Weekly news: Gaffney gone? / Kleber injured / wild card for Germany?
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
Germany shock France in opener, get bounced from EuroBasket 2013 after three straight losses
Filled with a team of Beko BBL stars, Germany shocked title contenders France in their first game at EuroBasket 2013 with an 80-74 win. But Heiko Schaffartzik, Robin Benzing and company could not build on that momentum in losing the next contest against Belgium, 77-73 in overtime. Germany then fell to Ukraine 88-83 and a third defeat against Great Britain eliminated the Germans. Frank Menz’s team bounced back and finished the tournament on a high note, knocking off Israel 80-76. Benzing led Germany in scoring with 17.0 points while Schaffartzik was second in points with 13.4 while collecting 6.8 assists per game. Tibor Pleiß averaged 11.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
Beko BBL TV were also on hand in Slovenia and put together a look back at the competition for Germany.
Germany considering wild card for 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Germany’s first round exit means they failed to qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. But the DBB governing body apparently is considering applying for one of the four wild card spots for the world championship in Spain. The competition for one of the wild cards, however, will be even tougher than Germany’s failed run in Slovenia. Also in the mix for the four extra spots in the 24-team field are the likes of China, Nigeria, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Turkey, Russia and Greece. FIBA executives will decide on the four recipients at a meeting on November 24-25 in Buenos Aires.
Injury-riddled Kleber goes down yet again
The enigma wrapped in a riddle that is Maxi Kleber just added another level of frustration as the 21-year-old talent went down with a broken foot and will miss six weeks. Kleber, who did not play a single second in the Beko BBL last season, played only two pre-season games before going down injured yet again. Würzburg signed Jamal Boykin until the end of October as Lamont Mack and Max Ugrai will also miss time.
Ludwigsburg lock up center Tomaszek
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg secured an important piece to their puzzle for the up-coming season by locking up Polish-born center Robert Tomaszek, who also has a German passport.
Gaffey heading out of Bonn to try out for NBA
Telekom Baskets Bonn fans were hit with some bad news as star acquisition Tony Gaffney will be leaving the team at the end of the month to return to the United States to take part in a training camp with the Memphis Grizzlies with the hopes of making the NBA roster. The tryout runs from October 1-5 and Gaffney will definitely miss Bonn’s first two games. Which means - no high lights like these ones here:
Bremerhaven sign Schneiders until year’s end, trying out Harper
Eisbären Bremerhaven added a major clog in the middle of their line-up in signing 2.21m German center Nick Schneiders until the end of 2013 following a two-week tryout. Bremerhaven also brought in former TBB Trier star Brian Harper on a 10-day tryout contract.
Beko BBL Manager and fantasy basketball is back
With the season getting ever closer, what better way to get ready for the 2013-14 Beko BBL campaign than by signing up to play Beko BBL Manager. Pick a team of 12 players including six Germans for 6 million euros and see how your team does in custom leagues or nation-wide standings. Here’s where to sign up: http://www.beko-bbl.de/fans/manager
Bauermann considers staying on with Poland
Poland and head coach Dirk Bauermann were also bounced from the first round in Slovenia. It might not be the end of Bauermann’s tenure with Poland though. The former successful German national team and club coach told dpa that he would like some time to analyze Poland’s run in Slovenia and what he could achieve in the future. The Polish federation boss Grzegorz Bachanski said they would like to keep the Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius coach on looking towards EuroBasket 2015.
And of course Bauermann was sad about the early exit for the German team: