Marcus Hattan

The Only Firemann The Mitteldeutscher BC Hope For On The Court Is Marcus Hatten

If one were to be really bored and one had lost internet connection, lost the key to the library to snatch a nice classic book about World War 2, or suffered a broken X-box, then one could still go back to what people did in the olden days for a sort of entertainment and passing the time without totally going crazy and just comparing things and see how much time could actually pass. For instance when taking two normal places in Germany Goettingen and Weissenfels, there wouldn´t be too many similarities as Goettingen already is classified as a medium city in size as it has 117,000 inhabitants and is known for being a university place lying on the river Leine while Weissenfels is a tiny spec on the map having nearly 40,000 inhabitants, but when one has zipped through the main street in about 20 seconds, it feels more like half as many people could really be living there. However it does have some similarities as in non-basketball terms, both have Mcdonalds which has always pleased American basketball players and in basketball terms it has two things in common when talking basketball and the first is that both teams have won international titles with the Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels the Fiba cup in 2004 and BG Goettingen the Eurochallenge in 2010. The other affinity that both clubs have is when the going gets tough, don´t fire the head coach, but bring in a fireman for the sidelines, but instead bring in a fireman on the court which both did recently with ex NBA player Khalid El Amin in Goettingen and basketball globetrotter Marcus Hatten. Both teams in a way are hoping that both Americans can save their season. Another alikeness is that Hatten started the season with BG Goettingen. It has been a very difficult season for MBC as they have a budget in the lower half of the league teams and have to always rely on putting together the best possible for the money available while praying for a stable team chemistry early to help carry the team through the season, but that hasn´t happened this season. Hatten is a 35 year old 185cm point guard from Baltimore that is playing his 13th professional season and second with the Mitteldeutscher BC. Hatten is the classic basketball globetrotter as he has played in 10 countries professionally and it would have been more if he hadn´t played three seasons a piece in Greece and Italy. It would be interesting to see if he could rattle off all the countries he has played in with the United States, Poland, Spain, Israel, Venezuela, Greece, Italy, Belgium,Romania and Germany, the way Matt Damon did his fictitious 12 brothers as Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny and Brian in the Academy Award winning movie Good Will Hunting. Damon portrayed an unrecognized genius in the movie, while Hattten would settle for being a genius some of the time on the court. Since Hatten arrived the club has gone 2-5 and won their first game with him with 97-76 against Crailsheim who can always be an annoying opponent. The team also beat total underachieving Bremerhaven 88-84. They are definitely playing better basketball with Hatten on board as they lost tight affairs to Tuebingen and Braunschweig by 7 and in Giessen 74-69. Hatten has scored in double figures in each game except the last against Alba Berlin where he mustered 6 points and has given the team that extra experience and stability on both ends of the court that it was lacking. Currently Hatten is averaging 12,0ppg, 3,9rpg, 4,4apg and 1,6spg as he is still a pest on defense despite his 35 years of age. The Mitteldeutscher BC remembered what he did in the 2013-2014 season as he played 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5(5.0apg), Steals-2(2.2spg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.3%. He was a big reason why the team just missed the playoffs finishing in 9th place. Mitteldeutscher BC manager Martin Geissler won´t be expecting a playoff appearance this season, but just be happy with seeing another Beko BBL season next year.

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