Obradovic stays in Berlin / Delaney, Kleber and Braumann leaving Beko BBL / Barthel going for NBA...
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:
MVP Delaney, top scorer Adams leave Beko BBL
Two of the biggest stars of the Beko BBL last season will not be back for the 2014-15 season. MVP Malcolm Delaney is leaving champions Bayern Munich and signed on a multi-year deal with Russian Eurocup team Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (check out his highlights). Another player on the way out of Germany is Beko BBL scoring champion Darius Adams, who departs Eisbären Bremerhaven in favor of French Eurocup team SLUC Nancy Basket. All the best to those two stars – it was a pleasure watching you last season.
Kleber watch – Maxi leaves Germany
Well, that one came out of left field! Everyone was trying to figure out where German talent Maxi Kleber would end up in 2014 now that Würzburg dropped to the ProA. Bamberg? Bayern? Somewhere else? Well, as it turns out, somewhere else is Spain! Kleber leaves Germany and the Beko BBL to sign a two-year contract with Liga Endesa side El Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro. This isn’t a bad move. Kleber sees a different level of basketball, has a lot less pressure to produce and be a high level talent. Hopefully Maxi goes to Spain and dominates. Buena suerte!
BBL president Braumann steps down, Reil filling in
While we’re talking about departures … Beko BBL president Thomas Braumann has stepped down from his post with the league, saying he wants to look for “new challenges” and leaves German basketball with a “good conscious”. Braumann says farewell to the Beko BBL after helping make major changes since coming to the league in 2006. Among the highlights of Braumann’s regime were adding BEKO as naming rights partner, increasing total clubs’ earnings to nearly 90 million euros (double the amount when he arrived), more than 1.5 million spectators and more playing time for Germans. Braumann, who had a contract until 2015, said the Beko BBL is well on its way of becoming the top domestic league in Europe by 2020. Until a successor is elected, Alexander Reil will fill in the role as president. German basketball fans have plenty to thank Braumann for. Good luck in the future.
Beko BBL Finals Top Ten
We all love moving pictures, so here is a look back at the Top Ten of the Beko BBL Playoffs. Ah, basketball, come back to us soon!
Octet of Beko BBL teams playing on European stage
Looking ahead to next season … eight of the 18 teams in the Beko BBL will be playing in European competitions next seasons. Bayern Munich will playing the Euroleague as well as wild card recipient Alba Berlin. EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Artland Dragons, Brose Baskets Bamberg and Telekom Baskets Bonn all will compete in the Eurocup. And ratiopharm ulm and FRAPORT SKYLINERS get international competition in the EuroChallenge. “Germany is once again very well represented in Europe – and I am optimistic that the European trip could go quite far for a few clubs,” said Beko BBL CEO Jan Pommer.
Beko BBL fans love Per Günther – three-peats as league’s “Most Likeable Player”
The vote is in and once again, Beko BBL fans showed that they love Per Günther. The ratiopharm ulm point guard three-peated his Pascal Roller Award as the league’s Most Likeable Player. Mr. Nice Guy finished first with 28.8 percent of the votes while EWE Baskets Oldenburg’s Rickey Paulding picked up 8.7 percent of the votes and Oldenburg’s Chris Kramer got 4.8 percent.
Developing Germans pays off – 226,500 euros paid to clubs
Developing German players pays off – to the tidy sum of 226,500 euros this season. That’s how much money German clubs were paid for investing in working with young German players. That amount jumped from 215,000 euros last season. A total of 106 clubs received money this season – the most going to TSV Bayer Leverkusen with 17,007 euros – with 119,000 euros to non-professional clubs.
Obradovic stays in Berlin
After the goings, let’s talk about stayings. Sasa Obradovic was already considered out the door – being connected with Spanish side Kuxta Laboral – and the name Dirk Bauermann was being mentioned with ALBA BERLIN. But the Beko BBL finalists opened up their pocket-books and re-signed the Serbian coach on a one-year deal with an option for a second year. Obradovic has guided Berlin to the last two German Cup titles (watch the video of the party below) besides reaching the finals this season. This was an important measure for Berlin after taking a big step forward this season. Now Sasa can work on getting his team fine-tuned for next season.
Bamberg say farewell to Gavel, added Theis and American duo
Let’s move to a big club in a major overhaul. Brose Baskets Bamberg haven’t wasted any time putting together their team for next season as new coach Andrea Trinchieri has added a trio of new players, re-signed an integral part of the past success and the first pair of Americans – while also bidding farewell to Anton Gavel. “Tono” leaves Bamberg after helping the team win four straight Beko BBL titles and three German Cups. The Slovakian-German has not yet decided where he will play next season. Wide spread speculation has him heading to Bayern Munich. But that is still just a rumor. Gavel however re-assured the Bamberg fans: “I don’t think that a farewell is forever.”
In building his new team, Trinchieri brought in German talent Daniel Theis from ratiopharm ulm on a two-year deal, including an NBA buy-out. The Italian coach considers Theis one of Germany’s top talents (highlights below). Bamberg also kept German guard Karsten Tadda, signing the 25-year-old on a two-year contract. Trinchieri also went to the international market and locked up power forward Josh Duncan on a two-year deal, with the 28-year-old coming from Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. And Bamberg found their playmaker with the 24-year-old Brad Wanamaker from Italian side Giogio Tesi Pistoia – also on a two-year deal.
Kramer stays in Oldenburg, “Air Ryan” to continue take off in Bonn, Artland re-sign Topper
The whole league is busy re-signing some of their main players from last season and Oldenburg, Bonn and Artland were among teams bringing back guys in hopes of bigger success. Chris Kramer has been a huge part of the success that EWE Baskets Oldenburg have had since 2012 and the club extended the shooting guard until 2016. Bringing back Kramer is key for Oldenburg to launch an assault on the other big teams in the league. Back for another year at Artland Dragons is American-German forward Chad Topper, who brings his strong outside shooting back to Quakenbrück for another year. TBB Trier meanwhile have signed a two-year extension with 30-year-old power forward Jermaine Bucknor until 2016. A big key to Bonn’s solid season in 2013-14 was the high-flying act of Ryan Brooks, who earned the nickname “Air Ryan”. Bonn and Brooks agreed to a one-year renewal of their deal – a good reason to be happy for Brooks:
More video - Michael Stockton
You want video! Here is some more. A few highlights from Michael Stockton during the playoffs. Will we see more playoffs highlights from Stockton and Ludwigsburg next season?
Ludwigsburg add Warech, Ulm bring in Slovenian Klobucar, Kulawick returns to Göttingen
Teams weren’t just re-signing their own players but also bringing in new players. MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg made another addition for next season as they gave a two-year contract to Travis Warech, a German-American wing player who was with ProA Gotha this past year. ratiopharm ulm fans will get a taste of Slovenia as the club brought in Jaka Klobucar on a one-year contract from Krka Novo Mesto. The Slovenian international has played in the past in European and world championships for the Balkan nation. BG Göttingen return to the Beko BBL this season and the club is welcoming back former player Robert Kulawick, an important outside shooter for the promoted side. Göttingen lost one of the German players from their ProA title-winning side as 23-year-old Marc Liyanage moved to Mitteldeutscher BC as a replacement for the loaned player Walter Simon. MBC also brought in Ryan Nicholas on a tryout. medi bayreuth were the latest team to pick off a player from relegated RASTA Vechta as the Franconians added experienced power forward Brandon Bowman, who reunites with former coach Michael Koch. Phoenix Hagen meanwhile added another interesting young German player to their stall with the 20-year-old guard Arber Tolaj until 2016.
Frankfurt add Doornekamp, suspend Burtschi contract
FRAPORT SKYLINERS had good luck last season with Canadian international Andy Rautins and they went back to the land of the Maple Leaf in bringing in Aaron Doornekamp for next season. The wing had six double-doubles last season for Braunschweig. The addition of Doornekamp comes as the club has decided to suspend the contract of Jacob Burtschi, who is considering retiring after back surgery last season. Burtschi did leave the option open of returning to the game – hence the suspension of his contract.
Danilo Barthel playing for Miami Heat at NBA Summer League
Sticking with Frankfurt … Danilo Barthel is getting his chance to make the NBA as he will be playing for the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League starting this weekend. Good luck to the FRAPORT SKYLINERS forward.
Bremerhaven lock up youngsters Baues and Martin, Schneiders returning
Eisbären Bremerhaven have done a good job securing two of their top young German talents as they extended their contracts another season with U20 German international Helge Baues and Jeffrey Martin. While expectations this season are not that high for Baues and Martin, the club did also re-sign 2.21m center Nick Schneiders for another season. And they filled another of the crucial German spots with Flavio Stückemann from RASTA Vechta.
Braunschweig get new name, add Sid-Marlon Theis
You can officially put the name New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig to rest as the club has come up with a new name for next season. The club will now be known as Basketball Löwen Braunschweig – with a lion in the center of the team’s logo. Apparently the club is hoping to find a sponsor name to replace the word basketball in the name. The club also made a player move this week, bringing in 21-year-old German power forward Sid-Marlon Theis.
Even Beko BBL players love the World Cup
Sure, the Beko BBL’s top players may be on holidays, but they certainly are spending their break watching the FIFA World Cup – Mr. Likeable is even in Brazil! Here some holiday snapshots from their social media profiles: click, click and click!