed on with ALBA BERLIN. Bonn had a contract with WoBo until 2015 but the player terminated his contract with proper notice. The deal apparently had an opt-out and Bonn would like compensation from the 23-year-old center or Alba. Bonn have taken the matter to the Beko BBL court.
Bonn extend partnership with Telekom, sign center Looby
Telekom Baskets Bonn and Deutsche Telekom have been working together for 20 years and have now extended their partnership for another three more seasons until 2016. Telekom and the club began their relationship before the 1993-94 season in the second division and the team has reached the Beko BBL playoffs in 15 of 17 seasons in the top flight, five times advancing to the Finals. Bonn hope that their new addition will help the club to finally grab a first title as Kurt Looby was brought in for the 2013-14 season as the back-up center Jamel McLean. The 29-year-old Looby played during the 2011-12 season for Ludwigsburg. Here some highlights of Looby playing in Poland
Ludwigsburg add Finn Huff, Bremerhaven keep Harper
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg added a strong small forward in signing Finnish international Shawn Huff for the 2013-14 season. The 29-year-old averaged 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds and played superb defense for Finland at EuroBasket 2013. Huff has played in the last four EuroBaskets for Suomi. Eisbären Bremerhaven meanwhile decided to keep forward Brian Harper after a 10-day tryout, signing him until the end of the 2013-14 season. Bremerhaven also announced that their players had named Derrick Allen as the new team captain. Be ready for plenty of highlight reel action from Harper.