One of Germany’s top young basketball talents has been criticized by his team’s manager for not using his potential. Elsewhere, Usain Bolt’s coach thinks the world record holder can go even faster and the Denver Nuggets may have cause for concern after a major injury.

Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder publicly criticized Bamberg center Tim Ohlbrecht for his lack of production in the past few weeks. Ohlbrecht, who played for Germany at the 2008 Olympics despite being just 20 years old, went scoreless and picked up three fouls in seven minutes during Bamberg’s loss on Saturday at Bonn.

Heyder’s answer to the Nuremberg Abendzeitung: “He has so much more potential than he is showing at the moment. He finally needs to step on it if he doesn’t want to just remain a mediocre player.”

Ohlbrecht is averaging 4.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.6 blocks, 2.7 fouls and 1.3 turnovers in 15 minutes of action over 13 BBL games this season. His goose-egg in the scoring column against Bonn was the fifth time he went scoreless in the BBL – including three of the last four games.

In two Eurocup games, Ohlbrecht scored 10 and 7 points while averaging 2.5 rebounds and blocking two shots. Ohlbrecht in 2006 was the leading rebounder at the Under-18 European Championship Div. A with 13.9 boards a contest while also averaging 15.1 points and 1.9 blocks.

Moving elsewhere …
Can the lightning bolt get faster? Triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt’s coach thinks so.

The Denver Nuggets’ hopes for an NBA title may have taken a huge blow with the news that Carmelo Anthony may have broken his hand.

In other NBA injury news, Gilbert Arenas appears to be getting closer to returning from knee surgery.

The latest men’s college basketball rankings were a historic one as Pittsburgh was number one – ahead of Duke and North Carolina – for the first time in 101 seasons of Pitt basketball.

Over to baseball, the Chicago Cubs may have gotten the much-needed left-handed bat in switch-hitting slugger Milton Bradley. The deal is reportedly for three years and 30 million dollars.
He still must pass his physical – which with Bradley is never a certainity. But his arrival most definitely means Kosuke Fukudome is out of the mix. Just why give Bradley, who will turn 31 early in the 2009 season, three seasons, especially since he’s topped 400 at-bats just twice.

The Tampa Bay Rays continued their superb personnel decision-making by signing right-handed slugger Pat Burrell from the Philadelphia Phillies on a two-year, 16 million dollar deal.  A great move by a franchise which gets it.

Another top franchise is the Los Angeles Angels. And they did the only logical thing regarding manager Mike Scioscia, extending his contract to 2012.

Moving to football/soccer, goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand said in a kicker interview that a return to the German national team is in the back of his mind and his coming to Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim will help him get noticed and possibly recognized for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.





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