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Weekly news: Derrick Allen back in the league / Podolski supports basketball / Bamberg sign “The...

Weekly news: Derrick Allen back in the league / Podolski supports basketball / Bamberg sign “The...

In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. This week: Germany building up for EuroBasket 2013; Bamberg sign “The Rock”; Jared Jordan stays in Bonn; Lukas Podolski supports RheinStars Köln
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 Tuesday David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet (for feedback and suggestions please email to Simon@Beko-BBL.de).

Video: Top ten team plays of the season

This is how you play as a team, when everybody knows and understands the big picture:

Germany lose to Spain, France, Greece; beat Croatia in EuroBasket warm-ups

EuroBasket 2013 tips off in just over two weeks – on September 5 in Slovenia – and Germany spent the past two weeks losing to a trio of favorites in France, Greece and Spain – while beating Croatia. Germany lost two games against France – 89-84 in Mannheim and then 74-66 as part of a four-team tournament in Strasburg. Frank Menz’s team then fell to Greece 80-52 before knocking off Croatia 73-63 to finish third in the mini-tournament. The most recent defeat came against two-time reigning European champions Spain, an 85-54 loss in La Coruna (see highlights below). Heiko Schaffartzik led Germany in scoring in four of those games while Lucca Staiger was leading scorer in the second game against France. Germany have four more warm-ups for EuroBasket 2013, facing Bosnia-Herzegovina on August 23, F.Y.R. of Macedonia on August 24 and Greece on August 25 as part of the SuperCup in Ulm; as well as against Sweden on August 30 in Bamberg.

Bamberg ring in “The Rock”

Brose Baskets Bamberg took another step in solidifying their roster in hopes of a five-peat by signing athletic small forward Rakim Sanders to a two-year deal. Sanders, nicknamed “The Rock”, gives Bamberg coach Chris Fleming an excellent rebounding and versatile defender who can play both forward positions. The 24-year-old Sanders played last season with Israeli club Galil Gilboa along with new Bamberg teammate Jamar Smith. Check out some highlights back from his college days:

Ludwigsburg lock up new name sponsor

The future of basketball in Ludwigsburg looks a lot more solid after the Porsche subsidiary MHP purchased the naming rights of the Beko BBL club, which will be named MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg for the next three seasons. MHP had already owned the naming rights of Ludwigsburg’s basketball facility – the MHP Arena. The new name sponsor comes after Ludwigsburg remained in the Beko BBL thanks to a wild card in the off-season.

Bonn keep playmaker Jared Jordan, add Ryan Brooks, Damen Bell-Holter

New Telekom Baskets Bonn coach Mathias Fischer was able to re-sign the Beko BBL’s leading assist man for the past two seasons Jared Jordan while adding two more pieces in Ryan Brooks and Damen Bell-Holter. The 28-year-old Jordan will be playing his fourth season in Bonn – and first time in the Eurocup. New in Bonn will be the wing player Brooks, who played last season for Fischer at LTi GIESSEN 46ers. The 23-year-old professional rookie Bell-Holter meanwhile provides Fischer with an inside presence at both the power forward and center positions. Here you find Bell-Holters Blog “humble experience” and this is a small video portrait about him:

ALBA bring back Berlin native Jagla, re-sign Schultze

ALBA BERLIN added some strong German veteran leadership for next season in bringing Berlin native Jan Jagla back to the German capital and re-signing Sven Schultze. The 32-year-old Jagla played for Alba cooperation partner TuS Lichterfelde and a bit for Berlin until 2001 when he left for the United States and Penn State University. After three seasons in college in the States, the power forward played in Greece, Spain, Turkey and Poland as well as Artland Dragons before spending the past two seasons with Bayern Munich. Just like Jagla, the 35-year-old Schultze also signed a one-year deal with ALBA for his eighth season in Berlin. The duo has combined for 252 games for the German national team, a huge wealth of experience for ALBA’s young German players. Jagla made seven threes in a game versus Angola at the world cup 2010 and connected last season on a really wild one from far downtown:

Bayreuth let go of injured Morley, add Weems

medi bayreuth decided shortly before the start of training camp to void the contract of new acquisition Zach Morley due to an existing injury which would have kept the small forward out of the pre-season and the start of the regular season. Just days later, they found Morley’s replacement in locking up Kyle Weems for the 2013-14 season. Weems was the leading scorer last season for Bonn while also collecting international experience in the EuroChallenge. Bayreuth head coach Predrag Krunic will be relying on Weems to take over a leadership role on the team – just like the initial expectation of Morley.

Bremerhaven bring Allen back to Beko BBL; Thomas returns to Artland; Würzburg lock up former champ “Tweety”

Eisbären Bremerhaven came up with a strong addition for this season in landing three-time Beko BBL All-Star and two-time finalist Derrick Allen. The 33-year-old power forward, who played for Leverkusen, Skyliners and ALBA from 2005 to 2012, arrives from Belgian club Belgacom Spirou Charleroi and signed a one-year deal with Bremerhaven. Another return will be at Artland Dragons, who brought back Brandon Thomas on a one-year deal after the small forward had spent last season at Bayern Munich. Artland also added a veteran guard in 28-year-old Antonio Graves on a one-year contract. Phoenix Hagen also made an addition in picking up 25-year-old power forward/center Keith Ramsey. s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg signed a former champion in acquiring playmaker Demond “Tweety” Carter, who won the Czech league, cup double last season with Nymburk and looks flashy on video:

German football star Lukas Podolski rooting for Cologne project RheinStars Köln

The Cologne basketball project RheinStars Köln received some notable support as Arsenal football striker Lukas Podolski spoke out in favor of the idea by former German international Stephan Baeck. “I will help where I can,” said the Cologne native Podolski, a German international on the football pitch. “I was often a spectator at the old Energy Dome when there was RheinEnergie Köln. That was always awesome ... I think Cologne needs something like this. I am crossing my fingers for Mr. Baeck and his supporters.” RheinStars are playing in the fifth division 2. Regionalliga with the hope of making it to the Beko BBL. RheinStars will face off against Bayern Munich on September 6 in the official season opening. Podolski meanwhile is having fun in Asia:

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