Pete Strobl has been around the European basketball scene for 20 years having had a stellar professional basketball career and was an assistant coach for German easyCredit BBL team ratiopharm Ulm last season. He recently was named head coach of the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. He played at Niagara (NCAA) from 1997-2000 and then had a 9 year professional playing career that took him to countries like Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Iceland and Switzerland. He founded The Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh and wrote a must read book called Backspin. He is a very interesting basketball mind that doesn´t shy away from speaking his mind especially on Twitter. German Hoops and Pete Strobl will team up every so often talking basketball with the title “Current basketball affairs with Pete Strobl. You can follow Pete Strobl on twitter @petestrobl
How is everything in Braunschweig so far?
I absolutely love the city of Braunschweig! As you know we’re entering a hectic time of the year with preseason. But I got here early to get acclimated and I’ve already had some time to get around the city and explore. I really like it here and I feel fortunate to be able to call this home for the next several years. There’s a lot of energy in the air surrounding our team right now. It’s been really cool to get to know some people around town and feel the warmth and excitement for what we’re building.
Speaking of building, it seems like you’re piecing together the future of German basketball.
I don’t know if I would go that far yet, but that’s definitely the goal. Someday I would love for Braunschweig to be the home of multiple National Team players so that Henrik Roedl has to spend a lot of time here at our games and practices checking up on his players. Our GM Sebastian Schmidt and I worked really hard to chase some of the top rising German talents and I couldn’t be happier with the team we’ve put together. Most basketball fans already know about Karim Jallow and Kostja Mushidi, but we also have Garai Zeeb, Lukas Wank and Largs Lagerpusch who are all extremely talented players with a bright future. I’m excited to push them toward their potential!
What do you expect from some of these young players this season?
I would not even use the words “young players” to describe any of them. My assistant David Gomez and I were in the office a few days ago talking about how much of an impact these guys will have for us this season. We’re looking for each one of them to have big roles within our team. These guys already have the physical talent and ability to compete at this level, and we’re going to provide the opportunity to them to produce in one of the best leagues in Europe. I think fans around the league will be pleasantly surprised and will enjoy our style of basketball.