Malcolm Delaney

Malcolm Delaney (FC Bayern Munich) Looking To Keep His Professional Title Streak Alive With FC Bayern Munich

It is often said that a person learns best when being confronted by something at an early age, learning by doing or just being exposed to it and getting experience. One of these basketball players that perfectly fills the shoes of a guy that learned how to avoid confrontation and tough situation was FC Bayern Munich guard Malcolm Delaney. He didn´t grow up in Beverly Hills, Lakeshore East in Chicago or Coconut Grove in Miami, but grew up in east Baltimore one of the more avoidable places where one would want to go on account of its violence. He had to learn at a young age in what direction he had to go as a person and on the court. Of course his parents gave him the right guidance and it helped that as a five year old, he had to play against the bigger kids aged 10-12 because there were no programs for kids that young. He learned to be tough at a young age which also helped the mental side to develop mental toughness on the court. Mental toughness is a collection of attributes that allows a person to preserve through difficult circumstances and escape without losing confidence. He didn´t go to a Duke or North Carolina where he would have won many games easily, but instead went to Virginia Tech where the easiness to win isn´t served to you on a silver platter like at Kansas or Ohio State. But Delaney did play in possibly the toughest conference in the NCAA with the ACC where he battled against all the top schools in North Carolina and also big time schools like Syracuse and Wake Forest. He never won an ACC title, and only reached one semi final, but what better way to grow as a player mentally then playing against the best each weekend. His ability to get through difficult situations and lead a team has been demonstrated best in his first two seasons as a professional as he is four for four and is looking for a fifth and sixth title with FC Bayern Munich. In 2011-2012 as a rookie, he didn´t wait long to get that first title, but right away three with Chalon in France. Chalon was a team that nobody had on the radar, but the Baltimore native was one of the main factors with Blake Schilb and Ilian Evtimov why they won two cups and the league title. Last season, he helped Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) win the league title. Ex teammate Frank Robinso who played in Germany for Ludwigsburg and Wurzburg was more than impressed the first time he saw him play. “I believe his ability to score is amazing. He scores from everywhere on the court. The first time I saw him play was when I signed in Ukraine. The day I arrived they played a game and he shot an high arcing floater off one leg from the free throw line. It was like 2mins to go in a close game. Nothing but net. I ladled Leo Lyons about the shot and Leo said “that’s his shot.” Very soon after I realized it was something that he did pretty often”, stressed Frank Robinson. Now with FC Bayern Munich he has the chance to win two more titles which would give him six in three years.

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Malcolm Delaney Plays Havoc In His Audi Dome Playground Sparking FC Bayern Munich Past The Fraport Skyliners 97-65

Fans in the Audi Dome Munich always have a treat as they get a smorgasbord of different kind of players racing up and down the floor from the home team from quick footed Malcolm Delaney who seemingly can draw a foul as easily as David Ortiz can squash an orange with his palm, Heiko Schaffartzik dazzling the fans with his wild and acrobatic shooting from outside as the only thing missing from his collection of amazing shots is trying to hit the bells in the city hall building at the top of the hour or big John Bryant making the zone as uncomfortable for opponents as it is for New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to watch the Drive of Tom Brady in the recent 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots. Fans may not have as many familiar faces on the Fraport Skyliners to watch, but guys like Andrew Rautins who can shoot out the lights and exchange catch and pop stories with Heiko Scahffartzik, Dawan Robinson who can penetrate like a Georgia Bull dog without biting his opponent and having him for dinner, or Jacob Burtschi who will do anything on the court to win except for begging for shots like a well nourished dog who knows better but tries its luck. Both FC Bayern Munich and the Fraport Sklyiners have very talented players, but there is one difference in the rosters. When one releases the two numbers of 524 and 44, the difference is as great as it is for a poor dog having to cross the Rhine river or it is for Tim Tebow ever finding another NFL team as the closest he is too playing football now is touch football on the beach of Hawaii. These two numbers show the difference in international club games between the two clubs as FC Bayern Munich players have 524 and the Fraport Skyliner players have only 44 games. Fc Bayern Munich little used guard Steffen Hamann almost has twice as much as Frankfurt with 81 games. The Fraport Skyliners came into the game with a two game winning streak going up against the 4-0 FC Bayern Munich team and played without Quantez Robertson and Azit N’Diaye and got clobbered 97-65 as the experience factor was as huge as the Olympia tower compared to the bear that greets people who arrive to Munich on the highway.  “Having the experience factor is huge for us. The club found many experienced players and that really has helped us so far. It is one of the reasons why we are 6-0. We gain experience each day and that will help us throughout the season”, stressed 2 time Beko BBL MVP John Bryant. After the loss Skyliner point guard Dawan Robinson was doing his stretching and got wide eyes when talking about the FC Bayern Munich experience. “Their vast experience showed tonight. They started quick and executed well and did the little things well. We fought against their experience, but it wasn´t easy playing against the best team in Europe”, stressed Philadelphia native Dawan Robinson. Despite the shell shocking, ex Alba Berlin guard Bryce Taylor tried to have comforting words for Frankfurt. “Our experience hurt them, but you play to get experience. I think these type of games will help them down the line. The German players will keep growing”, commented Bryce Taylor. Fraport Skyliner Konstantin Klein who played 21 minutes scoring seven points explained that it wasn´t only experience that hurt Frankfurt. “I don´t think that experience played so much a factor tonight as it does in close games. Munich worked harder than we did on rebounding and hustled more”, warned Konstantin Klein.

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Ilian Evtimov (Malcolm Delaney Will Be One Of The Best, If Not The Best Player For FC Bayern Munich)

Ilian Evtimov is a 30 year old 201 cm forward that recently completed his third season in France for Chalon playing  30 games averaging  9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 86.5%; Euroleague: 9 games: 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 78.9%. He has the French-Bulgarian citzenships and played at North Carolina State from 2001-2006. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FG: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT. After a short stint with Estudiantes Madrid in 2006, he played at VidiVici Bologna in the 2006-2007 season. He played FIBA EuroCup playing 15 games averaging 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3FGP: 47.1%, FT: 72.2%; and playing15 games in the Italian league averaging 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg. In 2007-2008, he moved to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing 10 ULEB Cup games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 85%; and in the German League playing 44 games averaging 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 86.2%. In 2008-2009, he continued playing in Frankfurt playing 10 EuroChallenge:  games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%; and in the German League playing 34 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Levski Sophia (Bulgaria-NBL): 1 game: 6pts, 5reb, 2ast, 3steals; Balkan League: 1 game: 3pts, 1reb, 1ast, 2steals; in Oct.’09 moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division EuroChallenge: 13 games: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 83.3%: FT-2(90.9%). In 2010-2011, he played for Chalon playing  33 games: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 84.2%. In 2011-2012 he played French League: 35 games: 9.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT-1(94.7%); EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT-1(95.2% He spoke to German Hoops about Chalon and his ex teammate Malcolm Delaney who will play for FC Bayern Munich.

Evti where are you at the moment and how have you been spending your summer?
Im in Bulgaria right now, we are about to have our second baby. My wife is due very soon. I went to the States for two weeks, and then have spent the rest of the summer in Bulgaria.

How was your time in North Carolina at North Carolina State working out? Did you have any good duels with Deon Thompson this summer?
I was in North Carolina for only two weeks, and it was right after the season so I didn’t run into Deon as I took the time off from basketball right after the season.

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