germany-national-teamWe at heinnews would like to present another new section of the website – German Basketball Check. This will be a regular check of the latest on-goings in German basketball – ranging from the BBBL to the German national team and from transfer rumors to latest signings. In general, this is an in-depth analysis of the latest in German baskettball.

In the first installment, we break down the latest rumors surrounding giants Alba Berlin; the German U17 men’s team’s continued succes in their building to the World Championships in July; and Rickey Paulding staying on with 2009 champions and 2010 regular season champs EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Spanish Reports: Valencia after Alba coach Pavicevic
German powers Alba Berlin are dealing with plenty of speculation about the 2010-11 season after their first round exit in the BBL playoffs at the hands of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The latest rumors – brought to light by the Berlin daily Berliner Zeitung – has Eurocup winners Valencia looking to bring in Alba coach Luka Pavicevic according to Spanish media.

The post at Valencia is open after Neven Spahija bolted after the team lost to Unicaja in the quarterfinals of the Spanish playoffs. Among the other candidates are Cibona Zagreb’s Velimir Perasovic, Sharon Drucker of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Khimky Moscow’s Sergio Scariolo.

Pavicevic, who came to Alba Berlin in 2007 from Greek side Panionios, guided Alba to second place in the BBL regular season while also losing to Valencia in the Eurocup final.

“I have had no contact with Valencia. Of course it’s always a recognition. But I have a contract and remain committed to Alba,” Pavicevic told the BZ while manager Marco Baldi added: “We are not worrying about that at all.”

German U17 men beat Slovak U18s
The German U17 men’s team continued their preparations for the U17 World Championship in Hamburg in July with an 85-70 victory over the U18 Slovakian national team on Friday, May 28.

Jakob Krumbeck knocked down four three-pointers in scoring 27 points and his TuS Jena teammate Anselm Hartmann chipped in 11 points for Frank Menz’s team, which also played at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament – an international U18 event – in April.

The Germans just completed a training camp in Rotenburg an der Fulda. Menz gave Bogdan Radosavljevic, Malik Müller and Besnik Bekteshi more rest while giving more playing time to Nikolaj Vukovic, Mauricio Marin, Max Merz, Johannes Richter and Stephan Haukohl.

Germany and the U18 Slovaks face off again on Sunday, May 30.

Rickey Paulding stays with Oldenburg, Jason Gardner leaves
American swingman Rickey Paulding agreed to a two-year contract to stay with 2009 German league champions and 2010 BBL regular season winners EWE Baskets Oldenburg, which will see the departure of point guard Jason Gardner.

“It makes us proud to keep Rickey Paulding, one of the best players in the BBL, among our ranks,” said Oldenburg manager Hermann Schüller after the signing on Wednesday, May 26.

Paulding joined Oldenburg in 2007.

Oldenburg also announced that Gardner, who came to northern Germany three seasons ago, will be leaving the club.

“We have a lot to thank him for. Unfortunately he had some difficulties this season after his serious injury. The team really accomplished a lot in that phase with all players having to compensate for the loss altogether,” said Schüller.

Göttingen extends contract with John Patrick
EuroChallenge title winners BG Göttingen extended their contract with John Patrick to keep the American until 2011 as head coach and general manager.

Patrick joined Göttingen in 2003 before leaving for the Japanese league one season. He returned to Göttingen and guided them from the second division to promotion in 2007. And the team has played in the playoffs the past two seasons.

In addition to winning the EuroChallenge, Patrick’s Göttingen lost to Eisbären Bremerhaven 3-2 in the BBL playoff quarterfinals to earn the 42-year-old the BBL’s Coach of the Year.

“John Patrick is the sporting father of our success. Keeping him was our highest priority. Now it will be important to keep the base of this year’s team and continue to develop ourselves structurally,” said starting five GmbH / BG Göttingen CEO Marc Franz.

Henrik Rödl new coach at TBB Trier
After 17 years with Alba Berlin, Henrik Rödl is leaving the German capital to become the head coach at TBB Trier replacing Aaron McCarthy on a three-year contract.

“I will also remain an ‘Albatros’. Now there is another challenge for me in Trier. It is a very big step and a new beginning for me, which I am very much looking forward to,” said the 41-year-old, who had headed Alba’s youth centre since 2007 as head coach.

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