BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) forced the game against Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) into an overtime, but lost by four points 81-85 on Saturday night. The game took place in Chemnitz. But the guests from Cuxhaven were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. American players dominated the game. Jeremiah Kelly orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cuxhaven BasCats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will face Finke Baskets (#12) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#14).
There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Vechta beat Heidelberg on the road 85-79. Duesseldorf won against Crailsheim on its own court 83-66. Finke Baskets managed to outperform Gotha in Paderborn 97-85. Ehingen managed to beat Leipzig at home 61-58. Kirchheim was defeated by NBC on the opponent's court 83-71. Karlsruhe beat Jena in a home game 89-76. ETB Wohnbau was destroyed by Goettingen on the road 69-47. The most impressive performance of 17th round was 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists by Ahmad Smith of NBC.
No shocking result in a game when second ranked SC Rasta Vechta (13-4) beat on the road 8th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (8-9) 85-79 on Sunday. MLP Academics Heidelberg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to MLP Academics Heidelberg's 30. SC Rasta Vechta forced 21 MLP Academics Heidelberg turnovers. American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 9 assists and 7 steals. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Devin White (203-88, college: SUNO) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for MLP Academics Heidelberg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta maintains second place with 13-4 record behind leader Goettingen. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face league's leader BG Goettingen at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#15). Top scorers: Vechta: R.Williams 21+3reb+9ast, J.Doerksen 16+5reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 10, C.Hassan 10+3reb+3ast, D.Madrich 10+8reb, D.Krause 7+1reb+1ast Heidelberg: D.White 19+5reb+2ast, J.Heindel 12+3reb+4ast, K.Barth 12+2reb+3ast, T.Blackwood 10+1reb+4ast, C.Sargent 8+5reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 6+5reb+2ast
Very expected game when 14th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (5-12) lost on the road to fifth ranked Duesseldorf Baskets (11-6) 83-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. Duesseldorf Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naturalized American forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points. Guard Nico Adamczak (189-90) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Duesseldorf Baskets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cuxhaven. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Duesseldorf Baskets will face bottom-ranked USC Leipzig (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Crailsheim Merlins will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg. Top scorers: Duesseldorf: N.Adamczak 15+3reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 14+4reb+2ast, P.Flomo 10+1reb, T.Tzakopoulos 10+4reb+2ast, G.Johnson 8+3reb+5ast, K.Chones 7+6reb+1ast Crailsheim: M.Rose 19+5reb+1ast, S.Johnson 12+5reb, B.Lischka 9+4reb+1ast, P.Friedel 9+4reb+2ast, J.Moore 8+6reb+1ast, D.Coleman 3+1reb+1ast
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Finke Baskets and 11th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha had identical 6-10 record. But Oettinger Rockets Gotha was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Paderborn 97-85 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Finke Baskets. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was better in third quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Finke Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Oettinger Rockets Gotha's 44 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Oettinger Rockets Gotha 34-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Jason Adams (194-89, college: Missouri So.) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Finke Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 28 points and 5 assists and naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) added 16 points in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Finke Baskets (7-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and NBC. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Finke Baskets will face higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#7) in Allmendingen. Top scorers: Finke Baskets: J.Adams 22+6reb, M.Jost 22+7reb+2ast, B.Rush 14+1reb, M.Fleischmann 14+6reb, J.Jamerson 10+6reb+12ast, V.Kittmann 8+5reb Gotha: C.Griffin 28+2reb+5ast, A.Kuppe 16+3reb+1ast, L.Niebuhr 14+2ast, J.Person 5, T.Baker 5+7reb+1ast, D.Kreis 5+2reb+3ast
Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked USC Leipzig (3-14) was edged by ninth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-8) in Allmendingen 61-58 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 61-58. American players dominated the game. Guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) added 16 points in the effort for USC Leipzig. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to seventh place. USC Leipzig lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. USC Leipzig will play against Duesseldorf Baskets. Top scorers: Ehingen: A.Calvin 14+7reb+2ast, V.Matthews 14+7reb+8ast, T.Unterluggauer 11+2reb, S.Marlon Theis 5+1reb+1ast, T.Rohde 5+1reb, K.Ogbe 5+3reb+1ast Leipzig: N.Freer 16+3reb+2ast, C.Gadley 14+8reb, W.Simon 11+5reb+3ast, A.Sollazzo 7+4reb+3ast, K.Schaffartzik 5+4reb+1ast, K.Kranz 5+3reb
BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) forced the game against Cuxhaven BasCats (#4) into an overtime, but lost by four points 81-85 on Saturday night. The game took place in Chemnitz. But the guests from Cuxhaven were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 18-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-13. Cuxhaven BasCats had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. BV Chemnitz 99 was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. point guard Jeremiah Kelly (182, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St.) answered with 22 points and 6 assists and center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) added 12 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for BV Chemnitz 99. Four Cuxhaven BasCats and five BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cuxhaven BasCats have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 11-6 record, which they share with Duesseldorf. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will face Finke Baskets (#12) in Paderborn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BV Chemnitz 99 will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#14). Top scorers: Cuxhaven: E.Harris 16+8reb, M.Rockmann 16+4reb+1ast, J.Kelly 15+5reb+4ast, S.Thomas 14+6reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 9+4reb, M.Pratt 8+7reb+2ast Chemnitz: J.Bynum 22+4reb+6ast, D.Lawson 12+16reb, R.Cardenas 12+4reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 11+1reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 10+3reb+4ast, A.Jones 9+4reb+1ast
The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked NBC's (7-10) home victory over 14th ranked Kirchheim Knights (5-12) in Nurnberg 83-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-71. NBC made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Kirchheim Knights only scored ten points from the stripe. American players dominated also this game. Guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston) contributed with 18 points (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Five NBC players scored in double figures. NBC's coach Martin Ides used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. NBC moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Finke Baskets and ETB Wohnbau. Kirchheim Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. NBC will face higher ranked Science City Jena (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kirchheim Knights will play against BV Chemnitz 99 (#6). Top scorers: NBC: Z.Nixon 18+1reb+2ast, N.Khartchenkov 17+1reb, D.McDaniel 13+3reb+1ast, C.Adler 11+2reb+1ast, R.Thompson 10+10reb, A.Smith 10+13reb+11ast Kirchheim: M.Smallwood 17+9reb, C.Alexander 17+3reb+4ast, C.Brooks 9+3reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Schneider 6+2reb, S.Adeberg 6+5reb+2ast
There was no surprise when 8th ranked Science City Jena (8-9) lost on the road to third ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-5) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BG Karlsruhe. Science City Jena was better in second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Karlsruhe made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. BG Karlsruhe outrebounded Science City Jena 46-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Science City Jena was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) answered with 19 points and 7 assists and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Science City Jena. BG Karlsruhe maintains third place with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Goettingen. Science City Jena lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face ETB Wohnbau (#10) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play at home against NBC in Nurnberg. Top scorers: Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 28+10reb+4ast, J.Black 17+12reb+3ast, J.Harris 12+7reb+4ast, N.Menck 11+7reb+2ast, M.Stockton 10+2reb+3ast, D.Richardson 6+6reb Jena: K.Barker 19+4reb+7ast, C.Roquette 11+2reb+1ast, L.Jeka 9+3reb+4ast, T.Schwartz 9+2reb+3ast, S.Watts 8+8reb, E.Reyes-Napoles 8+1reb+1ast
No shocking result in a game when first ranked BG Goettingen (14-3) crushed at home 10th ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-10) 69-47 on Saturday. BG Goettingen forced 20 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BG Goettingen have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-3 record. Loser ETB Wohnbau keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. BG Goettingen will face league's second-placed SC Rasta Vechta on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ETB Wohnbau will play against BG Karlsruhe (#3). Top scorers: Goettingen: A.Vargas 11+1reb+2ast, S.Phillips 10+5reb+4ast, R.Harris 10+7reb, P.Guede 9+6reb+2ast, B.Davis 9, M.Wenzl 6+3reb+1ast ETB Wohnbau: J.Henley 12+3reb+1ast, L.Stutz 10+8reb, F.Franke 8+10reb+1ast, T.Bannister 5+4ast, M.Buljevic 5+2reb+1ast, R.Christen 4+1ast
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Walter Tigers Tuebingen (BBL) inked 24-year old American guard Dezmine Wells (196-98kg-92, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in the U.S.. In 25 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg last season. Wells was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Among other achievements Wells' team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2015. He received a... [read more]
Walter Tigers Tuebingen (BBL) inked 24-year old American guard Dezmine Wells (196-98kg-92, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in the U.S.. In 25 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg last season. Wells was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Among other achievements Wells' team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2015. He received also All-Big Ten 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time. Wells graduated from University of Maryland in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Freddie Jackson(193-G-91, college: NC-Wilmington) is a 24 year old 193cm guard from Wilmington, North Carolina with one season of professional basketball under his belt as he played with AS Soleuvre (Luxembourg-Total League) and BZD Ikh-Aravtuud Bulls (Mongolia-Superliga) last season. He started his basketball career in 2011 with NC-Wilmington (NCAA) where he played until 2015 playing a total of 121 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP:... [read more]
Freddie Jackson (193-G-91, college: NC-Wilmington) is a 24 year old 193cm guard from Wilmington, North Carolina with one season of professional basketball under his belt as he played with AS Soleuvre (Luxembourg-Total League) and BZD Ikh-Aravtuud Bulls (Mongolia-Superliga) last season. He started his basketball career in 2011 with NC-Wilmington (NCAA) where he played until 2015 playing a total of 121 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 63.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Freddie, please introduce yourself and your style of play to the Eurobasket Germany readers. What makes your game special in your opinion? You can fill up the stat sheet, but what would you say is a hidden strength in your game that gets overlooked time after time?
I'm Freddie Jackson (193-G-91, college: NC-Wilmington) from Wilmington NC. I'm a typical big guard who is supposed to do everything on the court. My playing style is very versatile, I can score on all 3 levels effectively. I'm a two way player with good size at 6'4 and also well conditioned. I really can fill up the stat sheet, but it is also important for me to get my teammates involved. I think most coaches that I have played for or against in the past will say that I'm a great leader who leads by example and is vocal. What some teams don't have on their scouting sheet is that I can guard positions 1 through 3. I take pride in being a great defender.
You were born in Wilmington North Carolina, went to high school in Wilmington then proceeded to play in the NCAA D1 for the UNC Wilmington. Having spent your entire life in one town, why did you decide to pursue a professional career in overseas basketball? How did head coach Buzz Peterson groom and shape your game to the professional ranks? Describe your first impressions coming to Europe.
I spent the majority of my life in Wilmington playing basketball. I travelled all over the US playing also. I always wanted to play professionally. Basketball is my passion. I'm looking forward to playing in Europe again, this will be a fun challenge to play in another country. Coach Buzz did a great job preparing me for overseas. He was a great mentor and really helped me get ready for pro basketball. Many other players from my school are playing abroad so our coach truly knows what he is doing. My first impression in Europe was different but good. Basketball was still the same. The game is what connects us all. My first
experience was great and I'll never forget it.
You started the season at AS Soleuvre (Luxembourg-Total League) and didn't last through preseason. How disappointing was your first European adventure and why couldn't you stay there? My first team in Luxembourg did not work out for two different reasons. One being I had an ankle injury towards the end of training camp and the other being that the team decided to bring in a small forward instead who was a couple inches taller at 6'6. Sure I was disappointed. But it didn't discourage me from further pursuing my dream.
You finished the 2016 season in Mongolia, a country we don't know much about in terms of basketball. Please give as a first hand report about the league, the players and the overall situation. In a retrospective, do you think it would have been possible finding another team in Europe instead, given how well your game is suited especially for teams in a country like Germany? Mongolia was a small country in terms of basketball, unrecognized by most because of their choice of how to run their own league. They make their own game rules. Games sometimes would simply get cancelled for no apparent reason 30 minutes before the tip-off. This was the only downfall of the league, the competition most places was good, many guys from power 6 conferences played there along with me. There was even some former pros who loved their league and are still active there. For me personally, I really think I could have found a better option than Mongolia, but my agent at the time was trying to place me anywhere, which turned out to be a mistake.
After a very strong senior season at NC-Wilmington (NCAA) where you played 32 games averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 63.6%, you went into your professional season with high expectations. Did you ever think in your wildest dreams that your rookie season would be such a roller coaster ride?
After such a strong senior season I was hoping to possibly workout for some NBA teams but later decided to pursue overseas basketball. Never thought my career would get off to such a shakey start. But I understand that how you start is not how you finish. I just want to play and show everyone what I'm capable of doing. I have abilities that I want to put to good use on a team in Europe.
Graduating college in 2015 as a highly decorated senior, you more or less fell under the radar after returning home from Mongolia. You are now looking to come back to Europe and prove that you can play here on a high level. Please let a possible soon-to-be coach know what it is that you think you can contribute to the team that picks you up. The two main things a coach needs to know are that I'm the kind of player that will do anything to help a team win. I spend most of my free time in the gym. Off the court, I am an easy going person who mostly just stays home. I've never really been a party guy or somebody who would get in trouble. I'm very team orientated people friendly.
How has the transfer market been for you this summer? Do you feel that your unfortunate rookie season has had an effect in interest from teams? What did you learn from your experience in Mongolia that will help you make the right decisions in the future?
The transfer market has been hard so far because of my playing history. I think most teams look at Mongolia and it affects my chances. There are no stats available online, all I have is screenshots of the scouting sheets that were handed to me. I am hoping teams will look at my senior year college and realize that this is the player they'd be getting, except for the fact that now I have further matured and learned more about overseas basketball.
Please describe your typical day during off-season and the things you do to stay in shape and ready for your next overseas assignment. North Carolina has a lot to offer when it comes to Pro Ams and high level tournaments. Did you participate in anything so far this summer? My day normally starts around 7:30 when I wake for breakfast. After breakfast I head to the gym for my first of two basketball workouts which last for about 1 hour each. They usually are filled with many high level quick passing drills. After the first workout is finished, I follow up with a 30 minutes weight sesson which includes stretching and lifting weights. Normally I eat a big lunch followed by some rest. I'm finish my day with shooting toward the late afternoon at around 6.
People say there is a special breed of the North Carolina Guard' and would usually describe these guards as tough, hard-nosed and pesky on defense. Having made the CAA All-Defensive team, would you say this overall description fits you? Who won a one on one in practice, you or Addison Spruill? I think this overall description fits me perfectly. I love defense just as much as I love offense. Both are very important to becoming a complete player, which I like to think I am . Playing basketball in North Carolina growing up is very hard. It's plenty competition and plenty people to measure up to in every age group, from AAU all the way into the pros. I was very successful in high school making the ESPN top 100 shooting guards of my class in 2011 with an overall rating of 85 and 3 stars out of 5. Me and Addison Spruill are good friends. I've been playing against him since high school. When we play one on one games it would be a split between us two, a mutual respect back and forth kind of match up. I feel like we are similar when it comes to our offensive skills, but I will go ahead and say I consider myself a slightly better defender.
After three and a half years as head coach of FC Bayern Munich, Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) won't be patrolling the sidelines in arenas in Europe this season on account of health issues. The 66 year old has undergone knee surgery and won't be able to perform his job as head coach as the rehabilitation will prevent hm from doing his job that is fit. Alexsander Djordjevic will take over as head coach, but Pesic will still have a close function with the team as an advisor."T... [read more]
After three and a half years as head coach of FC Bayern Munich, Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) won't be patrolling the sidelines in arenas in Europe this season on account of health issues. The 66 year old has undergone knee surgery and won't be able to perform his job as head coach as the rehabilitation will prevent hm from doing his job that is fit. Alexsander Djordjevic will take over as head coach, but Pesic will still have a close function with the team as an advisor."Two things are important. One has to make decisions and take reponsibility and develop the players. I feel that I not only made a proper decision concerning my health, but also in the further development of the team. A later decsion might have been too big a risk for the club in the hopes of getting better sooner. I wanted to prevent that and for the first time in my life I thought first about my health", added Svetislav Pesic.
Svetislav Pesic son Marko is also sure that the decison of his father was the correct one and also adds that the influence of Pesic senior has enriched the organization. "In the name of the club, we can give him a big thank you for the work load and effort that he has made. He brought this project forward that is out of the ordinary. Much what he does as enthusiastic ambassador for the game isn't always seen. The development of our youth bears his name. Without his personality, this club wouldn't be where it is now. It was planned that he wouldn't coach next season. We will use his great experience in the next weeks and months. But now his health comes first", stated Marko Pesic. Pesic has won just about everything there is to win in european basketball and his players know exactly how valuable the coach has been to the success of the team that won the 2014 BBL title. "Coach Pesic is a special coach and person. He taught me many things like discipline, intensity and having the right attitude for basketball. I have learned what priorities to have in life. Nobody can take away his unbelievable work attitude. and his love and passion for the game. I wish him only the best for his helath and know he will return at 100%", stressed American Bryce Taylor.
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