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Weekly news: National team squad named / Attendance record and more German playing time / More...

Weekly news: National team squad named / Attendance record and more German playing time / More...

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: National team squad named; attendance record and more German playing time; big clubs make first additions:
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).

Bamberg open 2013-14 season at home vs MBC

The 2012-13 season just ended but Beko BBL fans can already look forward to the 2013-14 season as four-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg will open the season at home against Mitteldeutscher BC on October 3. The runners-up EWE Baskets Oldenburg play at Beko BBL TOP FOUR winners ALBA BERLIN on the first day of the 48th Beko BBL season while Bamberg face Bayern Munich on the second game day. The Beko BBL Champions Cup is planned tentatively for September 28, 2013 with the Beko BBL ALLSTAR Day set for January 18, 2014 and the Beko BBL TOP FOUR to be played out on March 29-30, 2014 in Ulm. The qualification for the TOP FOUR is February 5, 2014. The end of the regular season is scheduled for May 1, 2014 with the playoffs to start on May 10-11 and the Finals to end by June 22 at the latest. Meanwhile you can relive the 2013 playoffs with this mini movie –goose bumps guaranted:

More fans than ever before – and more German playing time

For the 11th straight season, the Beko BBL experienced an increase in total attendance with 1,481,324 fans coming out for the 334 games during the 2012-13 season – an average of 4,435 per game. The average last season was 4,422 fans per game – 1,463,082 in total for an increase of 0.3 percent. And the Beko BBL clubs had 86.1 percent capacity. The top draw once again was ALBA BERLIN with an average of 10,147 followed by Brose Baskets Bamberg 6,800 and Bayern Munich at 6,128. The lowest average attendance was MBC at 2,445.
And the fans were watching even more Germans in action. The league surpassed its goal of 30 percent German playing time in the first season with the 6+6 foreigners regulation. Germans’ playing time jumped 23.04 percent from 25.21 percent last season to 31.02 percent in 2012-13. The top five teams were LTi GIESSEN 46ers (42.52 %), ratiopharm ulm (37.27 %), New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (35.30 %), Bayern Munich (34.40 %), BBC Bayreuth (31.79 %)

Video of the week: Top ten moments of the finals

14 Beko BBL players nominated to German national team preliminary squad

1372157727/img_luxemburg-per_und_robin.JPGA total of 14 players from nine Beko BBL teams were nominated to the 17-man German national team preliminary squad by head coach Frank Menz. The most players come from four-time reigning champions Bamberg (Philipp Neumann, Karsten Tadda and Maik Zirbes) while Bayern Munich (Robin Benzing, Lucca Staiger), ratiopharm ulm (Per Günther and Philipp Schwethelm) and TBB Trier (Bastian Doreth and Andreas Seiferth) all had two players nominated. The first training camp runs from July 8-18 in Kienbaum. Exempted from the beginning of the camp are Dennis Schröder from New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and Elias Harris (without a club).
Here is the full list of nominees (club): Robin Benzing (Bayern Munich), Bastian Doreth (TBB Trier), Niels Giffey (University of Connecticut-USA), Per Günther (ratiopharm ulm), Patrick Heckmannn (Boston College-USA), Alex King (s.Oliver Baskets), Johannes Lischka (WALTER Tigers Tübingen), Philipp Neumann (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Tibor Pleiß (Laboral Kuxta Vitoria-Spain), Heiko Schaffartzik (ALBA BERLIN), Philipp Schwethelm (ratiopharm ulm), Andreas Seiferth (TBB Trier), Nicolai Simon (medi Bayreuth), Lucca Staiger (Bayern Munich), Karsten Tadda (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Maik Zirbes (Brose Baskets Bamberg), Philip Zwiener (Eisbären Bremerhaven). Exempted: Elias Harris (no club), Dennis Schröder (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig).

Bamberg, Ulm, Bayern make first additions for next season

The 2013-14 rosters are already taking shape as the big clubs are making their first moves of the off-season. Bamberg saw Alex Renfroe leave and will be replaced by shooting guard Jamar Smith on a two-year deal. Smith, 26, arrives from Israeli side Gilil Gilboa. Bayern Munich meanwhile added Lucca Staiger from Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg for two seasons. Bayern also refused the option of bringing Philipp Schwethelm back and the German international will remain with Ulm. The semi-finalists also added a new player in bringing in two-time NCAA finalist Matt Howard. The big man, who signed for one season and will wear former two-time MVP John Bryant’s No. 54, played at Olympiacos, Ludwigsburg and Roanne since twice reaching the NCAA final with Butler University … and of course getting his own song about his beard:

Oldenburg keep Joyce, say goodbye to Burrell, Abdul-Hamid; Würzburg welcome back Harris

Oldenburg continued their efforts to challenge for a Beko BBL title by using their option to keep playmaker Dru Joyce but at the same time said goodbye to power forward Ronnie Burrell and guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid. s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg meanwhile welcomed back to the mix combo guard Ricky Harris, who spent last season in Italy and will replace the departing LaMont McIntosh. And TBB Trier added German A2 international Anthony Canty from Eisbären Bremerhaven for three seasons and American Trevon Hughes for one year from Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys in Lithuania. MBC also made two additions, bringing in Oliver Clay from Würzburg for two years and fellow German Walter Simon for three seasons from Uni Riesen Leipzig. medi Bayreuth refused to re-sign Jason Cain but did keep German Peter Zeis and promoted side RASTA Vechta re-upped with American Andrew Rudowitz while also bringing in big man Urule Igbavboa.

Nadjfeji moves to Tübingen as player-coach

Long-time Beko BBL veteran Aleksandar Nadjfeji is on the move again, this time from Bayern Munich to WALTER Tigers Tübingen to serve as a player-coach. ‘Sasa’ will begin his coaching career as assistant to Tigers head coach Igor Perovic. But the 36-year-old forward will also practice with the team and play in case of an injury to a low post player. The two-time league champion Nadjfeji signed for three years in his return to Tübingen, where he played during the 2009-10 season. And of course we jump at the chance to show his greatest shot again from the fifth semi-final game from 2006:

Oldenburg ace Julius Jenkins talks about his time in Europe

Oldenburg star Julius Jenkins talks about heating up like a microwave ala Vinnie Johnson from the Detroit Pistons time (watch his playoff high lights here) and his changing roles during his times in Germany.

Düsseldorf Baskets withdraw Beko BBL request, wild card to be decided in Hagen

The Düsseldorf Baskets withdrew their objection to the Beko BBL’s license refusal, meaning a wild card is available for the 2013-14 season. Teams interested in a wild card have until June 27 to submit their bid – which includes a fee of 250,000 euros. The league’s clubs will meet in Hagen on July 2 to decide if a wild card is granted. As of June 24, the only known wild card candidate was relegated side Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg.
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