Beko BBL Weekly News 21: Zipser gets away, Rödl adds youngsters and Munich showing the money
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: Bayern Munich showing the money; Würzburg looking more and more like Göttingen; Zipser gets away, Rödl adds another top German youngster.If youre short on time but still want your fill of Germanys top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every Wednesday 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).
The Alpha Males: Bayern Munich make big-money splashes
1343403287/img_anriss.jpgBayern Munich opened up their pocketbooks and added a trio of big names as they show the rest of the Beko BBL that they are extremely serious about their basketball adventure. Munich signed a two-year contract with power forward Lawrence Roberts, who joins Chevon Troutman and Jared Homan as Bayern big men with two-year deals. Then head coach Dirk Bauermann got a new backcourt as they signed Tyrese Rice and Yotam Halperin for one season.
Roberts played from 2005 to 2007 in the NBA before moving to Europe and comes to Munich with big game experience which includes the 2010 Euroleague Final Four with Partizan Belgrade. Roberts and Rice played together last season with Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania and the scoring point guard Rice comes back to Germany after having played with Artland Dragons in 2010-11.
The Israeli international Halperin is a big name in Europe, winning the Euroleague crown in 2004 and 2005 with Maccabi Tel Aviv and reaching the 2010 final with Olympiacos. Last season Halperin advanced to the Eurocup Final Four with Spartak St. Petersburg. Halperin also has played at five EuroBaskets dating back to 2003 when he was just 19 years old.
European Adventures: Bamberg still lying in wait
While Bayern Munich add big names and ALBA BERLIN pick up a stud young wing player in Bosnian Nihad Djedovic; Artland Dragons signed guards Demond Mallet, MarQuez Haynes and Bryce Taylor; and ratiopharm ulm strengthened themselves with the addition of Philipp Schwethelm on loan from Bayern, the three-time reigning double champions Brose Baskets remain silent.
There is talk that a decision will be made soon on point guard John Goldsberry, who missed all of last season and the main question is if he is recovered from his two surgeries. Rumors are also floating that Bamberg may be after NBA big man Donte Greene as the 6-foot-11 power forward would be a big addition. Not only could he give Brose an athletic force in the middle, but the fact that he was born in Munich could be huge if Bamberg could get him a German passport.
Lost and Found: Würzburg getting Göttingen band back together
s.Oliver Baskets are doing their best Blues Brothers impression of putting the band back together. They now have six players from the BG Göttingen team that won the 2010 FIBA EuroChallenge title. Dwayne Anderson (check the highlights below) arrives in Würzburg on a one-year contract after having played in Göttingen from 2009-2011. Among his teammates were current Würzburg players John Little, Jason Boone, Ben Jacobson, Chris McNaughton and new Baskets assistant coach Michael Meeks.
Employee of the Week: Triers convincing coach Henrik Rödl
Former German star player Henrik Rödl continues to draw big talent to TBB Trier as he added Germanys U20 national team captain Mathis Mönninghoff on a one-year contract and two-year additional option. Mönninghoff left Gonzaga University in favor of Rödls track record with young German talent including over the past two years Philip Zwiener and Maik Zirbes. Rödls concept of working with youngsters also helped him bring in 23-year-old German playmaker Bastian Doreth as well as 21-year-old Zimbabwean big man Vitalis Chikoko:
The Drama: Zipser gets away from the BBL
Brose Baskets and Bayern Munich were two of the biggest teams looking to bring in perhaps Germanys top 18-year-old talent Paul Zipser. But as it turns out, the Heidelberg native decided to return to his hometown club, ProA side USC Heidelberg, on a one-year contract with an option for a second season. It would be a shock if Zipser spends the next two seasons in Heidelberg save for his visits to Mama Zipser.
The Young Guns: Bayern question Radosavljevic
Bogdan Radosavljevic has received plenty of praise recently as one of the best big men in Germany and even Europe. But Radosavljevic, who turned 19 earlier this month, never took the next step and played just 31 minutes in 8 BBL games last season with 4 points and 10 rebounds. Bayern boss Dirk Bauermann lashed out at Radosavljevic in an interview with spox.com where the coach mentions Radosavljevic is in Los Angeles for three weeks working on his physical conditioning and Munich hope his discipline as Bauermann said his youngster lacked the maturity. He needs to understand how hard he needs to work, said the coach.
Best of the Rest: MBC sign Austrian MVP Curry
The Beko BBL is starting to recognize a bit more the Austrian top league as Mitteldeutsche Basketball Club signed Austrian MVP Morris Sharaud Curry, who arrives from runners-up Allianz Swans Gmunden. The diminutive point guard was sixth in the league in scoring and assists. Expect Curry to look forward to MBCs games against LTi GIESSEN 46ers, where he will get to play against his coach from Gmunden in Mathias Fischer.