Some things are easier said than done like if Argentine striker Lionel Messi predicts 10 goals in the next classic FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, New England Patriot Tom Brady saying that he will never lose another Superbowl to the New York Giants and arch nemesis Eli Manning, Lebron James predicting three NBA titles in a row or Paris Hilton never checking into a HIlton hotel again. For the Fraport Skyliners to win in Bamberg seems more like a dream than ever happening in reality as the last time the Skyliners won a regular season game in freak city, NBA superstar Kevin Durant was a tenth grader at the well known Oak Hill academy, Tom Brady only had one Superbowl ring and teen singing sensation Justin Bieber was only nine years old. The last time that the Fraport Skyliners were able to depart the floor in Bamberg as the winner in a regular season game was January 18th, 2004. It was the bests coring game of ex Skyliner Tyrone Ellis who recently announced his retirement dropping 32 points and nailing nine three pointers. Ex NBA player Mario Kasun was also on that team. Ex Skyliner Max Weber was an 18 year old kid on the Bamberg team that made a point and grabbed a rebound against his future team. Coming into the game, The Frankfurt Skyliners had lost the last eight regular season games and after a slow start, no one was really expecting anything from them, but they gave a spirited effort keeping the first half close, but then losing some focus in the third quarter as the Brose Baskets Bamberg was able to take control of the game and win 76-67. It isnt only the team that opponents have to contend with in trying to crawl out of the Stechert arena with a win, but also the noisy arena and loud fans. Skyliner Quantez Robertson played his tenth game in Bamberg and is still overwhelmed by the difficulty of playing there. This is one of the hardest places to play at. It is always difficult to hear the point guard calling the plays, but you just have to play through it, stressed Quantez Robertson. For new Skyliner Ted Scott, it was his first experience in Bamberg that he wont forget so fast. This is a very tough place to play in, because the crowd never lets up. It was one of the toughest places that I have played in, because the crowd is so involved. It seemed like they helped with some of the calls. I felt comfortable on the court, but was a little annoyed that I couldnt find my three point shot as well, added Fraport Skyliner guard Ted Scott.
The Fraport Skyliners came into the game coming off a huge win at home against the Telekom Baskets Bonn and were sitting in 14th place. They had gotten some extra self confidence after the win against Bonn, but despite the fourth place in the standings with Bamberg, nobody was really giving the Fraport Skyliners a big chance to win this game. The game seemed similar to the game in Giessen recently where the Hessen team stuck with Bamberg in the first half, but then as so often is the case, the Brose Baskets Bamberg shifted their game up a few gears and Frankfurt was unable to match their intensity and stay in the game. One needs to play concentrated for 40 minutes in Bamberg and limit mistakes, because once you make errors, the five time Beko BBL champion makes you pay. We played very well on offense and defense in the first half being able to limit Bamberg to one shot. In the second half, they drew more fouls got to the foul line often and made easy and tough shots, commented dunk expert Quantez Robertson. For the Brose Baskets Bamberg, they came into the game riding a 4-1 record losing only in Artland and coming off a huge win in Euroleague play against Rytas. Bamberg did have three days to recover, but didnt look like the Bamberg that they usually present in the first half. After the game ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen who set 49 school records at Stanford was more than relieved that they could escape the Stechert arena with a victory. This was not a pretty game. There were many fouls and Frankfurt wasnt happy with some of the calls. Frankfurt hung around and played tough until the end. We did all we could at the end just to get the win, stressed Casey Jacobsen. We hung around until the end. We fought well despite the circumstances and calls. This was a good team effort, warned Skyliner American Zach Peacock.
In the last years, the Fraport Skyliners had often started off very slowly in the Stechert arena thus having to come back the whole game exerting so much energy and never being able to get back into the game. With Bamberg, there are so many scoring options, but instead of spreading the scoring love around, the Fraport Skyliners got an early taste of how lethal ex NBA player Bostjan Nachbar can be as he nailed three three pointers in a row giving Bamberg a 9-2 advantage. It happened so quickly that Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder could of still been in the midst of shaking hands with patrons that he might of missed the early Bamberg fire power. Nachtbar hit that first open shot and then he felt as if he could make any shot. He got his team and crowd going, stressed Quantez Robertson. However despite this lightening start by Bamberg, it didnt ruffle the feathers of the Fraport Skyliners as they slowly got into the game thanks to an aggressive defense that was already forcing Bamberg too early turnovers. Skyliner American Devin Gibson got on the board erary scoring on the penetration and then on a fast break after Peacock made the steal and fed the guard for the easy bucket. Dion Dowell than sunk a three pointer as Bamberg led only 12-9. Bamberg had lost some rhythm after the quick three pointers and werent as patient anymore on offense as Frankfurt stepped up their defense a notch also. Bamberg skipper Chris Fleming called a time out and then inserted defense terror John Goldsberry who once registered 10 steals as a rookie in 2006 in a Bayer Giants Leverkusen jersey. The defense of Goldsberry sparked the Bamberg offense as they scored two consecutive back door lay ups from him and Casey Jacobsen as Bamberg led 16-9. Dowell then hit a three pointer as he seemed very comfortable with in the surroundings early on, but Bamberg countered with a Jacobsen lay in as Nachtbar found him cutting into the lane. Robertson and Sharod Ford then exchanged baskets as the Brose Baskets Bamberg led 22-14 after one quarter. Bamberg started very well, but Frankfurt found themselves and came back. Bamberg was shooting very well which makes them hard to stop. Frankfurt made some mistakes at the end which Bamberg made them pay for, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 73% from the field and 67% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 33% from outside. Bamberg had the six to five rebound advantage and six turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.
Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin found the right words in the break as the Fraport Skyliners exploded in the first minutes of the second quarter going on a 10-0 run to take their first lead of the game 24-22. The second quarter started off with a bang as Devin Gibson caught Dion Dowell heading to the basket and lobbed up a perfect pass that the American slammed home the ally-op pass. That Dowell ally-op dunk was a top ten play. I would give it a eight or nine. That was really a spectacular play. I had no idea that he could jump so high, smiled Zach Peacock. This spectacular play seemed to spark Frankfurt as captain Marius Nolte followed with a lay in. Then it was Ohio native Ted Scott who can take over games at anytime went on a scoring frenzy scoring six consecutive points giving Frankfurt the 24-22 lead. He displayed his knack of also penetrating scoring two buckets like that and then nailing a pull up rainbow jumper. In this run, Frankfurt was just the more aggressive team that showed more effort and just wanted the ball more. They hauled down 6 offensive rebounds and German national player Maik Zirbes had been totally silenced with zero points. Sergerio Gipson then tied the score at 24-24, before Devin Gibson gave Frankfurt the lead back with a lay in after Marius Nolte had grabbed an offensive rebound 26-24. Bamberg then hurried out on a 5-0 run to lead 29-26 as Nachtbar made three free throws and Jacobsen scored on a floater from the wing. Ted Scott continued to be in a scoring mood making an off balance jumper cutting the Bamberg lead to 29-28. After Nachtbar and Gibson free throws, it was Quantez Robertson that hit a three pointer giving the Fraport Skyliners their last lead of the game 33-31. Jacobsen ended the second quarter with free throws as the game was dead locked at 33-33 at halftime. It was a great game until halftime. It was a defensive battle as no team could keep a rhythm for a long period of time. Bamberg was shooting well, but 11 turnovers was way too much. Frankfurt did a great job having the 16-9 rebound edge which was something new, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 58% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 16-9 rebound edge and only eight turnovers while Bamberg had 11 turnovers.
So far this season the third quarter has been the big quarter for the Fraport Skyliners or it has been their Achilles heel. The Fraport Skyliners had the misfortune that the Brose Baskets Bamberg came out with a higher gear and were able to go on a 8-2 run to take the lead again leading 41-35. Gipson and Scott exchanged buckets, but then it was top defender Anton Gavel (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) who showed no mercy showing his penetration skills scoring with a tough running hook shot with his left hand and then hitting a pull up jumper on transition. The Brose Baskets Bamberg had stepped up their defense which Frankfurt was having difficulty with not finding the best shot and thus losing rhythm as Bamberg had the momentum and was able to build off it. The Fraport Skyliners didnt give up as they stayed on the heels of Bamberg. Frankfurt was able to come back cutting the Bamberglead to 46-43. Scott continued to hit shots, Daniol Bathel didnt shy away from sneaking inside getting a quick pass form Gibson and Peacock scored consecutive baskets. German Konstantin Klein set him up with a no look pass inside and them made a quick hoop on the base line easily gliding past Oliver Kahn look a like Phillip Neumann with Bostjan Nachtbar watching him in flight. However this quick flash of brilliance by Peacock didnt scare Bamberg as they stampered onto a 11-2 run to take the comfortable 57-45 lead. Neumann started the run with a dunk as he was set up nicely down low with a Jacobsen bounce pass and then made two free throws. The turning point of the game came as Ted Scott then was hit with a technical foul after making a off balance shot. Jacobsen, Nachtbar and Neumann then made free throws as Bamberg led 56-45. That was a bad place in the game to get the technical foul. The game was close and that was tough to give up those free throws. The Skyliners were close, but we were able to get that distance then with the foul and we were able to play with more freedom, stressed Casey Jacobsen. I dont think that it was the turning point of the game. The refs were whistle happy. Bamberg went on a run and had the momentum then, added Ted Scott. The Fraport Skyliners were able to cut the lead down to 60-50 with a Robertson lay up and Klein three pointer at the end of the third quarter. The Skyliners didnt come concentrated into the third quarter. The Scott technical foul hurt them. Bamberg was more aggressive, had more pressure and Frankfurt didnt stay calm, expressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 56% from the field and 45% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 24% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-15 rebound advantage and 12 turnovers while Bamberg had 13 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, the Brose Baskets Bamberg did a good job keeping a healthy lead and not letting the Fraport Skyliners put a dent into it until late in the game. Bamberg started off the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 65-50 as Anton Gavel dropped a three pointer and ex Phoenix Sun Sharod Ford made two free throws. The Fraport Skyliners stepped up their defense as Dowell made some blocks as did super Tez and Gibson made a steal, but they couldnt capitalize on offense not getting any shots to fall. Dowell gave us a good defensive presence down low blocking and altering shots, stressed Dion Dowell. Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones who had been very quiet throughout the game found some daylight hitting a three pointer and Robertson scored inside showing his magnificent athletic ability as Frankfurt trailed only 69-57. However whenever Frankfurt was trying to get the lead below 10 points, Bamberg continued to have an answer on offense as Gipson showed his amazing one on one ability making a turn around shot as Bamberg led 71-57. The Fraport Skyliners then showed their last gasp of air as they cruised on a 8-0 run to cut the Bamberg lead to 71-65. One has to give a lot of credit to the Fraport Skyliners in this phase as three young Germans with Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein were on the floor and were showing amazing grace and calmness making the right decisions and producing. Voigtman started the run scoring over Ford who never averaged less than 9,5rebounds per game in four years in Italy, Tez then set up Barthel for his new hobby with a dunk, Tez then reeled in a bullet pass to Voigtmann again hitting a short distance bank shot and then it was Jones scoring inside easily getting by Nachtbar. However time was running out and Bamberg then slammed the door on the Fraport Skyliners finishing on a 8-2 run to win 76-67. Neumann and Gavel made key lay ins to seal the win. They got some easy buckets and got to the free throw line. We didnt get stops and couldnt capitalize on our open shots, said Quantez Robertson. We have had this problem this season in Euroleague that we werent able to close games as well. We were able to do this recently against Rytas. This win gave us confidence. Great character teams are able to close out games. Great teams will always slam the door. We arent quite there yet, but we are improving, warned Casey Jacobsen.
The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Anton Gavel with 19 points. Ex NBA players Casey Jacobsen and Bostjan Nachtbar chipped in with 14 points a piece. Sergerio Gipson contributed 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Ted Scott with 14 points. Quantez Robertson chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Frankfurt shot well form the field, but a miserable 22% from downtown. After struggling under the boards in the early going this season, the team gave a spirited effort on the rebound winning 34-27. Team rebounding was big on the agenda this week in practice. Coach told us that if we didnt fight on the boards that it could be a tough game. We had to hit the boards and we did a good job, stressed Ted Scott. The Fraport Skyliners did a great job holding German national player Maik Zirbes to 0 points and one rebound in 16 minutes. I had a rough game, so the credit goes to Marius Nolte and Johannes Voigtman, said Zach Peacock. The Fraport Skyliners played another strong game on defense and will need to do it again against Braunschweig. This was one of the best efforts of the season. If we play like that each game then we will be fine,added Zach Peacock. The Fraport Skyliners host the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig on November 11th.
Itzehoe Eagles (ProB) inked 30-year old American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston). He played most recently at New Jersey Thunder (APBL) in the U.S. Calhoun helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). The previous (14-15) season he played at ASS Sale (D1) in Moroccan league. Calhoun contributed to his team winning the Cup. He was selected to Polish League All-Star Game back in 2012. Calhoun is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his... [read more]
Itzehoe Eagles (ProB) inked 30-year old American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston). He played most recently at New Jersey Thunder (APBL) in the U.S. Calhoun helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). The previous (14-15) season he played at ASS Sale (D1) in Moroccan league. Calhoun contributed to his team winning the Cup. He was selected to Polish League All-Star Game back in 2012. Calhoun is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Calhoun has played previously professionally in Holland (ABC Amsterdam), Romania (Ploiesti), Uruguay (Hebraica) and Poland (Slask and Kotwica). He attended University of Houston until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Calhoun's game is described as:
A dynamic forward who had triple-double capabilities. boasts an inside and outside game. at 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds, has ideal athleticism and length to play on the wing or down low.
Norm Roberts on Calhoun: 'Qa'rraan Calhoun is a guy that is really going to allow us to spread the floor more. He is a perimeter four-man that can step out away from the basket and shoot the ball for three and also put it on the floor to create for himself as well as others. He is a terrific offensive rebounder who may be one of the best athletes on our team, and he does a great job of running in transition. I think he will add a lot to our team.'.
There was an instance in Danilo Barthel(208-PF-91)'s third season with the Fraport Skyliners where a rumor was leaked that the big man who had found a liking to facial hair in his tenure with Frankfurt was not remotely amused by having any kind of confrontation with the insect that has eight legs and at times franticly moves about as nervously as a Paris Hilton does at home in her walk through closet when she doesn't find the matching outfit for her nightly engagement at some kind of fund... [read more]
There was an instance in Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91)'s third season with the Fraport Skyliners where a rumor was leaked that the big man who had found a liking to facial hair in his tenure with Frankfurt was not remotely amused by having any kind of confrontation with the insect that has eight legs and at times franticly moves about as nervously as a Paris Hilton does at home in her walk through closet when she doesn't find the matching outfit for her nightly engagement at some kind of fundraiser. Even if one would have to be very unlucky to meet a tarantula in the Nord west centrum mall where Barthel lived during his 5 year tenure, the little creature surely could of found bondage to the German's hairy beard. Sometime in the 2013-2014 season, the 207cm forward who has made dunking a normal daily occurrence as much as it is for an Anthony Davis to get a double double found a spider in his mail box, but it soon was revealed that it was a fake rubber spider and the secret of his dislike for the quick runners was slowly lifted. Who the prankster was that placed the spider in the mail box of Barthel was never revealed, but I would have bet my special George Gervin autograph on prankster Jacob Burtschi or the silent and innocent looking Johannes Voigtmann. One thing that Barthel was not scared to present was his sharp and improving basketball skills on the court as he continued to develop since coming to Frankfurt in 2011. Barthel may be the first guy that will be half way to Siberia by the sight of a spider before a Quantez Roberton can be on the break from Frankfurt to Auburn, but if Beko BBL teams came upon the idea to place a spider on a rim to keep Barthel away, they better think twice, because despite his fear of the little creature, the rim is the best friend of the German on the court. That is probably the only place where Barthel will forget how disgusting a spider really is because nothing in safe around the rim when the 25 year old German is on flight. Barthel has made some crashing dunks over his years as he continues his career with FC Bayern Munich this season, but before he could sign on the dotted line and be able to meet Uli Hoeness on a more regular basis and pick his brain about FC Bayern Munich basketball, one has to remember that there was a reason why he was able to move to the charming city of Munich and woo fans there with his skills and that was his development with the Fraport Skyliners from 2011-2016.
Since he came to the Fraport Skyliners in the 2011-2012 season nothing seems to have changed with the demeanor of Danilo Barthel even now with top German club FC Bayern Munich as he is still the calm quiet big man from Heidelberg that at times can glide past you in a hall way as if he was trying to avoid his house doctor from getting scolded for not having made that next checkup, but his appearance in no way is any disrespect, but just how he is. He may still come over as reserved as a person, but his game is anything but restrained, but became a real force on the court and a few years ago was among young Germans as one of the best candidates of making the big breakthrough as according to ex top Beko BBL rebounder Larry Gordon from ex team Phoenix Hagen. As a rookie in the 2011-2012 season, he had to play for Muli Katzurin who wasn't known for giving young Germans a chance as he had coached Alba Berlin to the 2011 Beko BBL final without ever really letting German national players Lucca Staiger get positioned in the corner to have fans chant 'bombs away' or letting Andreas Seiferth get nasty in the paint. However on a cool rainy autumn day in Tubingen in October 2011, Katzurin put Barthel into cold water as the club was hampered with injuries and attitude problems as his eight points were less remembered than ex NBA player Jermario Davidson sitting at the end of the bench having conversations with his mobile phone. 'I was very surprised. I played little minutes in the preseason and then to come in and score so well was like a dream for me', stressed Danilo Barthel. In his first year the Heidelberg native played 13 Beko BBL games and averaged a very respectable 8,33 minutes per game averaging 2,8ppg and 1,1rpg. It wasn't simple getting ample playing time that season as four man Jermario Davidson was the work horse of the team and one of the main factors why the team almost made the playoffs. As a rookie, he got valuable experience in Eurocup play playing four games and continued to be able to work on his game in the German Pro B playing 16 games averaging 13.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.7apg, Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 71.4%. Having current NBA player Jon Leuer as a teammate for three months helped his game mature as well at the start. 'Playing against such a strong offensive player like Jon Leuer that is so versatile really helped my game. My 1-1 defense was helped with his play. I also remembered some of his spin moves to incorporate into my game', stressed Danilo Barthel.
In his second season with the Fraport Skyliners, management made it clear early with the arrival of further German wunder kids Konstantin Klein and Johannes Voigtmann that they would go a totally new route by taking advantage of the 6-6 rule and giving young Germans playing time. The concept of signing talented Americans and reaching the playoffs was first put on hold as rebuilding and looking to the future was first on the agenda. In the 2012-2013 season, Muli Katzurin noticed the talent level of the Germans and gave them minutes. The role of Barthel increased from his rookie season as he played 30 games and averaged 17,3 minutes per game. Just like in his rookie season he had a another work horse in front of him with Zach Peacock, but what better way than to learn from him the way he did from Davidson the year before. In the 2012-2013 season, Barthel averaged 4.3ppg, 2.9rpg. He scored in double figures four times with 15 points against Bayreuth being his best points effort In his second season in Frankfurt. He also found a new relationship to the rim besides just hitting shots, but getting a better feel for what they feel like and how soothing a dunk is when one rams the ball through the netting with authority. His dunking breakthrough came in the first month in a home game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn where he flew through the air making a fierce penetrating two handed dunk over Patrick Ewing junior and Johannes Wolfarth-Bottermann feeling the breeze of the German as he was too late on transition defense. That dunk seemed like that special basketball release for him. From then on dunking had become a big part of his basketball repertoire. If you were to have told NBA legend Larry Bird that he could jump, one would have been lying, because he grabbed rebounds more through effort than athletic ability and that white men can't jump is more of a cliche, because Danilo Barthel could star in his own movie called White men can jump. He proved that he was given that special jumping ability, He continued to play in the Pro B in his second season getting extra game time practice as well playing 12 games and averaging 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 67.7%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 75.6%. He ended the season with massive back problems, but worked hard over the summer and came into this season fit.
Barthel who's favorite player is Dwight Howard and likes to mold his game around 63 point man Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks had his real BBL break out season in 2013-2014 playing 34 games averaging 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 78.4%; That season, ex Toronto Raptors assistant coach Gordon Herbert had given the big German three of Voigtmann, Klein and Barthel more responsibility and were inserted into the starting lineup each weekend. All three were averaging plus 20 minutes per game. If one had predicted this the season before that this could happen, many might not have thought it happening so quickly, but a lot of the credit goes to the Skyliner coaches of Gordon Herbert, Klaus Perwass and Eric Detlef who put in countless hours of teaching the kids how to get better. A big reason for his breakthrough season is the immense confidence that Gordon Herbert had given the German. Barthel showed more and more that season his unending killer instinct to want to get to the bucket whenever possible and just finish off the play with a monster dunk. However a criticism in his game that season at times had been his hesitation of taking the three ball. From a span from December first until January fifth, the German was 0/10 in six games including two games where he didn't even attempt a three pointer. But in the next two games, he took on more responsibility from downtown and with the absence of injured Andrew Rautins and Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi, Barthel had to take more of the bulk of the shooting as he was 5/9 in two games making three against Alba Berlin and two in Artland. His passing gets underestimated, but there isn't a better passing combination of four and five men in the Beko BBL than with Johannes Voigtmann and Barthel as he had improved his passing with the daily practice with the German center. He worked on his one on one defense which improved from the previous season as blocks became more of a standard in each game for him. His mobility is a strong suit which has helped him mature better the last years on the defensive end. There was a span in his third season where he registered five blocks in four games and was getting less fouls as his timing and IQ on one on one defense continued to improve. His ex coach Thorsten Daume at USC Heidelberg always preached to give all he has in every minute on the floor and that is what Barthel has always done as he is that relentless fighter that never gives up and that is exactly what every coach wants from his player. He made his debut at the 2014 beko BBL allstar game in Bonn and held his own scoring eight points and showing his usual aggressive play and blocked ex Euroleague player David Logan. 1993 German European champion Henning Harnisch who won just about everything with Leverkusen in the 90s and was general manager of Alba Berlin had nothing but praise for Barthel after examining his play in Bonn at the Beko BBL allstar game.
Before starting the 2014-2015 season with the Fraport Skyliners, Barthel had the huge opportunity to play NBA Summer league with the Miami Heat in Orlando and Las Vegas. This was a grand opportunity to show his skills and test himself against the other rising stars of the world. He played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando with Miami playing 4 games averaging 4.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 0.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 31.6%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 75%. He then moved west to Las Vegas with Miami and played 6 games averaging 4.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 20%, FT: 69.2%. He had some stiff competition with guys like Larry Drew, James Ennis, Shabazz Napier or Justin Hamilton fighting for minutes, but he held his own and did the most out of minutes mixing it up from outside and as well as showing his game inside which had some GM heads turn in both locations. As time flies so does one's memory, but current Brooklyn Net Justin Hamilton remembered who Barthel was even a year and a half after they were shortly teammates. 'I remember Danilo having a very good shot and being very athletic for his size. He impressed the Miami Heat very much. He showed up and turned heads at the NBA Summer League. I didn't have much conversations with Danilo. In the Summer League you get thrown together for a couple of weeks and it's hard building relationships. I remember him telling me where he was from and where he played. He was a very good guy. He was very competitive and spirited', stressed Justin Hamilton. Another guy that was also his teammate was Larry Drew II who currently plays for Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL) couldn't quite recall his time with the German. Recently before a Champions League game in Oldenburg, the American had to think hard and long when hearing the name Danilo Barthel completely blanking his memory. 'Honestly I don't remember him. I would have to see his face. He must have been very skilled to have been invited by the Miami Heat', stressed Larry drew II. Barthel returned back to Germany and in the 2014-2015 season and played 30 games: 9.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 74.1%; EuroChallenge: 10 games: 10.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.0%. In the BBL he scored in double figures 12 times and had two double doubles and in the Eurochallenge scored in double figures in seven games. He had a serious injury that kept him out for two months at the start of 2015 and when he came back at the end of March put up some solid games in the BBL, but had misfortune in the Eurochallenge semi-final where Frankfurt met a very hungry and energy driven French team Naterre who had a superb day put up the big goose egg in 14 minutes. All in all the injury hindered his development a bit. At the end of the season he had racked up another BBL allstar game appearance and made the Eurochallenge Top 4. In his last season, Barthel won his first professional title with the Fiba Europe Cup and played 32 BBL games averaging 9.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 68.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 83.8%; and in the FIBA Europe Cup played 14 games averaging 8.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 78.6%. He had another injury at the start of 2016 that kept him out for a month, but overall it was another solid season for him. In the BBL he scored in double figures 17 times and in the Fiba Europe Cup scored in double figures five times. He probably could of improved his scoring and rebounding tremendously in his last two seasons with the Fraport Skyliners, but the club had added the perfect parts for success. Two seasons ago, the trio of Justin Cobbs, Sean Armand and Aaron Doornekamp combined for much points and last season Jordan Theodore and Aaron Doornekamp supplied much fire power. The German twin towers of Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann obviously were hindered more in their production. The Fraport Skyliners played team basketball and stats were put on the back burner. Barthel became more of an inside animal going to places where most wouldn't want to venture to. How many times Barthel got elbowed in the face, got his nose rearranged or had traces of a bloody nose are hard to pinpoint, but his mom who sat a few rows up behind the Frankfurt bench probably had a better recollection of her son's trauma under the hoop. Barthel's outside shot is still a work in progress, but his inside game definitely developed further in his last two seasons in Frankfurt. After winning the Fiba Europe Cup and standing high and mighty on the balcony of the Frankfurt council house during the celebrations, a big ugly spider could of found a new home on the trophy and Barthel may have forgot his spider phobia for at least a moment while holding the shiny silver award.
This season Barthel has moved on to FC Bayern Munich and has become part of a team that has a 12 man roster where each guy could be a starter for any other BBL team. He can be proud to call guys like Bryce Taylor, Maxi Kleber, Devin Booker, ex NBA player Nick Johnson and ex Bamberg sniper Anton Gavel his teammates. It is obvious that when you are on a team like this, minutes will be as desired by each guy as is that 5th Super Bowl ring that Tom Brady is striving for to finally be called the greatest quarter back of all-time. Even if some may call having German Maxi Kleber as his main competitor at the position four a tough pill to swallow, having battles in practice each day will make the German only better. So far this season, Barthel is averaging 15,6 minutes per game, 8,2ppg, 2,6rpg, 1,3apg and shooting 33,3% from outside. He has scored in double figures in four games and netted 15 points against Tuebingen and 14 points against Wurzburg. In Eurocup action is averaging 7,6ppg, 4,1rpg and 1,3apg. Barthel really has only two main goals on his mind which is winning to sooth the heart of Uli Hoeness and being as effective as possible in his minutes which will keep head coach Aleksandar Djordevic ready to keep penciling him in. FC Bayern Munich is definitely on paper and in their play so far in the BBL an upgrade from last season, but getting by Bamberg will be a giant hurdle and challenge. But Barthel knows that the season won't really start until May 2017. The sky is still the limit for Barthel at the age of 25 as his time with FC Bayern Munich will help him further in his development. When Barthel returns back to the Fraport arena on Sunday, he will surely take a look up at the rafters for a moment and look at the 2016 Fiba Europe cup banner and reflect on the closing moments in Chalon as the buzzer sounded and teammate Jordan Theodore took the ball and threw the ball to space and the German let out a fierce roar after the title win like a black bear in Colorado who needs his daily fish rations. Jacob Burtschi might not be around as a possible prankster this season but Barthel may just have to check his space in the visiting locker room especially closely on Sunday just in case a Quantez Robertson didn't enter early and place something very hairy and undesirable there for him to meet.
ratiopharm Ulm has become a top BBL team in the last years and management continue to realize that head coach Thorsten Leibenath has something to do with it The 41 year old German who coached in the United Kingdom, Giesen and Artland made his real break through with ratiopharm Ulm arriving in 2011 and the rest has been history. The Head coach is in his sixth season with Ulm and in these 6 years has reached two BBL finals and 2 cup finals and yesterday got a contract extension until 2019.... [read more]
ratiopharm Ulm has become a top BBL team in the last years and management continue to realize that head coach Thorsten Leibenath has something to do with it The 41 year old German who coached in the United Kingdom, Giesen and Artland made his real break through with ratiopharm Ulm arriving in 2011 and the rest has been history. The Head coach is in his sixth season with Ulm and in these 6 years has reached two BBL finals and 2 cup finals and yesterday got a contract extension until 2019.
It was an absolute no brainer for manager Thomas Stoll to hand Leibenath the piece of paper so he could sign on the dotted line. "This is our sixth season where we are successfully working together and we just feel that it all fits with him. With Thorsten staying on board, we have that planning security for the next two years", stated Thomas Stoll. Leibenath also helped lead the club into the Eurocup quarterfinal in 2013 and has a current winning streak of 62% with 181 wins in 293 games. This season one could call ratiopharm Olm the baby Bamberg as they are like them undefeated at 12-0 a feat that no other team has been able to do for years at the start of a season. "The contract talks went smoothly as both sides felt it was right. This is how postive and constructive work happens in the organization. It starts with the employees in the office and continues with the players, coaches and medical department and ends with the two CEO's Thomas Stoll and Andreas Oettel. I also feel making this step was right for my personal development", stressed Thorsten Leibenath .
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