If Karl Malone would have been true to his nickname and dressed up for a day as a mail man in Cincinnati, Ohio in the mid 90´s where he was more than a house hold name in The NBA averaging 25,0ppg and 10rpg on the street where current easyCredit BBL identity figure and Fraport Skyliner lifer Quantez Robertson lived, there is a good chance that the freak athlete may not even have recognized him. Ok so Karl Malone is a huge noticeable figure at 206cm and 113 kilo´s, but back in the mid 90´s, it was safe to say that Tez wasn´t following Malone´s team. “To be honest, I didn´t really know to much about him. Growing up I didn´t have the opportunity to watch Utah Jazz games. I did know that he was a great offensive player and a strong power forward”, stressed ex Auburn(NCAA) guard Quantez Robertson. Karl Malone was easily the worlds greatest basketball player during Michael Jordan´s short baseball career and over many stretches the greatest even when he and Jordan was dueling. Numbers never lie and Malone had better one´s, but it was the 6 NBA rings that put Jordan over the top. Malone had an easier time finding rings for his many women, but on the court, he never was able to win one in the NBA. The same could be said for Quantez Roberson. Both Malone and Robertson share a similarity in which they never won a league title. They luckly have won at something as Malone was an instrumental piece in the 1992 Dream Team Gold medal win in Barcelona while Quantez Robertson won the Fiba Europe Cup in 2016. The way Robertson ahs played out his heart now for 12 seasons, it is a shame that he has never been rewarded with a BBL league title. He definitely wants to win one badly and for years now has predicted one in pre season. “Predicting a title is something I have always done no matter where I played. That is what we as players play for. We want to win every-time. I´m pretty sure every player thinks the same way I do, but the difference is not everybody says it openly the way I do. The athletic guard also doesn´t see his yearly title prediction as crazy, but a special motivation. “We will always work hard regardless, but we already have the motivation anyway just to go hard each day and play hard and win. First we have the motivation to get to the playoffs. Once we are there, our motivation rises and we feel more motivated to get the title”; warned Quantez Robertson.
The season of the Fraport Skyliners was pretty much already history in March 2020 and as COVID-19 was about ready to hit Europe, most Skyliner fans were already looking to the next season and what could happen, but then everything changed within days. The easyCredit BBL was able to finish their season in June 2020 with a season ending tournament in Munich where the Fraport Skyliners absolutely had no business being, but because so many teams refused to play, were able to slip into the tournament. It wasn´t a great tournament for the 2004 BBL champion as they were able to only edge out 1 win while losing 5. The most positive thing gained by this appearance was that the young players were able to get minutes. Len Schoorman profited the most and turned some heads. He is definitely a player who could make his break through this season at only age 19. With COVID having struck the world so hard and harming and destroying many businesses, the German basketball scene also suffered. It is no secret that the next few years won´t be an easy one financially for many clubs. The Fraport Skyliners are also a club that won´t have the budget they had last season which in turn will effect the type of quality of players the team can get. The team began by saving money by having almost half their roster filled with young German double license players Len Schoorman, Maxi Begue, Bruno Vrcic, Jordan Samare and new arrival Matthew Meredith. Meredith is a tall German 20 year old versatile point guard who made his Pro A debut at age 14 and played many years in Nurnberg. He never made his Pro A break through and now will hope to take on the tough challenge in Frankfurt. It will be interesting to see what kind of a step 18 year old Len Schoorman makes in 2020-2021. “I don´t think it will be asking too much for Len to be able to average 10 points a game, but I think more important will be that he continues to develop his jump shot and decision making”, warned Quantez Robertson. The most important player they held was Fraport Skyliner legend Quantez Robertson who turns 36 in December. Just having his presence on the court is a plus. He has a special aura that will infect any player to perform above and beyond. He may not be as quick as 7 years ago, but all-around he hasn´t slown down much as he still feels the stat sheet like no other and last season played 27 games averaging 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.0apg, Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 69.9%. As always his expectations are very high of himself as he has 3 major focuses. “I need to make sure I stay healthy. I have been very fortunate to have been healthy most of my career. I need to always stay active on the court and lead my team in the right way”, warned Quantez Robertson. The team also kept 31 year old 199cm forward/center Marco Voeller. This will be his 4th season with the club as he returns 71 BBL games experience. He brings that great work ethic to work each day and on the court is a physical player that can make the big defensive play and just does what´s needed in the paint. He isn´t the most consistent finisher, but when he gets the position, he usually will do good things. The club also held on two once big German prospect Richard Freudenberg. The 22 year old 204cm forward that played 26 NCAA games for St Johns(NCAA) has played 84 games for the Fraport Skyliners in 3 seasons and is still looking for his break through. He is a mobile power forward that can shoot, rebound and move well with the ball, but has problems with his free throw shooting and one on one defense. If he could find some consistency, then he could finally achieve his break through season.
The Frankfurt organization also picked up some new talented players. The most remembered is Konstantin Klein who played 133 games with the Fraport Skyliners from 2012-2016. He did have to battle injuries, but he did make a nice development in Frankfurt. He played the last 4 years in Bonn and Ludwigsburg and also had to cope with injuries there. He knows how to run a team and is a pest on the defensive end. Robertson is happy to have the never ending fighter back on the squad and knows what he can do now which he didn´t then. “He has calmed down a lot more on the court and isn´t as hectic anymore. He is still a very aggressive on ball defender. He takes a lot of pride on the defensive end and he will be that same type of defender”, stressed Quantez Robertson. The club also added 29 year old 206cm forward/center Michael Kessens. He brings a lot of experience to Frankfurt having played in the NCAA with schools Longwood, University of Alabama and Florida International University. This will be his 4th professional season and fourth BBL season after playing the last 3 seasons with Bremerhaven and Rasta Vechta where he played 87 games. He excels on the pick and role and knows how to make the right pass from the post. The last missing piece down low was recently picked up with Kamari Murphy. He is a 26 year old 203cm athletic big man from Brooklyn, New York. He brings NCAA experience with Oklahoma State and Miami and professionally played in the G-League and Belgium. Last season he played with Rasta Vechta (Germany-BBL) playing 21 BBL games averaging 5.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 72.0%; and played 12 BCL games averaging 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 47.8%. The big man likes to finish with his quickness and like a Quantez Robertson gives the team a lot of energy. The 3 big men with Voeller, Kessens and Murphy will compliment each other well. “Last season we had leon Kratzer who liked to work with his back to the basket. These year all of our 3 big men are very athletic and will finish around the rim”, added Quantez Robertson.
The club´s first transfer came early in the summer with Rasheed Moore. The 25 year old 196cm forward from Pennsylvania is living the real basketball Cinderella story who made the jump form the German Regionalliga to the easyCredit BBL in just 3 years. He played 3 years with Pro A team wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen and helped them move up a division twice. Each season he proved he could make the jump up the next level. Last season with the wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen (Germany-ProA) he averaged 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 73.0%. He is a player who always gives 110% on the court that has a all around good game. He definitely has impressed his teammate Tez so far. “He has been doing real well adjusting to the BBL. He may be an undersized 4 player, but he can move and can shoot. He will eb a real help for us this season”, stated Quantez Robertson. The most interesting signing could be Jon Axel Gudmundsson from Iceland. He is a 24 year old 196cm guard that comes direct from well known north Carolina basketball school Davidson that brought the NBA Steph Curry and Germany loads of players in the past like De´Mon Brooks, Wayne Bernard, Ben Ebong, Narcisse Ewodo, and Brendan Winters just to name a few. The former Atlantic 10 tournament winner. The consistent offensive player that averaged 7,0 rebounds in his last 2 seasons in the NCAA also has a very keen basketball IQ and can shoot out the lights. He also could surprise a lot of people with another strength that will get him to the free throw line a lot. “Jon is a big strong guard that can shoot the ball well, but he also likes to attack the rim. He could very well lead the team in free throw attempts. He also talks on the court and tries to help get guys into the right position”, said Quantez Robertson. The most key signing was explosive scorer Matt Mobley who only played 1 game last season for Frankfurt before cOVID-19 came. He is a 26 year old 190cm guard that has scored everywhere he has played form the NCAA to Belgium and Turkey. The American could be the team´s bests corer in a long time. “Matt will be our #1 scoring option. He is always clam and relaxed on the floor. He can shoot the ball at a high clip and will help us with getting more attraction opening up the floor. He should be our best three point shooter”, stressed Quantez Robertson. Running the team this season will be 25 year old 180cm point guard Manu Lecomte. The Belgium national player had a solid career at Baylor(NCAA) reaching a NCAA Sweet 16 and had a strong rookie season with Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (NBA G League) averaging 14.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 40.2%, FT: 86.2% and got experience in Spain with Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Spain ACB) averaging 6.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 30.6%, FT: 79.4%, and with Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain-ACB) averaging 5.4ppg, 1.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 80.0%, FT: 90.0%. “He is a fast scoring point guard who can shoot and pass the ball well. He can be a vocal leader for us and defensively will be a plus when he and Konsti go full court”, warned Quantez Robertson.
Last season the club had massive problems scoring points on a consistent basis and had to rely too much on their defense. Even when they defended well, it wasn´t enough for a win. The club didn´t play as much transition last season, but that could change this season as well as a few other things. “I believe that we will play more uptempo this season because we have more athletic players. That like to push the ball. We will have normal number of sets, but not always be using them with our uptempo style. A big goal of ours this season is too execute better than we did last season. We have to always move the ball well and shoot better than last season. I think we have mor shooters this season so that should help us more”, added Quantez Robertson. The club hasn´t defended to well in the last years in comparison to what they were doing 5-6 years ago, but surprisingly with their 82 points on average let up points still belonged to the best defensive teams last season. Wanting to be the best defensive club is still a goal like it has been each season in the last years. “Most important this season for us being successful is holding each other accountable on the defensive end”, warned Quantez Robertson. So where will the basketball journey of the Fraport Skyliners end this season? The great thing about the Fraport Skyliners is that they are always good for a win against any team. Last season they were always hard working, but had injury woes. The team never has the most talent, but somehow the team always comes on the court ready to play. Their big goal should be to become the best defensive team possible and let that spark their offense. This could be a very good offensive team. They have a lot of potential and are stronger than last season. Anything is possible this season. The club should finish somewhere between 7-12. Quantez Robertson is the youngest anymore and isn´t getting any younger so winning that first BBL league title won´t come around so many more years or could it? The drive and focus of Quantez Robertson is huge to win and not retiring until he wins has crossed his mind. “I mean not retiring until I win could be apossiblity, but it might not happen. I want to play as long as I can”, warned Quantez Robertson. The passion to win won´t stop for Robertson, because he knows that he and Karl Malone are missing something. “Karl and I have won, but we just haven´t won the title we really wanted”, warned Quantez Robertson.