Nihad Djedovic returns to Bayern / Germans in NBA Summer League / Bamberg continue rebuild /...
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:
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Another look back: The 2014 Beko BBL playoffs were so great, here is our mini movie about the post-season:
Bayern keep Djedovic on two-year deal
Reigning champions Bayern Munich were able to keep Bosnian Nihad Djedovic with the team as the sides agreed on a two-year deal until 2016. After losing Beko BBL league and finals MVP Malcolm Delaney, bringing back Djedovic was almost a must as Munich look to have as much continuity with their roster as possible – besides the fact that the guard was a huge part of Bayern’s success last season.
Bayern start title defense against MBC – Beko BBL playoffs end by June 21
Beko BBL fans can start marking their calendars for the 2014-15 season as the league published their schedule for the up-coming campaign. Reigning champions Bayern Munich will start the defense of their title at home in the Audi Dome on October 3 against Mitteldeutscher BC. Promoted team Crailsheim Merlins tip off their season at medi bayreuth and BG Göttingen play at ALBA BERLIN. The first half of the season ends on January 3/4 and the regular season concludes on April 30. The Beko BBL Playoffs start on May 9/10 and go no later than June 21, 2015. Here is a link to the full tentative Beko BBL season.
Bamberg continue rebuild with shot blocker Mbakwe, SF Thompson – what next?
Those expecting Brose Baskets Bamberg to just slowly reshape their team with new coach Andrea Trinchieri continue to be majorly wrong as the former champs are quickly rebuilding their team. Trinchieri and Co. added athletic shot-blocker and rebounder Trevor Mbakwe from Italian club Virtus Rome on a one-year contract. Mbakwe is a great addition to the team as he is a force in the middle – and a smart player as he was a member of his conference’s All-Academic team in college. Bamberg also added small forward Ryan Thompson on a one-year deal. The 26-year-old, who can both shoot and slash from the wing, won the Belgian league-cup double last season with Oostende and also has played in Italy (highlights below). With fellow Americans Rakim Sanders, Jamar Smith, Josh Duncan and Bradley Wanamaker already filling six spots, it remains to be seen what the busy Bamberg do next. They do only have four Germans lined up for next season with new addition Daniel Theis as well as Karsten Tadda, Elias Harris and Maik Zirbes.
Doreth stays with Artland Dragons, Hill extends in Quakenbrück
Artland Dragons continue to put the pieces together to make another deep run in the Beko BBL playoffs as they extended their contract with Lawrence Hill and also will keep German guard Bastian Doreth. Hill and Artland agreed to one more season together. Doreth meanwhile was on loan with the Dragons from Bayern Munich, who terminated their deal until the end of the 2014-15 season. Doreth then signed for one season and an option for a second year in Quakenbrück. Artland also brought in German small forward Tim Schwartz from BG Karlsruhe for one season.
ALBA BERLIN lose Logan; Ludwigsburg bring in two guards; Oldenburg sign Zwiener
Almost every team has been making moves – signing or losing players, or even both in some cases. While Bayern kept Djedovic, the 2014 finalists ALBA BERLIN will have to fill a major hole as the team’s second-leading scorer David Logan is leaving the German capital for Italian Euroleague side Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Berlin did make an addition as they signed Martin Seiferth, who returned to the club after playing collegiate ball the past two seasons with Eastern Washington. Yes, he is the brother of Artland’s Andreas Seiferth.
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg meanwhile brought in a German-American in signing playmaker Brad Loesing on a two-year deal. The club has hinted that they would loan Loesing to a ProA team to gain some playing experience after the hard worker and excellent defender missed last season with knee surgery. And just like Mbakwe, Loesing gained more than just athletic prestige in the U.S., being named as an Academic All-American. Ludwigsburg made another acquisition this week in bringing in shooting guard Anthony Goods on a one-year deal. Goods, who just like head coach John Patrick is an alum of Stanford University, is an excellent outside shooter and will give the Ludwigsburg playmakers a good option on the wing.
EWE Baskets Oldenburg also made a big move as they signed German forward Philip Zwiener on a one-year contract from Eisbären Bremerhaven and in the mean time decided to part ways with German Konrad Wysocki. Another former German Oldenburg player found a new home as Dominik Bahiense de Mello joined promoted side BG Göttingen.
Ulm add Philmore, former NBBL MVP Fritze; see Sosa, Howard and Jönke leave
After already losing Daniel Theis, ratiopharm ulm have even more re-tooling to do after they lost two more of their bigger contributors to last season – though they did bring in a forward. Playmaker Edgar Sosa left Ulm and will join David Logan with Sassari while Matt Howard departed Germany for the French side SIG Strasbourg. Youngster Till-Joscha Jönke also left the club, heading for WALTER Tigers Tübingen. Head coach Thorsten Leibenath did not wait long to make an addition as the team picked up an interesting player in 24-year-old Isaiah Philmore, who doesn’t just play both forward positions and center but also comes to the Beko BBL from Xavier University bearing an über-valuable German passport. Ulm also locked up the services of one of Germany’s top talents in the 19-year-old former NBBL MVP Sören Fritze – a great move for the long-term for the club. And last, but not least the club signed three point champ CJ Harris from Ludwigsburg as a replacement for Cameron Long:
Hagen keep center Ramsey, add German big man Igbavboa; Crailsheim add Sim; Bayreuth sign Brembly
Phoenix Hagen have solidified both their German player contingent and their low post as they re-signed center Keith Ramsey for an additional season and signed German big man Urule Igbavboa on a one-year contract, coming in from relegated club RASTA Vechta.
Promoted side Crailsheim Merlins meanwhile added one of the best players from the ProA last season in signing playmaker Garrett Sim from Jena, where he averaged 20.9 points, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals.
medi bayreuth added another German to their team as they signed 21-year-old David Brembly, who optioned out of his contract with Polish top flight side Trefl Sopot to sign with the Franconians.
Ohlbrecht plays for Detroit against Heat, Barthel in NBA Summer League
Usually an NBA Summer League game between the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat doesn’t move the media landscape in Germany. But the Pistons-Heat game on July 8 saw German big man Tim Ohlbrecht playing for the Pistons against FRAPORT SKYLINERS Power Forward Danilo Barthel with the Heat. Below are the highlights of the game – though neither German really stood out: Ohlbrecht with four rebounds, four fouls and three turnovers in 9:35 minutes while Barthel had two points on 1-of-2 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, one block, five fouls and four turnovers in 19:57 minutes. After finishing up with Detroit in Orlando, Ohlbrecht will be playing with the Denver Nuggets at the Las Vegas Summer League. Ohlbrecht also appeared on the Taking The Charge podcast and talked about his battle to reach the NBA through the D-League and Summer League.
German basketball players go wild watching Germany thrash Brazil at World Cup
As much as German basketball fans don’t want to admit it, the country is a soccer/football mad nation – even for its basketball national team. And Benzing, Staiger, Tadda and Co. certainly loved watching Germany blast past Brazil 7-1 to reach the World Cup final. Even the Dirkster – Dirk Nowitzki – was busy tweeting about the massacre. Here is a collection of their reactions after the blowout.
German NT in Italy, U20 team at European Championship
While the Beko BBL still has nearly three months before the 2014-15 season tips off, players from the league are in action this week. The German national team is in Italy taking part in a four-team tournament with Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands as a warm-up for the 2015 EuroBasket qualifiers. The least known player on the German team is shooting guard Maodo Lo, who plays for Columbia University in the U.S. The Germans will play Italy on July 10, Belgium July 11 and Netherlands July 12 in Trento.
The German U20 national team, which includes Ismet Akpinar (Berlin), Maximilian Ugrai (Würzburg), Max Merz (Frankfurt) and Johannes Thiemann (Bamberg) among others, opened their European Championship on Crete with a loss against Spain and a win over Sweden (highlights below). Their group also includes Slovenia and Serbia. Germany finished 11th at the U20s last summer after back-to-back best-ever fifth placed placings in 2011 and 2012.
Rumor central – Bamberg, Bayern courting Jankunas; Giffey close to Berlin
With all the moves going on, let’s talk about RUMORS of more moves! Here’s where we will report some of the rumors out there about German clubs and German players. To start, according to Basketnews.lt, Bayern Munich and Brose Baskets Bamberg are both interested in signing Lithuanian international power forward Paulius Jankunas. Sportando mentions that German international Niels Giffey is close to inking a contract with Alba Berlin. And here is a list of all the player movement for the Beko BBL teams
Nominees for Social Media Award 2013-14
And for more fun, here are the nominees for the Social Media Award 2013-14 - Per Günther, Bastian Doreth and Philipp Schwethelm: