The well known speech from John F Kennedy in Berlin where he uttered the famous and unforgetable words “ich bin ein Berliner” may be more than 53 years old, but that remains something that every kid learns about in the history books from Brooklyn, New York to Perth, Australia and yesterday Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82, college: Missouri) let “Ich bin ein Oldenburger” slip his tongue and got standing ovations for minutes in the EWE arena in Oldenburg. Paulding’s 4 words won’t ever get the world wide press or rememberance as Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner”, but in Oldenburg Paulding will always be their Kennedy.The reason for the long standing ovations and fuss about Paulding was on account of the announcement that he will remain in Oldenburg until 2019 which would give him 12 years in the BBL with one team which is as seldom seen in the BBL as it is teammate Brian Qvale attempting more than one trey a game which he did against the Telekom Baskets Bonn this season and hit both and brings his total of three point attempts in 6 professional seasons to only 14. It is just not a given in todays age of where money rules and the game is a business that a player will remain with one team for that long a period. At the end of this contract extension he will have eclipsed the longevity of Fraport Skyliner legend Pascal Roller who was 11 years with Frankfurt.
Paulding has had an amazing career with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and came to the team in 2007 after having played at the well known Missouri (NCAA) with good friend and ex Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney and then tested Europe playing his three two professionals seasons in Israel and France. With theWE Baskets Oldenburg he has won two titles including the 2009 BBL league title and 2015 cup. He has been a 6 time BBL allstar and currentlly rests at position 5 in the league all-time scoring. His middle name could be prolonged to Rickey Mr Oldenburg and consistency Paulding as he gives that name a special new meaning as he has averaged double digit scoring every season in the BBL and is having his best scoring season averaging 16,1ppg showing that he isn’t slowing down with age as he is 34 years old. The club is proud to have such a great player and charachter in their organization. “Rickey has achieved something that not every athlete does. He has conquered the hearts of the fans. He has became one of them. We are experiencing a symbiosis here that goes far beyond the sport. And the history is fa from being over. We are looking forward to seeing more great things from the best player taht ever played in Germany”, stressed EWE Baskets Oldenburg CEO Herman Schuller.