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. Currently he is 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 (agency: Octagon Europe ) team up so often talking basketball with the title ‘Current basketball affairs with Pete Strobl (agency: Octagon Europe ). You can follow Pete Strobl (agency: Octagon Europe ) on twitter @petestrobl
How have you managed the team during the Corona crisis?
Without a blueprint or any previous experience with something like this, I think coaches worldwide have been forced to ‘game plan’ for a wide variety of different possible scenarios. This entire situation has forced all of us in the basketball world to respond to one of the most unique set of circumstances we’ve ever faced. Personally, I did my best to stay in contact with our players as much as possible to communicate relevant information as it was passed along to me. However, in the heat of the moment everybody was understandably most concerned about the overall health and safety of all involved. It was honestly a long awkward period of waiting to see how things developed and what would happen with the possible continuation of our season.
What are your thoughts on the tournament to finish the BBL season?
On one hand I’m selfishly disappointed that our team isn’t involved purely because of my own competitive nature. I also fully understand the reasoning behind each club making their own decisions based on the parameters at play. On the other hand I think it’s fantastic that there’s a push to find a way to finish the season in some way, shape or form. There’s obviously still a lot of hurdles to overcome and everything needs to be done to ensure that all necessary health precautions take place, but the overall idea is a good thing in that it’s forcing people to at least think about ‘life after’ this pandemic. Best-case scenario in my opinion is that basketball collectively is able to attract even more fans and can capitalize on being one of the very few live televised sports options for people to enjoy.
How do you move forward with your planning for next season?
Now that our season is officially over it’s important to shift the entire focus into planning for next season. Lately I’ve been watching a lot games of prospective players. It can be very time consuming talking to agents from all over the world, but I embrace the process because we need to make sure we find the right pieces to compliment what we already have here in Braunschweig. I’ve spent the last several weeks analyzing our team this season and how we performed. I’ve also used this time to look in the mirror to be critical with myself as well. I have big goals and it’s crucial that I continue to improve in every possible way (I’ll always have that mindset). Although we had some great moments and big wins, there are a lot of lessons to be learned to ensure that we continue to grow.