Alba Berlin has bolsterd their inside presence with top French player Ali Traore (207-PF-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC). Ali Traore is a 27 year old 207cm power forward that was born in the Ivory Coast. He is a very athletic player, who can play in each of the front court positions. Has great inside game skills, he's tough and has good timing for the offensive rebounds. Also, he can hit a shot from outside. This season, he played briefly for Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-PBL), released in Dec.'12: VTB United League: 1 game: 10pts, 5rbs; Russian PBL: 1 game: 4pts, 2rbs. He started his basketball career in 2000 for the ASVEL Villeurbanne cadet team and stayed in the organization until 2004. He then played for French teams like Quimper UJAP (ProB), Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA) and STB Le HavreIn 2008, he returned back to Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (ProA) where he played until 2010. In 2010-2011, he played for Lottomatica Virtus Roma (Italy-SerieA, starting five): Euroleague: 15 games: 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 56.6%, FT: 73.2%; Italian League: 30 games: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.4%, FT: 67.7%. Last season, he played for Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-PBL): VTB League: 21 games: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 57.5%, FT: 70.1%; EuroCup: 13 games: Score-3 (15.3ppg), Reb-3 (7.1rpg), FGP: 60.4%, FT: 68.5%; Russian League: 20 games: 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 59.1%, FT: 60.9%.
Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been French U16 National Team -01, European Championships for Cadet in Latvia -01, French Cup Finalist -02 French U18 National Team -02, French ProA Champion -02, 09, French All-Star Game Junior Selection -03, French ProA Finalist -03, French U20 National Team -05, French ProA All-Star Game -07, 09, 10, French La Semaine des As Cup Semifinals -09, French ProA Regular Season Champion -09, French National Team -09-12, European Championships in Poland -09: 9 games: 6.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 0.0%, 3FGP: 50.0%, FT: 12.0%, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Domestic Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Domestic Players Team -10, French Pro A Season Domestic MVP -10, French La Semaine des As Cup Winner -10, World Championships in Turkey -10: 6 games: 5.3ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 45.2%, FT: 36.4%, European Championships in Lithuania -11 (Silver): 10 games: 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 64.3%, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 3rd Team -12, Eurocup Quarterfinals -12, VTB United League Semifinals -12, Russian PBL Semifinals -12, and Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg.
The familiarity of German arenas for German basketball ambassador Hans Beth where ex NBA players like Elias Harris and Chris Babb battle to the extreme to get back on the radar of overseas scouts or tiny gyms were American ex NAIA or Juco players play out their dreams just to be able to make a scant basketball living is about equal to if you asked NBA legend Larry Bird to recount specific plays from the 1986 finals where the Boston Celtics dismissed the Houston Rockets to win another NBA... [read more]
The familiarity of German arenas for German basketball ambassador Hans Beth where ex NBA players like Elias Harris and Chris Babb battle to the extreme to get back on the radar of overseas scouts or tiny gyms were American ex NAIA or Juco players play out their dreams just to be able to make a scant basketball living is about equal to if you asked NBA legend Larry Bird to recount specific plays from the 1986 finals where the Boston Celtics dismissed the Houston Rockets to win another NBA title. However for one night in June 2016, Beth left the German basketball court on the back burner and witnessed a totally different sport and breathed in a totally different way of life in the eyes of an American at the legendary Fenway Park. The game had 10 players like basketball, but not on a court, but on grass and dirt. The playing area wasn't in a arena like the Fraport arena that has a capacity of 5,002, but outside with a capacity of 37,949. The music was totally different as there was no Separate Ways from Journey or current pop songs blaring in the Fraport arena, but classic American songs like Sweet Caroline from Neil Diamond or the song every American knows by heart 'Take me out to the ball park. The food was also different as unlike the fewer food choices in the Fraport arena, there was the smell of roasted peanuts or the famous Fenway Franks which is an American Hotdog that tastes best at the ball park. In the Fraport arena, Hans Beth can mingle with people like Jason Boone, Martinis Woody or head coach Steven Key while in Fenway Park, he could come across a totally different type of person with celebrities like New England Patriots CEO Bill Kraft, US secretary of State John Kerry, country singer Kenny Chesney, American writer Stephan King, 80s top model Christie Brinkley, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck or the Wahlberg brothers Donnie and Mark. For one evening Hans Beth who comes over like he could be the lost brother of James Bond as his dapper look is always on as he was able to forget basketball for three hours and catch America's pastime Baseball, a sport from a totally different perspective or could he? Hans Beth 's sole purpose in B