Bayern new champs, Delaney finals MVP / All games live: Telekom new media partner / Brose sign...
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:
Bayern crowned Beko BBL champions after 3-1 series win over Berlin
Bayern Munich went into the 2013-14 season as favorites to win the Beko BBL title and season MVP Malcolm Delaney and company got the job done, knocking off ALBA BERLIN 3-1 in the Finals for the club’s third league title and first since 1955. Deon Thompson scored 18 points and Bryce Taylor added 16 while Heiko Schaffartzik nailed four big three-pointers in an impressive 75-62 victory in Game Four in Berlin (video highlights). The team celebrated with about 500 Bayern fans in the German capital but a party at the Audi Dome was planned for when Bayern return to Munich on Thursday. Congratulations to Bayern for winning the title! Here a video of the celebration in the locker room afterwards:
Three-peat champ Delaney wants to play in NBA
After already winning the season MVP award, Malcolm Delaney was named the playoff MVP as well after completing an impressive championship three-peat of consecutive crowns in France, Ukraine and now Germany. Delaney told eurohoops.net that he still wants to play in the NBA, saying: “I will try to get a contract in the States. Like any American player, I want to play in the NBA.”
Beko BBL sign long-term media agreement to show games live
The Beko BBL took a big step into the future as Telekom has purchased the rights to Beko BBL games until the end of the 2017-18 season. All matches will be shown in HD quality and a “League Pass” type product is planned and will cost under 10 euros per month. Telekom and the Beko BBL are working on finding a free TV partner as well. The Beko BBL is considering opening the geo-blocking but it depends on the partner who picks up the international rights.
Trinchieri new man in Bamberg; Ford, Jordan leave Brose
Brose Baskets Bamberg have found their new man in bringing in Italian Andrea Trinchieri on a three-year contract. The 46-year-old comes to the Beko BBL for the first time after having coached Unics Kazan last season and reaching the Eurocup final while also winning the Eurocup Coach of the Year award. The respected Trinchieri, who coached the Greek national team last summer at EuroBasket 2013, will have to totally remake the Bamberg roster as many of the players have departed or retired. Two more joined the exodus with Sharod Ford and Jared Jordan leaving the club while former coach Chris Fleming’s assistants Arne Woltmann, Stefan Weissenböck and Marcus Lindner were released. And managing director Marko Beens was also relieved of his duties after coming to Bamberg in January.
Rickey staying on board in Pauldingburg, er, Oldenburg; Neumann as well while Bahiense de Mello and Freese are out
Rickey Paulding isn’t going anywhere as the 31-year-old veteran extended his contract with EWE Baskets Oldenburg for two years until 2016. Paulding has been with Oldenburg since 2007 and would love to add another title to the club’s trophy case next to the crown from 2009 (check out his lay-up to force the second overtime in Munich in the video below). Oldenburg also locked up German 22-year-old center Philipp Neumann on a one-year contract, following his move from Bamberg on loan from last season. Oldenburg will definitely be active in the search for German players as they did not extend contract offers to Jannik Freese, Dominik Bahiense de Mello and Kevin Smit.
Bayreuth extend with Heyden, add Hughes from Trier; Braunschweig use option for Zazai
medi bayreuth continue to shape their roster for the 2014-15 season. Management decided to extend their contract with 25-year-old German center Philipp Heyden for two years and also brought in point guard Trevon Hughes from TBB Trier. Hughes will serve as the replacement for Kevin Hamilton, who is leaving the club after three years. Phantoms Braunschweig meanwhile exercised their option and have released German point guard Achmadschah Zazai.
Bonn keep Mangold; MBC bring in Richard, Lischka, let trio move on
Other clubs were also busy with moves. Telekom Baskets Bonn have been very pleased with their three seasons with German Andrej Mangold and the sides agreed to a deal for two more years until 2016. Bonn also signed all star Dirk Mädrich – the center had a strong season for Vechta:
Mitteldeutscher BC meanwhile have added a wing player in bringing in both 24-year-old American Patrick Richard and 27-year-old former German international Johannes Lischka on one-year deals. MBC will have a different look next season as the club decided to part ways with the trio of Mike Cuffee, Josh Parker and Hrvoje Kovacevic.
Merlins retain sixth man Crow, let Karamatskos and Sullivan move on
Crailsheim Merlins have retained an important part of the team that earned promotion to the Beko BBL as Josten Crow signed on for another season. The promoted team decided against keeping Kosta Karamatskos and Frankie Sullivan.
Hamburg Towers will start in ProA with wild card
It’s time for the new adventure to start for the Hamburg Towers, who officially received a wild card for the ProA for next season. Hamburg boss Pascal Roller can finally start looking at filling a roster with coaches and players. Roller said he would name his coach within about 10 days of receiving the license for the ProA. “It won’t be a Dirk Bauermann but it will be a well-known name in basketball circles. Someone who fits in with our story, stands for youth development and is at the beginning of his coaching career,” said Roller.
Würzburg add veteran big man Fenn, Betz decides to stay
s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg appear to be preparing themselves for an immediate return to the Beko BBL as the relegated team added 34-year-old veteran big man Darren Fenn on a one-year contract while also convincing Sebastian Betz to stay with the club in the ProA.
FIBA Europe to relocate EuroBasket 2015 from Ukraine, Germany as possible host/co-host?
Those fans planning on going to Ukraine next summer for EuroBasket 2015 will have to make new arrangements - albeit not just yet. FIBA Europe decided to relocate the European Championship due to on-going political turmoil in Ukraine. The European ruling body is accepting bids to host the competition by July 31 and will announce the winner by September 30. Germany has expressed initial interest in serving as a host or possibly a co-host of the tournament. Stay tuned.