The FC Bayern Munich soccer team is known as FC Hollywood as scandals have been as common in the last years like Pat Riley uttering his famous line Defense wins championships, Arnold Schwarzenegger uttering his famous three word phrase Ill be back in the Termainator films or Tom Brady bringing the New England Patriots back from being down in heroic come back wins in his career at least most of the time. Bayern Munich soccer scandals and news stories seem to be a daily ritual as who could forget Jurgen Kilinsman kicking the Kodak advertisement can, The speech outburst he held 2007 at a annual stock holders meeting where he was showing his discomfort of unhappy fans or Frank Ribery giving Arjen Robben a slap last season during a game. FC Bayern Munich basketball department are only in their second season in the Beko BBL, but have had their share of little negative happenings like rudely dismissing Dirk Baureman shortly before the season, the berlin disco visit by some players and the suspension of Jared Homan for a game. Recently the basketball team named Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) head coach and despite his successful coaching record, the team will more likely have a better chance of getting on the winning track than escaping the negative scandals that can always happen, because FC Hollywood is something that is has a patent on FC Bayern Munich sports department. One really doesnt really know what happens behind the scenes with FC Bayern Munich. It was very unusual that they got rid of Dirk Bauermann shortly before the start of the season. It wasnt like Bauermann wasnt successful in his time, but he was. I think that the media plays a role with every team in the league, but Munich is simply more in the public eye than other teams and get more focus. One shouldnt value their scandals too highly. At the end of the day the only important thing is that the players work hard in practice and are successful in games. I think it was tactical that they kept the young Greek so long. FC Bayern Munich had a difficult schedule during this time, but as soon as they brought in Pesic the schedule got a bit easier and I think with wins this could get Pesic roling easier into his new job and get the team forward better. I think one has seen the signature of Pesic so far with his first games. The team has scored well and the defense will also be come, but it takes time to grow. I believe FC Bayern Munich is a candidate for at least the semi final or final, warned basketball expert Steven Clauss.
For all those that were born after the first man stepped on the moon, a memory of FC Bayern Munich playing in the first German basketball league will be absent. The last time FC Bayern Munich won a German first division basketball title, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 2, Martin Luther King was assassinated, famous American TV show 60 minutes made its debut on CBS and is still on today, Led Zeppelin make their first Live performance in England and famous Croatian basketball player Toni Kukoc was born as was lovable American actor who you talking about Willis Gary Coleman. The year was 1968 as Bayern Munich won their last title which was a cup. They were also Bundesliga champion in 1954 and 1955. Since the Bundesliga cup win, basketball has been in the shadow of the soccer team moving down and back up in 1974 and then going back to the second Bundesliga in 1982. They were back in the top division in 1987, but returned back down in 1989. Then in 1993, the team was in the Regionaliga. In 1995, 1999 and 2004, the team found itself back in the second Bundesliga, but they never were able to get back into the first Bundesliga as money and quality players were missing. In 2009-2010, 23,000 members from the club Bayern Munich voted and agreed that the basketball department had to be financially supported so that they could return back to the BEKO BBL. In the 2010-2011 PRO A season Bayern Munich plowed through the competition with new head coach Dirk Bauermann, German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene and locker room motivation magnate Darius Hall.
Last season FC Bayern Munich not only brought in experienced basketball players, but with head coach Dirk Bauermann as the Beko BBL version of Phil Jackson who has won 9 Beko BBL titles, seven with Bayer Leverkusen and two with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. And one should not forget his experience that he brought with his coaching duty as German national coach from 2003-2011 leading Germany to a Silver medal at the 2005 European championships. With a budget of seven million Euro, Bauermann had that kid feeling of being able to go into Fao Schwartz in New York city and shop until he drops for the right players. Bauermann knew that he would have a new kind of pressure that he never felt before. There is nothing less accepted than success with FC Bayern Munich. We want to be in the top four teams. We want to play our best basketball when it counts. Titles arent won in October, warned Dirk Bauermann in his rookie season in Munich. The club did a good job not doing a total house cleaning, but keeping a core of guys from the 2011 PRO A championship team. German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene were kept. They may not be the youngest, but still possess special Beko BBL quality. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is 35, but with four Beko BBL titles wanted to add some more with Munich, Darius Hall can still give that big smile and sneer to dazzle you and can give valuable minutes from the bench and young German Bastian Doreth who is being groomed to take over for Steffen Hamann down the road. The club added six top players with three German national players. Jan Jagla returns back to the Beko BBL after playing shortly for the Artland Dragons in 2005, Phillip Schwethelm continues to develop and shines with his defense and shooting and German wunder kind Robin Benzing who is looking to make a further step in the Beko BBL in his third season after not being drafted by the NBA. The team also added Je Kel Foster who is their best one on one player and can be explosive and is a very consistent and reliable player. Ben Hansborough is a Beko BBL rookie and should have some stories about his NBA brother Tyler Hansborough. Fc Bayern Munich already suffered some growing pains as ex NBA player Ruben Boumtje Boumtje declared his retirement on account of heart disease and Sharod Ford left the team because of personal reasons. However the team hauled in Chevon Mr chevy Troutman who didnt need much time to adjust as he belongs to the top centers in the league after only 8 games. We had a roster that could beat any team in Germany. Key was to form a team out of good individual players, warned FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic.
Last season, The club started off with a tough 80-76 loss in Bonn, but then found their rhythm winning four games in a row against some lesser teams, but were able to beat Braunschweig. The team lost two of the last three games against playoff aspiring teams Oldenburg and Artland Dragons before playing against the Fraport Skyliners in November. Bayern Munich averaged 81 points in the first eight games and held their opponents to 80 points. The offense seemed to be rocking, but not their defense yet. Their strength was shooting the ball. They have so many guys that can fill it up with Greene, Wallace, Schwethelm and Foster. Their defense is ok, but the best bet for a team is too run on them, because they have bigs that dont come back quick enough. They had problems with their pick and roll defense, but we played them before Chevon Troutman came, warned Josh Young. Even though Foster was out done in Overtime by David Holston in the loss at Artland, Foster belongs to the top players in the Beko BBL and lead FC Bayern Munich in tough times. Foster impressed me the most on that team. He is a smart and great shooter and solid on defense. He is just as tough as nails. You have to put Foster in the same trio of Brown, Wood and Holston, warned Josh Young. After the big 58-57 win against the Fraport Skyliners, that Frankfurt should have won, but let Foster get hot in the last minute, the team continued to be up and down into February having a 6-7 record. and their next meeting against the Fraport Skyliners in Frankfurt which they lost 68-49 and Jimmy Mckinney dropped 18 points in the win. The loss in Frankfurt was a huge wake up call as they came out storming in the last 11 games winning ten of the games. There only loss was in Berlin and they had huge wins against Artland, Wurzburg and Bamberg. The strong stretch run helped them reach a position of five with a record of 22-12. They lost a hard fought five games series against the Artland Dragons.
This season, the already high expectations got even greater as now a title is something that the big bosses want to see. The club has one of the biggest budgets in the league and anything but winning titles would be a major disappointment as one is seeing more and more that Uli Hoennes is slowly getting a basketball mentality to match his already huge soccer mentality that will never be surpassed by basketball. The team wanted to keep some of the team chemistry by keeping eight players. Five Germans were kept with captain Steffen Hamann who isnt getting younger, but is a back up player that any team would die for, Demond Greene who can still give a mean defensive presence, Robin Benzing who will strive under new coach Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ), Jan Jagla who also will strive more under father in law Sveitislav Pesic and young big man Bogdan Radosavljevic who will prosper from daily practices with the experienced players. The club also kept the inside duo of Jared Homan who might be the fiercest player in the league and Chevon Troutman who continues to dazzle with his athletic ability. The team also held Aleksandar Nadjfeji that will end his carrer in Munich. The team added 4 high class players starting with top Israel player Yotam Halperin who has such a versatile game and brings 140 Euroleague games to the table. Lawrence Roberts is an all around solid big man that played 88 games in the NBA. The team also hauled in top point guard Tyrese Rice who can decide a game at anytime and role player Brandon Thomas that could be a top scorer for almost any other team. Before any of these players had even played a minute in the new season, FC Bayern Munich showed their FC Hollywood face releasing a press release that might of even had an eskimo reading it in Alaska as they dismissed Dirk Bauermann. What exactly happened will never be known, but the timing couldnt have been more unusual or untimely. The team stuck with assistant coach Yannis Christopolous who didnt fare well shaping a team of stars. The team then got their wish candidate with Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) that won 7 titles with Alba Berlin including the Korac Cup in 1995, the 1993 European championships with Germany and 2001 European championships with Yugoslavia and 2003 Euroleague with FC Barcelona. Pesic is a winner that preaches defense like Bauermann and likes a structured offense. He will bring chemistry to this team. The strength of the team is the deep rotation and that many players stayed form last season. They might also have the best three man inside trio with Homan, Roberts and Troutman and not too forget Jagla who also helps down low. There biggest enemy will be themselves. The pressure will continue to rise as soon as a losing streak rises, but there is no better coach than Pesic to douse the fire when Bayern Munich gets dark red.
Last season the two teams split the season series. FC Bayern Munich won in Munich 58-57 a game that the Fraport Skyliners had as good as won, but let Je Kel Foster get hot in crunch time securing the win. In the return date in Frankfurt, The Fraport Skyliners humiliated FC Bayern Munich 68-49 as they limited them to nine points in the first quarter and 22 points in the second half. Frankfurt showed a strong defensive performance for 40 minutes and was led by Jimmy Mckinney with 18 points and Jermareo Davidson chipped in with 12 points. Since Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) took over the team has a 4-1 record and four game winning streak and have averaged an amazing 109 points in the last four games. Pesic has quickly made FC Bayern Munich from an average team into an NBA type scoring team. He has given certain players the needed self confidence and needed freedom. The Fraport Skyliners will have to live off their bread and butter defense to have any chance, but steal add a few gears to their win against BBC Bayreuth. Their defense still needs improvement since they have given up 84 points in the five games under Pesic, but their scoring power is so potent, that they can afford to give up points at the moment. Munich is rolling. We have to carry our defensive momentum into this game and keep the trust up. You have to keep an eye on every player, because if you dont then they can kill you. The names just dont stop. They can all get crazy on the court, warned Ted Scott. One Skyliner is looking forward to the game. I am looking forward to playing against my ex teammate Jared Homan. Key to winning will be defense, rotations and executing on offense. I have already been doing some trash talking with Homan, smiled Dwan Robinson. Munich knows that their strength isnt on individual defense at some positions, but their offense is so much stronger because they have the freedom and when a player finds an option right away then he is allowed to shoot. They play with the motto that offense is their best defense. If you want to stop Munich then you have to begin under the basket which is tough to do with their many talented individuals. You have to begin at the defensive end and control the boards. One can see that Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) is playing the same style as in the German national team, stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Andrej Mangold.
FC Bayern Munich is led by Chevon Troutman is a 29 year old 202cm forward from Williamsport, Pennsylvania that is playing his second season in Munich. He is a tough, talented rebounder, athletic defender, tough offensive player and fierce competitor who plays with much passion. He has contributed primarily in the low-post but also can play on the perimeter. His high school coach also coached NBA star Allen Iverson. Troutman played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2001-2005 where he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three years in a row from 2002-2004. As a professional basketball player he has played three years in Italy and three years in France for Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA). He was a French All Star twice and won the cup in 2008 and was French PRO A champion in 2009. In 2010-2011, he played for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five), injured in Jan.'11 and was off for 4 months: 16 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-3 (8.3rpg), Steals-3 (2.7spg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 69.0. Last season he played German League: 35 games: 13.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-3 (64.8%), 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 73.1%; EuroCup: 6 games: 13.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 70.8%. Tyrese Rice is a 25 year old 185cm point guard that is playing his second season in Germany and first with FC Bayern Munich. He played at Boston College form 2005-2009 playing a total of 132 NCAA games. In 2009-2010, he was a rookie playing for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece) averaging 11.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 81.4%. In 2010-2011 he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 5.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg; German League: 43 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 25 games: 9.7ppg, 1.4rpg, Assists-3 (4.4apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 75.9%; VTB League: 21 games: 13.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 79.8%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 14.3ppg, 1.0rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%; EuroCup: 15 games: 11.1ppg, 1.5rpg, Assists-4 (4.7apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 87.9%; Baltic League: 4 games: 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apggames: Score-2 (17.2ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-4 (5.1apg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 81.0%. Last season he played for .Jared Homan is a 29 year old 206cm center from Iowa that is a fierce competitor and battles inside and blocks shots and is playing his seventh professional season. He played at Iowa State from 2001-2005. The American has had a solid professional career having played in countries like Greece, Korea, Turkey, Croatia, Poland and Italy. He played at Canadian Solar Bologna (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 4 games: 15.3ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.8spg; left in Nov.'11, later that month moved to FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 30 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-3 (7.8rpg), 1.9apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 46.4%, FT: 49.7%; EuroCup: 4 games: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg. . Jan Jagla also returned back to the Beko BBL last season after playing in other countries for six years and is playing his second season for FC Bayern Munich. Jagla is a 31 year old 213cm forward from Berlin Germany. A seven-foot power forward with the skill set of a guard. Can post up and score inside and is a great three point shooter as well. Was compared too much times to Dirk Nowitzki at his teenage days, and this limited his maturation. He started his basketball career at Lichterfelde and then went to the States to play NCAA ball at Penn St. He then played for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg: released in Nov.'04 and joined Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%. In 2005-2006, he had a taste of the NBA playing with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), waived in Oct.'05, then signed at Drac Inca Mallorca (Spain-LEB, starting five): 28 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.1%. From 2006-2011, he played for top tams in Europe including Turk Telekom Ankara, DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB,) from 2007-2009 where he played with Demond Mallet and Ricky Rubio and helped win the ULEB Cup in 2008. The last two years, he played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia . He has played 40 Euroleague games and has been part of the German national team since 2006. In 2010-2011 he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, starting five): Polish League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Polish League: Euroleague: 10 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.7%; VTB League: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 16 games: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg. Currently, he is averaging 8,4ppg and 4,5rpg. Last season he played EuroCup: 6 games: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 70.0%; German League: 36 games: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg. Brandon Thomas is a 27 year old 198 cm shooting guard/small that is playing his first season for FC Bayern. Even though, he only played sparingly at UMASS in his senior year averaging 4,0ppg and 1,1rpg in the 2006-2007 season, he came to Europe in 2007 and exploded in the leagues in Norway and Austria. In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. In 2009-2010 for Braunschweig, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. In 2010-2011 for the Phantoms he played : 37 games: 14.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 78.7%. Last season he played for Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 7 games: 4.1ppg, 2.7rpg; in Dec.'11 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL, starting five): German League: 31 games: 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 62.1%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 71.1%; EuroChallenge: 9 games: 14.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 88.0%
Robin Benzing is playing his second season in Bavaria and is a 2 year old 208cm forward from Seeheim-Jugenheim south of Frankfurt, Germany. He is a big forward who can play in both positions (if he works on the physical department) as he has the size and the shooting skills too. His game looks like his country-mate Jan Jagla, he is a bit lighter than the German international, and is playing mostly within the wing. He is amazingly good ball handler for his size and he can attack the basket going both ways. He started his basketball career for TV Langen in 2004 and played there until 2009. He played for ratiopharm Ulm the last two seasons playing a total of 66 Beko BBL games. In 2010-2011 season, he was the top scoring German in the Beko BBL averaging 15.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 77.2%. he also has been a member of the German national team since 2009 and played at the European Championships in Lithuania -11: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 52.6%, FT: 78.6%. Last season he played EuroCup: 6 games: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 84.6%; German League: 35 games: 8.0ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 71.4%. Yotam Halperin is a 28 year old 193cm shooting guard that is a player with phenomenal personal abilities, although he bases much of his game on movement without the ball and team play. A great shot beyond the rim, fast, clever, good passer. Gifted drawer of fouls. H has great passing skills, knows how to move in traffic and how to draw fouls. He played his first league games for Macabbi Tel Aviv with 17 and Euroleague with 18. He was drafted by the NBA Seattle Supersonics in 2006 in the second round. He never played in the NBA, but continued to paly for Macabbi Tel Aviv and three seasons for Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1). He won five Israel league titles with Macabbi Tel Aviv and two Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005. He also won two cups with Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1)and has been a member of the Israel national team for many years. Lawrence Roberts is a 30 year old 206cm power forward from Houston, Texas. He is fundamentally sound at every aspect of the game for his position. Not too many holes or weaknesses to speak of. A born leader and an excellent team player that is always looking to do what's best for the team. Great contributor on the boards. Averaged a double-double in his sophomore year at Baylor and his junior year at MSU. Possesses a good jump shot and solid post up moves. Hard worker that is constantly looking to improve his game. He played at Baylor from 2001-2003 and at Mississippi State from 2003-2005. He was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 2005. He played for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2005-2007. He came to Europe in 2007 and played in only three countries with Sebia, Turkey and Lithuania. Last season he played for Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), loaned to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Lithuanian League: 25 games: 6.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 58.6%; VTB League: 21 games: 8.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 52.7%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 5.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg; EuroCup: 16 games: 7.0ppg, Reb-4 (6.4rpg), 1.1spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 44.8%, FT: 59.1%; Baltic League: 3 games: 7.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg.
Demond Greene is playing his third season for FC Bayern Munich and is a 33 year old 185cm guard that was born in Fort Hood Texas. He is spectacular point guard or shooting guard, great athlete, not very tall but he can jump and dunk, good shooter and is a former long-jumper. He started his career at TuS Aschaffenburg in 1996. He then played together with Dirk Nowirzki,Robert Garrett and Marvin Willoughby at DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg. Greene played for DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg from 1997 to 2002. He then played for Bayer 04 Giants Leverkusen from 2002-2005. He then played for ALBA Berlin from 2005-2007. He then played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A2). In 2010-2011, for FC Bayern Munich, he played 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 80.0%. Greene is a four time Beko BBL All Star, won the Beko BBL cup in 2006 with Alba Berlin and has been a member of the German national team in 2000-2001 and from 2004 until present winning the Silver at the 2005 European championships. Last season he played : EuroCup: 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg; German League: 39 games: 4.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg. German national player Steffen Hamann returns for a third season to Munich. Hamann is a 31 year old 194cm guard from Bamberg. He started his career at Bamberg in 1997 and played there until 2008. He was Beko BBL champion twice with Bamberg. He played for Alba Berlin from 2008-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2009. In 2010-2011for FC Bayern Munich, he played 20 games: 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.9%. Before coming to Munich, he has played 88 FIBA international club games. He has been a member of the German national team since 2003 winning the silver at the 2005 European championships. Last season, he played : EuroCup: 6 games: 6.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 90.0%; German League: 39 games: 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 69.0%. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is playing his 11th season in the Beko BBL and third with FC Bayern Munich and is a 36 year old 203cm forward from Serbia that is has excellent athletic skills. Can run and jump. Very impressive dunker. Can shot. Also good defender. He played for The Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2001-2005 where he never averaged less than 13,8ppg a season in the German league. He then played for RheinEnergie Koln from 2005-2008 where he helped win the Beko BBL title in 2006 and helped win a cup. As Cologne was having problems financially, he went to Alba Berlin in the middle of the 2007-2008 season helping them win the championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He then played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and in 2010-2011 season with FC Bayern Munich played 30 games: 12.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP-3 (66.4%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 58.0%. Last season he played EuroCup: 6 games: 3.5ppg; German League: 35 games: 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.6%, FT: 59.0%.
Guard Leon Friederici (190-PG-95) has left Crailsheim to join Pro B side Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen. Friederici most recently played for the Merlins second team in the Regionalliga and spent the season before in 2.Regionalliga for Braunschweig's second team, but will now jump up to Pro B in a consistent role for the injury-ravaged Giants. New Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen coach Daniel Nelson hasn't had the start he wanted, but the short-handed Giants have remained extremely competitive... [read more]
Friederici most recently played for the Merlins second team in the Regionalliga and spent the season before in 2.Regionalliga for Braunschweig's second team, but will now jump up to Pro B in a consistent role for the injury-ravaged Giants.
New Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen coach Daniel Nelson hasn't had the start he wanted, but the short-handed Giants have remained extremely competitive in losing six games by an astounding five points or less. Four of the team's games have been decided by three or less points.
Friederici played seven games of Pro B basketball in 2014-15 for Braunschweig and also appeared in a BBL game for the Merlins last season. He had appeared in just one Pro A game for the Merlins this season.
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that is playing his first season with Gotha in the Pro A. Ke played the last two seasons for Lich and last season played 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg [read more]
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that is playing his first season with Gotha in the Pro A. Ke played the last two seasons for Lich and last season played 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.1%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2012 and played his first two seasons for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and in the 2013-2014 season played 26 games averaging 20.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season for the Licher Basket Baeren he played 28 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.2% He spoke to Eurobasket after the big 64-56 win against Heidelberg last weekend.
Elijah congrats on the 64-56 win in Heidelberg. How good did it feel to win on the road again after 4 straight loses on the road?
Thanks a lot. It was a good feeling. We must continue to build off this.
Despite being down 17-14 after 10 minutes, both teams did execute on offense, but did you think that the game would be a grind out game for 40 minutes?
Heidelberg did a good job offensive rebounding in the first half. We gave up way to many. They have a good team and have been playing well this season so we knew coming in that it would be a challenge.
There was a stretch where Gotha almost went 10 whole minutes midway through the third to the fourth without having a single field goal, but still had the 49-43 lead. How pleased were you that the defense became the back bone of the team in this phase?
I was very pleased. Defense is something we take pride in and it paid off last night when our shots were not falling. We need to keep bringing focus and energy on the defensive end to be successful.
Samuel Parker was hot in crunch-time connecting for 9 points and you added 4 points. What have you learned to appreciate most about the game of Parker this season.
Just being consistent. Every game you know exactly what you will get from him which is a great quality to have.
You only played 11 minutes, but contributed four points, one assists and a steal. How much of a challenge is it for you in general to be as efficient as possible in the minutes that you get? I don't feel like its much of a challenge- I know what I do well and I try to stick to that so that I can help my team in the best way.
Gotha currently is in seventh place with a record of 7-6 after 13 games. Is this a position that head coach Chris Ensminger and the team is happy with at this juncture of season?
We are not happy at all with our record but feel we are making the right steps to improve.
The season has been up and down as it has lost two games in a row twice and now has a two game winning streak. Why has the team not been able to have a big winning streak yet?
We gave away too many games. We have to be focused and ready every night we take the floor.
The team has such a good balance of many talented and versatile players. How well is the team coming along at the moment in their development in team chemistry?
We are coming along step by step. We just need to continue believing in each other.
How valuable has the addition of Dane Watts been. Obviously he is skilled, but what do you feel is his biggest asset in the offensive system of Gotha?
Experience. He has played at a high level and knows exactly what it takes to be successful. I think the team feels off that energy.
Your averaging 17 minutes per game and averaging 6,8ppg and 2,3rpg while shooting 45% before the Heidelberg game. Do you feel like you could be doing more in the minutes you are getting?
My minutes per game have been up and down so far this season- One game 20minutes and next maybe 10. My goal is to just be aggressive in the time that I get and find ways to help my team win.
You are averaging less minutes than with Lich. Have you been able to incorporate other parts of your game more with Gotha than you did with Lich?
I think defensively and basketball IQ I have made a huge step but offensively I feel I had a more all around game with Lich.
The next game is against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. They are coming off a tough loss against Chemnitz, but are playing better basketball in the last weeks. What do you feel will be key to getting the win?
We must be prepared for Essen. I think the key will be for us to concentrate defensively for 40 miutes.
The talk is usually about Lebron or Steph Curry, but one has to mention that Russell Westbrook is averaging triple double stats with points, rebounds and assists. Where do you rate him at the moment just with sheer stats and how he is doing it from the point guard position?
Westbrook is on a mission. As of now he is the MVP in my book.
What do you feel will be the journey of the Golden State Warriors this season? Will they be able to win the title again and with 65 plus games?
I can't see them winning 65 games again or winning the title. It will be interesting to watch!
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.'.
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