According to www.focus.de and dpa, Beko BBL club Bayern Munich will name Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) head coach. According to reports, he will take over for interim coach Yannis Christopolous and get a contract until the end of the season. The last coaching job for the Serb was the German national team which he led to a perfect 8-0 record last summer in the qualifications for the 2013 European championships. Pesic has made a name in his career as being one of the top coaches around and fits well to the tradional team FC Bayern Munich, not only because his son Marko is sport director there, but also because the team stands for winning and that is exactly what he does.
He started his coaching career for Bosna Sarajevo coaching them in the 80s. His first and possibly biggest success was winning the 1993 European championships with Germany in Germany. He then led Alba Berlin to four league titles and two cup titles in the late 90s. Further success came winning the European championships in 2001 in Turkey with the Yugoslavian National Team. He then led FC Barcelona to two league titles and won the 2003 Euroleague title. In the last years, he coached teams like Lottomatica Roma (Italy-SerieA), Akasvayu Girona, Dynamo Moscow (Russia-A Superleague), KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Power Electronics Valencia (Spain-ACB), and KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League). He won the Fiba Eurocup in 2007 with ACB team Girona.
Larry Gordon(196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009 [read more]
Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket about the 2013 Beko BBL playoffs.
How did you digest the game four loss to the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Was it something that went quickly or did you need a few days?
It took me a few days, but it was kind of bitter sweet situation. Bitter because we loss the series but sweet because we accomplished something big in Hagen by making the playoffs.
Besides reaching the season goal the playoffs, what are you most proud of in the Phoenix Hagen season?
Im proud of how my teammates and I fought through adversity thru all the ups and downs of the season. A lot of teams crumble under pressure but we found ways to keep our determination and strive for success.
If you had to choose one player that was the unsung hero for Phoenix Hagen who would you chose?
Davin White for sure. With out him this season, his leadership and his will to Win, it could have been a different situation.
What is the first thing you did when you touched down on American soil?
We came in pretty late, so just got something to eat and went to bed
Were you surprised that ratiopharm Ulm swept the Artland Dragons?
A little bit, I thought that Artland would at least win one game
Alba Berlin also seemed to underachieve this season being swept by FC Bayern Munich. What do you think was missing for Alba Berlin in that series?
I didn't pay much attention to that series while it was being played. But when I looked back after it was over the only thing I can say is that Alba was missing a lot of key players I think could have made a difference in the series.
Oldenburg had a tough 5 game series against Bonn and now play 72 hours later in game one against ratiopharm Ulm who are well rested. What kind of series can we await, who will win and what will be key for both teams winning for each team?
I think Ulm will win the series but it will go to game 5. The keys will be what teams superstars come to play.
The Brose Baskets Bamberg meet a rested FC Bayern Munich. What kind of series can we await, who will win and what will be key to winning for each team?
I have no preference but I hope Munich wins
What are your predictions for the Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzles?
It is always great to keep consistency with players on a team, but so much nicer when you plan long term with a German player. The Mitteldeutscher BC did just that keeping Malte Schwarz (188-G-89, agency: Court Side) until 2015 who will play his third and fourth seasons with the club. Last season the 24 year old 188cm guard played 34 games averaging 5,4ppg and 1,1rpg. "I am happy that Malte will continue to play with us. He is a good guy that has become an important identity figure with his way [read more]
It is always great to keep consistency with players on a team, but so much nicer when you plan long term with a German player. The Mitteldeutscher BC did just that keeping Malte Schwarz (188-G-89, agency: Court Side) until 2015 who will play his third and fourth seasons with the club. Last season the 24 year old 188cm guard played 34 games averaging 5,4ppg and 1,1rpg. "I am happy that Malte will continue to play with us. He is a good guy that has become an important identity figure with his way. He has developed well the last two years especially with his hard work. Kepping him was an important step for the club", stated MBC head coach Silvano Poropat.In his first season with MBC, the German played 25 games Pro A 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 88.0%. He is also happy to stay in Weissenfels. "I had two great seasons with MBC moving up to the Beko BBL and a good first division season. Now I am looking forward to upcoming games with the wolves. I was allowed to devlop further with great teams and fans which made me staying easier. I am looking forward to the support and atmosphere at home and away games and will do all I can to help celebrate as many wins as possible", stresed Malte Schwarz. The club also announced that they have separated from German Philipp Heyden.
Fabian Bleck198-F-93Phoenix Hagen
David Brembly197-G/F-93Trefl Sopot
Alexander Engel188-G-93TSV Troester
Max Merz183-PG [read more]
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Semifinals, beat Gravelines (FRA) 84-76 in the 3rd place game !!!
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