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%.
Vaughn Duggins (190-SG-87, college: Wright St.) is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Pendleton, Indiana that is playing his sixth professional season, fourth in Germany and second with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Last season with Oldenburg he played 36 games: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2011 paying... [read more]
Vaughn Duggins (190-SG-87, college: Wright St.) is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Pendleton, Indiana that is playing his sixth professional season, fourth in Germany and second with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Last season with Oldenburg he played 36 games: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2011 paying a total of 130 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. In 2011, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen where he played until 2013 and in his second season played 33 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 82.0%. He then played two seasons in France with Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA): 31 games: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 85.9%; Eurocup: 10 games: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 79.2% and Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA, starting five): 32 games: 14.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 12 games: 11.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 78.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently during holiday time..
Vaughn thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you and how have you enjoyed the Christmas time in Germany this season?
I'm currently at my apartment in Oldenburg. The Holiday season in Germany is always amazing. Now that I'm able to share it with my wife and son, it makes it even more special. My mom, Paula, came to visit as well so I have gotten to spend a lot of time with all of them.
You have experienced some Christmas markets over the years in Germany, but where did the Christmas market rank in my all-time favorite city of Hamburg?
The Hamburg Christmas market is high level, and it is always great to experience what each city does differently. It is definitely in my top 3, but Tuebingen's Christmas market has always had a special place in my heart and, together with Oldenburg's, is my favorite.
You had surgery on your ankle recently. How did that go and how has it been the last weeks not being able to play?
Surgery went amazingly well. I was in great hands with foot/ankle specialist Dr. Preis in Wiesbaden. I am feeling better every day and God-willing, I will be on the court faster than anticipated. The last few weeks not playing has not been fun. I am very competitive and not being able to be on the court with my teammates hurts.
You have been pretty injury free your whole career except your junior career with Wright State. With time and experience does a player gain the ability to know how to play wiser knowing how to get around sustaining dumb injuries that could have been avoided on the court?
Haha I wish that were the case. The longer you play, you get to know the 'dirtier' players and you try not to get caught in a situation where a dumb injury can occur. Injuries are going to happen regardless of how wise you become, and sometimes, if you actively try to avoid injuries, the more likely they happen.
Up until your last game in Frankfurt, you were playing very consistently averaging 13,0ppg,3,3rpg and 3,0apg. How much of a pain was it physically playing on a bad ankle?
I have been in pain almost all season and it has definitely affected my play, and it even affected my mentality at times. I wasn't as aggressive and did not have the explosiveness and power that my game commands. I could not help the team like I was used to and It was very frustrating at times.
Last season you averaged 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. Your scoring is down this season. Has your role changed a bit this season with more scoring options?
No, my role has
not changed at all. Up to my last game at the end of November, I have not
played to the level I played at last season. I do believe I can play a lot
better and will try to prove that when I get back on the court.
How much fun is it playing possibly with the best small forward Rickey Paulding and best center Brian Qvale in the BBL? How much easier do they make your job on the court?
I love playing with Rickey and Brian. I have gotten to know them over the last year and a half of being teammates and as good a players as they are, they are even better people off the court. They do so much for the team. Rickey is our leader and and sets a great example for everyone. Brian is an unstoppable force on the block and our defensive anchor.
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg have been up and down with a 8-8 record. How confident are you that the club will have a big turn around in the second half of the season?
I am 100% confident that we will turn up the heat and start playing how we did the second half of last year. We have too many good players and our team chemistry is too good for us not to make a second half push and a deep playoff run.
The club had some good defensive games against Braunschweig, Tuebingen and BG Goettingen earlier in the season. But overall the team has been allowing too many points. What area on the defensive end does the team need to make improvements in the second half of the season?
We just have to execute the defensive plan a little bit better. Our defense could be a lot worse, but if we want to challenge the Top 4, we need to have the same focus every defensive possession and to have constant communication. Just a little bit of talking on that end would fix a lot mistakes we make by having each other's backs.
The club is 6-4 in Champions League play and holding it's own, but it could be 8-2 having lost some close games. What has been the biggest challenge the team has had being successful in this competition?
The Champions league has proved to be a very competitive league in only its first year in existence. The challenge has been in bringing the focus and motivation to every game. We don't have as many fans attending the games home or away as in the BBL and the travel is much more intense also. It is important that we control only what we can control and that is our effort, focus, and mentality every night.
Last season Olden burg had an unwanted departure in the quarterfinals against a very nasty but potent Ulm team. Do the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have the character to be a championship team or just be a strong team that will make the playoffs, but not do damage?
Ulm has not looked back since that series. They are showing their class with their amazing start this year. Of course we believe we have the character, talent, and team chemistry to win a BBL championship. Why else do we play the game? We can beat anyone at any given time, but we have to take it one practice and one game at a time if we want to make it to that level.
I was impressed by the 16 point game by Belgium national player Maxime Zeeuw in Frankfurt. Has he been the solid role player from the bench that you envisioned when he was picked up?
I played against Maxime in Eurocup when I was in Nancy and he was in Rome, so I knew him as a player and his athletic ability and intensity still surprised me. He has high work ethic and can affect the game in many different ways on the court.
Chris Kramer once scored a bucket sitting on the floor at Purdue. You have seen him now everyday for the second season. What has been the most amazing thing you have seen him do on the court in a game or practice?
Chris is the definition of 'machine'. He is a work-horse that is always making amazing plays on both ends of the court. As many tomahawk dunks as he's had in his career, the most incredible things I've seen from him are his chase down blocks. He comes flying out of nowhere when you least expect it.
You are 29 years old and in your sixth season. Would you say that you are in your prime now? Do you see yourself heightening your game in the next few seasons?
Yes, I believe I am in my prime physically, but I always feel there is room to improve, especially from a mental perspective. I have no idea what God's plans are for me and my game, but I am always striving to get better and I want to play the best basketball I can for as long as possible. I will control what I can, but I am just along for the ride.
You played two seasons with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen.and Reggie Redding. Did you know then that he would become a Euroleague player with Alba Berlin and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-BSL)?
I knew Reggie was incredibly talented and could play at a very high level, but you never know what is going to happen. He definitely belongs at that level and proves that day-in and day-out. He is a great guy and I want nothing but the best for him.
You also played a season with American point guard Cameron Wells. How refreshing is it for you to have seen his development with the Giessen 46ers into a very fine BBL player?
It is awesome to see the way Cam is playing. The situation in Tuebingen was a tough one for him. He has reinvented himself in Giessen as a leader and a go-to guy and he has really thrived in that role. He has a bright future.
As a rookie, you told me this about Dashaun Wood. '! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don't remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up. How would that older puppy do against him today?
Haha well Dashaun will for sure disagree with me,, but I think I could take him now. He is one of those guys that is best in a competitive trash talk situation. He raises his level and can play with ANYONE, but I think my strength and athleticism would outlast him. It would be interesting to see that go down. We might have to schedule a closed 1 on 1 game soon.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?
Michael, Magic, Larry and Wilt. And there is no debate!
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?
That is a great question and I'm sure many fist fights have been started by it. I could argue that the last Championship was his greatest of the 3 and it puts him into the top 5 all-time greats. His resume needs a lot more work to crack the top 3, but he is definitely capable of that.
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game? He is number 4 in my personal opinion. Tim Duncan is #1, Karl Malone, is 2, James Worthy is 3 and then KG, but that sure is debatable too.
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
It is one of the most amazing scoring displays of all-time. It is close behind Wilt's 100 and Kobe's 81. I was very surprised that he didn't demand to stay in the game. He was 'en fuego' and who knows how many times that type of feeling will happen throughout his career.
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?
Yes, he absolutely is. The numbers he puts up on a nightly bases are out of this world. He is responsible for almost every creative decision on that team and its crazy that he has that high of efficiency with the speed and intensity he plays with.
What was your most memorable Christmas experience in Indiana when you were a kid?
Our family had a long tradition of driving to Fort Wayne, Indiana and going to (what we thought) was the best Mexican restaurant in the U.S. We would eat there Christmas Eve with my Grandparents and then drive to their house, which was 30 minutes away, to stay and open of presents Christmas morning. We did that for 15+ straight years and it always puts a smile on my face when I think of those times.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Disney's Moana with my wife, Maria, and my 18 month old son, Gianni.
Giesen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer is battling week by week in presenting the best prepared team for every new EasyCredit BBL opponent, but he does have some space in his basketball mind concerning next season and upholding the potent team chemistry and has kept the German boys Benjamin Lischka (204-F-89) and Marco Voeller together as they have agreed to contract extenstions. Lischka will stay until 2019 and Voeller until 2018. Lischka is a 27 year old 204cm forward that is currently... [read more]
Giesen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer is battling week by week in presenting the best prepared team for every new EasyCredit BBL opponent, but he does have some space in his basketball mind concerning next season and upholding the potent team chemistry and has kept the German boys Benjamin Lischka (204-F-89) and Marco Voeller together as they have agreed to contract extenstions. Lischka will stay until 2019 and Voeller until 2018. Lischka is a 27 year old 204cm forward that is currently playing his fourth season with the Hessen team and made a fine debut in the BBL last season playing 31 games: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 78.7%. This season he has played 18 games averaging 3,6ppg, and 2,1rpg while shooting 38,9% from outside. He recently had a 14 point game in 15 minutes in a win against SC Rasta Vechta. The German who also gained experience with Crailsheim and Kirchheim in the Pro A is elated about staying in Giessen. "I am looking forward to the next years. It is a great feeling that I can play in my home. I want to thank Heiko Schelberg that allowed this to happen", stressed Benjamin Lischka.
Marco Voeller is a 28 year old 199cm forward that celebrated his birthdayrecently and is playing his first season in Giessen. It took him a while in his career until he was able to make his debut in the EasyCredit BBL as he was 27 years old with Giessen. The German who is the son of German football legend Rudi Voeller played in locations like TV Langen, Hanau and Gotha where he developed slowly, but also stuck to his trade and now is playing in the best league in Germany. This season Voeller has seen action in 17 games averaging 3,2ppg, and 1,4rpg. The German is also content about remaining in Giessen. "I am looking forward to playing anotehr season in Giessen. I feel comfortable here and it is fun to play in this environment, so making this decision was easy", added Marco Voeller.
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes(198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories.Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi H... [read more]
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes (198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories. Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 25 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (14.3rpg), 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 34.5%.
Skyes started his basketball career in 2010 with Cent.Florida (NCAA) playing 32 games: 4.0ppg, 3.2rpg. In his second season he played 32 games: 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 54.3%. As a junior he played 31 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.7%. As a senior in 2013-2014 he played 30 games: 17.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 54.0%. He started his professional career in 2014 with U.S. Basket Recanati (Italy-A2 Silver) playing 28 games: 17.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 55.2%; A2 Gold Playoffs: 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been C-USA Tournament Semifinals -12, All-C-USA 1st Team -13
C-USA All-Defensive Team -13, NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team -13, All-AAC 2nd Team -14, AAC All-Tournament Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver 2nd Team -15, and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -16.