Jimmy McKinney

If In Red, Blue, White Or Now In Magenta With The Telekom Baskets Bonn Jimmy McKinney Wears And Plays It Well Anywhere

When St Louis native Jimmy McKinney was a kid growing up in the now 318,416 populated city situated nicely along the Mississippi river he probably had to utter the words “I was born a year after their last World Series win in 1982”. Mckinney of course is referring to his favorite home town baseball club St Louis Cardinals who have won 11 World Series titles in their illustrious history, but he never was able to witness any Live mainly because the last two came when he was playing professionally in Germany. Their last title came in 2011 when he played with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and he was already there in training camp. The club actually tried their hardest last season to give the sharp shooter that rare opportunity to witness glory and champagne with a 12th title, but the San Francisco Giants eliminated them as he was still at home waiting for a job before heading to the Walter Tigers Tuebingen in December of 2014. Mckinney has worn many colors in his lifetime like the bright cheerful red of the ST Louis Cardinals as a kid and even as an adult as many players do supporting their favorite teams wearing the Cardinals cap when Mckinney was a rookie in 2006 playing for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners he was following the ST Louis Cardinals playoff run intensively and even wore it whenever he could even after a bitter loss in Bamberg early in the season. As a player he has also been wearing certain colors mainly because he had to as with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners white and blue was the norm where he played from 2006-2011, he then wore the white again with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg from 2011-2013 and last season was a Tiger and had the bright yellow colors as he played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. This season he has joined another team in Germany as he has never played in any other country and is sporting the interesting magenta colors of the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Mckinney is a 32 year old 192cm combo guard that prefers the shooting guard position and it doesn´t matter when or where you ask him something about shooting, 95% of the time he will refer to “knocking down shots” as what his goal is when he is on the court on offense. He had an illustrious career at Vashon high school and is a legend in St Louis as he won three titles there and was in good company as notable alumini from there included famous athletes like ex NBA player Anthony Bonner, and world class boxers Leon and Michael Spinks. He then played at Missouri (NCAA) from 2002-2006 playing a total of 123 NCAA games and as a senior played 28 games averaging 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.2%. He then played six professionals seasons with Frankfurt reaching the Beko BBL final in 2010 losing a heart breaker 5 game series to the Brose Baskets Bamberg. After two seasons in Bavaria with Wurzburg he came late to Tuebingen last season, but still displayed a firing stroke form downtown as he played 20 games averaging 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 87.5%. He shot his best percentage from the parking lot last season as a professional. This season he was signed by the Telekom Baskets Bonn with a short term contract, but the American has played with urgency averaging 10,3ppg, 2,1rpg and 1,0apg and 39% from outside in seven BBL games and in Eurocup play averaged 10,8ppg and 1,0rpg while averaging 52% from downtown which has been a reason for head coach Matthias Fischer to keep him hanging around. On a team that is currently shooting very well from outside, Mckinney is an added weapon with his consistent shooting. It really doesn´t matter what color Mckinney is wearing, his consistency on the court lets him play well and wear it well already anywhere as his slick and suave touch hasn´t left since his Frankfurt days.

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Jimmy McKinney (I Will Never Forget The Fraport Skyliner fans and Organization)

Jimmy Mckinney is a 28 year old 192cm guard from St Louis. He is a is a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Vashon High School winning the State tournament three times. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 with well known players like Ricky Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jason Conley. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.2%. He turned professional in 2006 and joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In his rookie season, he played 30 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 38.5%, FT: 77.2%. Mckinney played six seasons in Frankfurt playing a total of 215 games. Today it was announced that he had signed a two year contract with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. German Hoops had a chat with the American about his decision to leave the Fraport Skyliners.

The shock news came today for Skyliner fans that you had left them for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. How tough was it making this decision?

It was a tough decision. I had been with the Fraport Skyliners for six years and I had felt very comfortable with the organization. They had always treated me so well. The fans showed so much love for me in the six years, but it was a family decision to go.

Was the deciding factor at the end like so often in life money?

Like I said it was a family decision. It was a really tough decision. My agents Jamie Knox and Goran Kuzmanovic worked very hard for me this summer and had 7or 8 offers from BBL and Europe. I also had offers with more money. I sat down with my fiance and we wanted to come back to Frankfurt, but we just decided to go elsewhere. We made this decision together.

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Jimmy McKinney And Devin Gibson Wear Their Energy Lederhosen Propelling The Fraport Skyliners Past FC Bayern Munich 68-49

Ever since the German Fussball Bundesliga opened the door in 1963, one would always see the powerhouse FC Bayern Munich each season in Frankfurt in the Wald stadium and later the Commerzbank arena. There have been many unforgettable games and scenes between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt over the years like the Klaus Augenthaler goal from mid field or the hard fought 1-0 Munich win in the 2006 cup final in Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt is trailing in the 86 game history at 44-22-20. FC Bayern Munich wasn´t in town for soccer but for basketball and seeing the red and white FC Bayern Munich jerseys for the first time in the Fraport arena was something to get used to, but a new basketball FC Bayern Munich era had began as Stefan Hamann was back with his piercing blue ocean eyes, head coach Dirk Bauermann wearing his typical men in back outfit with sunglasses only missing to go as a Jack Nicholson, Demond Greene sporting his standard tough all around play and basketball joker Darius Hall were all back in the arena where they had been in before, but for other teams. Being able to say the magical words FC Bayern Munich and not be referring to a soccer pitch, but to a basketball court was soothing and a premier as the Fraport Skyliners were able to take revenge for their 58-57 loss in Munich earlier in the season with a strong team performance 68-49. Just playing against the mighty FC Bayern Brand was something that players reflected upon without even talking about the outcome of the game. “It is great that FC Bayern Munich is in the Beko BBL. Everyone knows Bayern Munich and its great for the competition. It is cool having a soccer and basketball team. I remember it to well from my playing days in Leverkusen”, stated American Jared Newson. “It was a great feeling playing against this great name where there is so much tradition with the soccer team. It was  a great atmosphere and we felt the fans energy”, added Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. “They are FC Bayern Munich rich in tradition like the New York Yankees. Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics or Boston Red Sox. It is always great to win against great competition”, stated Skyliner guard Jimmy Mckinney.

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Jimmy McKinney(Deutsche Bank Skyliners): Every Player Has Been A Hero This Season

Jimmy McKinney is a 26 year old 192cm guard from St Louis. He is a is a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Vashon High School winning the State tournament three times. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 with well known players like Ricky Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jason Conley. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.2%.  He turned professional in 2006 and joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In his rookie season, he played 30 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 38.5%, FT: 77.2%. He is playing his fifth season in Frankfurt and spoke to German Hoops before the game against The Giessen 46ers March 5th.

Congrats on the superb 83-72 win against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Where does the team find this energy despite not having Pascal Roller and Dominik Bahiense de Mello?

We are showing a lot of character and very much mental toughness.

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