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.
Will Chavis is a 34 year old 181 cm guard who comes from Philadelphia and retired in 2014 from professional basketball after playing for 11 years. He started his basketball learning at New Hampshire in 1998-1999 averaging 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg before going to Texas to play at Panola Junior College averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per game . This gained the interest of legendary coach Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Knight had only the best to say about the guy he coached two years at Texas Tech. ‘Will takes pride in taking good shots, and is a great shooter. He also takes very good care of the ball. He is aggressive and quick on defense, and can anticipate or put under pressure the opposite point guard’, stressed Bobby Knight. At Texas Tech, Chavis played together with ex Artland Dragon Ronald Ross and in his senior year, played 33 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 going to Iceland to play for UMFN Njardvikur playing 6 games and averaging 18.3ppg; 3.1rpg; 7.8apg ( 41 assists to 11 turnovers); 2.0spg; 3pts 45.6%; FT 85.6%. The next season, he was tested by Olimpia GE Larisa (Greece-A1), but was not signed and finished the season practicing with Climamio Fortitudo Bologna (Italy-SerieA). In 2005-2006, he started to make a name playing for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five) playing 5 EuroCup Challenge games averaging 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 50% and playing 44 games in the Czech Rep. League averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 85.0%. The next season, he went to top Dutch team Demon Astronauts Amsterdam continuing to show who well he could perform in FIBA EuroCup playing 6 games and averaging 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 15%, FT: 78.3% and playing 39 games in the Dutch League and averaging 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, FT: 87.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%. In 2007-2008, he split time with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, but left after 7 games, where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 87.5%, and then moved to MBC in Jan 2008 playing 12 games and averaging 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT-1 ( 91.7%). In 2008-2009, he led MBC into the BBL averaging 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 86.5% in 29 games. He finished his basketball career in Nurnberg playing 141 games form 2009-2014. He will start his coaching career as an assistant to Ralph Junge with Nurnberg. He spoke to German Hoops directly after retiring in the summer of 2014 and talked about his basketball career and future.
Will thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?
Hello Miles its been a while. I am I am my hometown of Philadelphia enjoying the time with my family.
You have retired at the age of 33. What were the main reasons for retiring now. You still put up solid stats. Was it the reduced role or was it more your body that told you it was time to hang up your sneakers?
Actually I can still Go! But I just felt there was no future for me playing basketball and that the next step would be coaching. I was offered a great opportunity to stay in Nurnberg and coach under Ralph Junge and it seemed more attractive for me, instead of going out and proving I can still play because of my reduced role last season.
Sometimes a player gets that distinction of being too critical about certain offers and sits at home working out and waiting for the phone call to ring for that perfect offer that will get him a little bit more than what the previous team was offering. In the case of Fraport Skyliner Jacob Burtschi, it wasn´t so much about waiting for a team to call, but more that he wasn´t 100% healed from his back injury. He joined the Fraport Skyliners in February and two other players also returned to the Beko BBL late to the Mitteldeutscher BC with Beckham Wyrick in January and Mark mr fantastic Dorris in February. Over the years Dorris has made a name in the BBL having made incredible off balance shots for Phoenix Hagen where he looked like a gumby that has given headaches to his friend Quantez Robertson not only in Germany on the court, but also on the play grounds in their home town of Cincinnati. So far Dorris has played in only two games contributing to a 72-67 win against Braunschweig, but had misfortune shooting 0/6 and then scoring nine points against Oldenburg. In the last few weeks, Dorris got a taste of what Josh Parker experienced last season sitting on the bench because MBC keeping one too many import players. Wyrick on the other hand has had more luck having played five games averaging 7,0ppg and 3,6rpg. In his first game he mustered 11 points in a bitter 96-81 loss to Alba Berlin, but last weekend poured in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but was unable to help get the team over the hump losing to Crailsheim 87-84. Wyrick like Burtschi is the teams glue guy that will do the extra on the court and little things that don´t get noticed on the stat sheet to help the team win. Wyrick has played numerous times against Frankfurt with teams like Bayreuth Bamberg and Leverkusen and still has memories of the breathtaking five game series in 2008 that Leverkusen lost on the last play not letting them reach the semi final. Dorris and Wyrick returned back to Frankfurt wanting to do damage while Burtschi was looking to stay perfect as he was 6-0 with Frankfurt since returning back to his old stomping ground for the third time. After 40 minutes Burtschi was 7-0 since returning while the MBC Cincinnati connection of Dorris and Wyrick combined for 14 points as it wasn´t enough as the Fraport Skyliners won their seventh game in a row defeating the Mitteldeutscher BC 93-76. “I thought that we played well. There were times in the game where he had problems moving the ball, but there will always be ups and downs in a game. Joe Voigtmann had an awesome game. We played decent as a team”, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Justin Cobbs. The Mitteldeutscher came into the game reeling off a loss in Oldenburg 96 hours earlier and were without top scorer American Patrick Richard who saw close up from the bench why his team was unable to secure the win. “I thought that we competed well, but in the third quarter Frankfurt took over game. They started to hit shots and Cobbs did a great job controlling the game without having to score much. We couldn´t capitalize on their turnovers in the third quarter and took too many three pointers”, stressed Louisiana native Patrick Richard. “It was a close first half and we were able to pull away by stopping their energy and getting rebounds”, added Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi.
Just getting a solid team chemistry to function throughout a season can give coaches headaches or that give me a small gold star for my forehead from my first grade teacher for success feeling, but then again the job of getting that togetherness on and off the court to work gets double as difficult when there are players that come and go throughout the season ripping through that team chemistry like an arrow does through a bulls eye. This season Mittledeutscher BC head coach Silvano Poropat has witnessed this up and down with player´s play that he was forced to make changes as experienced forward Simonas Serapinas and American rookie Ryan Nicholas departed. In January he hauled in experienced American Beckham Wyrick and in February experienced Americans Mark Mr fantastic Dorris and Darryl Webb. Wyrick is a 31 year old 198cm forward form Cincinnati that has played his whole career in Germany starting with Leverkusen as a rookie, two seasons with Bamberg where he won a title, one with FC Bayern Munich where he played for legendary head coach Dirk Bauermann and the last three seasons in Bayreuth. Last season was one to forget as his minutes dipped and it seemed like it could be his last. However Poropat still believed in his abilities and since coming to Weissenfels, Wyrick has played five games averaging 7,0ppg and 3,6rpg while scoring 15 points against Crailsheim and 11 points against Alba Berlin. Even while these games went lost, he gave support in the wins against playoff type teams Braunschweig and ratiopharm Ulm. Wyrick is the smart veteran that can score in bunches and just a little bit of everything. Poropat also brought back Mark Dorris who strangely is also from Cincinnati and also hadn´t had a team this season and was just waiting for that best offer that never came until MBC called. Dorris is a 29 year old 188cm guard that played at Marshall and like Wyrick his whole career in Germany with Cuxhaven, Phoenix Hagen and Ludwigsburg. He is a guy compariable to a player like American Chris Denson of Holland club Den Bosch in that he makes impossible shots in the lane while being off balance. So far Dorris has found action in only one game where he had serious misfortune putting up the big goose egg going 0/6 shooting. He has been spending most time watching as the team has one import player too much. In Oldenburg Dorris finally scored his first MBC points with nine. .Maybe Dorris will find some action against the Fraport Skyliners and duel against his friend Quantez Robertson. He is averaging 4,5ppg, 1,0rpg and 1,0apg. Finally the last of the new trio is Darryl Webb who is a 27 year old 198cm forward. He is playing his fourth professional season having played for Crailsheim as a rookie and lost to MBC in the Pro A playoffs which propelled MBC back to the BBL in 2012. In his second season he dominated the Dutch league posting 14 and 10 stats for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie). Last season he played for the Hitachi Sunrockers Tokyo (Japan-NBL) playing 26 games and averaging 13.2ppg, 9.3rpg. This season he was back to his double double stats with BBC Monthey (Switzerland-LNA) playing 18 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 11.2rpg. So far in two games he is averaging 5,3ppg and 6,0 rpg. In his debut against ratiopharm Ulm he posted solid stats of nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in the victory. In the loss in Oldenburg he had solid stats with seven points and eight boards. Webb is the perfect guy to come from the bench and compliment the games of Christian Standhardinger and Djordje Pantelic and describes his role, how his game has improved since his Crailsheim days and if MBC can make a run in the last two months. “Coach talked to me and told me he wants me to be an inside presence, rebound, and just be active on defense. Passing it out of the post quicker, getting to the basket quicker are things I’ve improved on, off the dribble not so much. I think the team is just taking it one game at a time and trying to get better every day also doing whatever it takes to stay in the BBL”, warned Darryl Webb.
Patrick Richard is a 24 year old 196cm swingman from Carencro, Louisania that will play his first season in the Beko BBL fort he Mitteldeutscher BC. He played four years at Mc Neese St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games: 18.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 76.9%. In 2012-2013, he started his professional basketball career being drafted by the Iowa Energy (D-League) and played at Sandringham Sabres (Australia-SEABL-East, starting five): 24 games: 18.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.7%. Last season he played in Holland for Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 38 games: Score-4(15.3ppg), 4.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 78.9%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 73-62 loss against the Fraport Skyliners in Leipzig.
Patrick thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 73-62 loss to the Fraport Skyliners. You played in Leipzig. What kind of an atmosphere was it there and how much did it feel like a home game?
The atmosphere was a bit different but it was a nice arena to play in and it was a home game so it felt like a home game.
Was that Wolf den atmosphere missing a bit from the Leipzig arena? Teams come into Weissenfels knowing it will be an uncomfortable place?
In Weissenfels it is a different atmosphere but there are no excuses because basketball is basketball wherever you play.
What do you get if you can hear the two names Demond Mallet and former Super bowl champion of the New England Patriots Kevin Falk mentioned in one sentence? You most likely will have MBC swing man Patrick Richard standing in front of you with a huge smile and the utmost respect for two guys that have been in his thoughts since a young age. Richard is a 24 year old 196cm swing man from Carenco, Louisiana that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with 2004 Fiba cup winner MBC. 2008 ULEB cup winner and former Bamberg star Demond Mallet played at Mcneese State where Richard also played and left a legacy behind him as did Richard and Kevin Falk is from his town. “One can say that I know Kevin very well. We speak often and he is a legend here. I’ve been knowing him since I was a young kid”, stressed Patrick Richard. At Mcneese State, Richard who lists Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas as his toughest opponents in the NCAA was able to improve his scoring and rebounding each season and as a senior averaged 18.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 76.9%. Like so many talented players coming from college he had pre draft work outs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Golden State Warriors (NBA). He then also got the opportunity to play NBA Summer league in 2012 with the Detroit Pistons playing 3 games and averaging 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 3PT: 40.0%. Instead of making his dream come through and balling against the best of the best, he found himself in the D-league and got injured and missed the whole season. So like so many players before him, he had to make a new start from the bottom with the Sandringham Sabres (Australia-SEABL-East) playing 24 games and averaging 18.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.7%. Last season he made the jump to Europe and played for Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 38 games Score-4(15.3ppg), 4.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 78.9%. Each season as a professional he has made the next jump up a level and now is performing at a very high standard with MBC averaging 13,3ppg, 3,7rpg and 2,9apg and is shooting the highest percentage from downtown ever in his career at 48%. On top of that he is a key figure in the success of MBC as they reside in fifth place in the BBL with a record of 6-2. Of course its his scoring and shooting that really has stood out, but he has other great qualities on the court.” A hidden strength is probably my vision on the court and passing. And also I can slash to the goal as well”, added Patrick Richard. The hard work ethic and belief that he can always get better is never diminishing. “I believe I can always play better. It’s never about me I’m a team guy but of course I can step it up. And I plan to do so throughout the season in any areas I can for us to win. In the next weeks just continue my leadership vocally. Also rebounding more. I think anything positive can help us as a whole to win”, warned Patrick Richard. Winning a BBL title may be a bit early this season with MBC, but with the desire to win and always get better, the determination of Richard surely will get him big success down the road so that one day he can rap alongside a Demond Mallet or Kevin Falk about his titles and history that he has built.
Basketball life is never boring in the small eastern German village of Weissenfels as there have always been interesting things occurring like the amazing and unexpected Fiba Eurocup win in 2004 where BBL legend Wendel Alexis was in the twilight of his career helping the team get only the second international German title at that time, Chris Ensminger starting his career in Germany there, Michael hakim Jordan spending half a season there entertaining everyone on the court and off with his stellar play and heart warming smile, the ¾ full court shot by Vassil Evtimov or just the influx of players like a Josh Parker or Devin Uskowski who came from a few lower levels and being able to make the next step at the top German level or this season seeing the rapid emergence of American Angelo Caloiaro that has the Italian name that sounds like that of a pizza chef from Napoli, but actually grew up in San Jose, California. If one has a tiny speck of dust in their eye, he could look like a very tall version of Mr American Pie Jason Biggs with the big brown eyes and black haircut that never needs that annoying brush through since it never gets unruly. Caloiaro is a 203cm forward that played four years at USF (NCAA) and as a senior played 33 games averaging 14.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 78.5%. Last season as a rookie, he played in a lower league at Rilski Sportist Samokov (Bulgaria-NBL) playing 24 games and averaging 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 79.8%; Balkan League: 7 games: 9.7ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 68.8%. This season he came to the much stronger Beko BBL and has had no problems getting adjusted as he is averaging 14,8ppg, 7,2rpf and 2,5apg. He has scored in double figures 17 times including two double doubles and was top scorer in a 83-77 win against medi bayreuth with 25 points. Many players have stepped up this season for MBC with Americans Marcus Hatten and Josh Parker, but no one has been more consistent or versatile as Caloiaro. He leads MBC in scoring and rebounding and is second in assists and steals. He credits his time in Bulgaria and college coach and ex NBA player Rex Walters as getting him ready for his success now. “I learned the different types of basketball rules in Europe as well as the different speeds and the 24 clock shot was totally new to me. But most important was getting used too many new styles on the court. I think that I learned many good qualities and coach Walters gave me a lot of important things that he got from coached like Pat Riley and Roy Williams who he played for. I learned how to do everything in a professional manner on and off the court”, stressed Angelo Caloiaro. Caloiaro is a very hard worker and is never satisfied and a lot of his attitude has been rubbing off on his teammates. “We are playing very good basketball now and we continue to get better in practice. I feel that we are never satisfied and always want more. We are always in the gym and always hungry”, warned Angelo Caloiaro. His teammate Josh Parker who is having a very solid season knows how valuable the American has been for the success of the club. “Angelo is the type of player any player or coach would want on his team! For us he has been the glue that keeps this team strong and I as his teammate am impressed by his play and how he comes up big when his team needs it”, added Josh Parker. If MBC keep winning and get closer to the playoff places, then more people within will take notice as his MVP stock will surely rise.
Josh Parker is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that recently was a rookie for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and helped the team win the Pro B title. With Leverkusen he 33 games: Score-1(28.5ppg), 4.5rpg, Assists-2(7.1apg), 2.2spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 80.3%He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton(NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He scored in double figures 33 times scoring over 20 points 26 times, 30 points or more 15 times and 40 points or more four times including a 48 point explosion against Dresden. He cleaned out the Eurobasket awards as well getting Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Import Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -13, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -13. Many teams were aware of his stellar play in the pro B including the Mitteldeutscher BC who signed him for the 2013-2014 Beko BBL season. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven
Hi Josh thanks for talking to German Hoops again. Congrats on the 88-82 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg on the road. This was your first two game winning streak as a Beko BBL player. How good does it feel seeing many happy faces after wins the last two weeks?
It really feels great to be able to put a couple of wins together and see the way the team has continued to fight and stay together it’s a great feeling but we know we have more work to do!
This was a real battle at the end, but MBC had the better nerves. What was key for getting the win against Oldenburg in crunch time?
Oldenburg is a great team and well coached. We just played hard and competed! It was a great game just glad we stayed together in the end.
For just about every basketball player battling against FC Bayern Munich is the season highlight and seemingly as exciting as having the opportunity of going on a spectacular trip to Africa on safari or getting the rare chance of going one on one against uncle Drew in Kyre Irving mode. For other player competing against a club like the Walter Tigers Tuebingen it is just another day at the office with nothing really to look forward to except not getting color blinded by the pink of the Paul Horn arena or witnessing a shooting clinic by American Alex Harris which isn´t out of the ordinary. However when a player has to go up against the Mittledeutscher BC, it is never a normal or boring occurrence, but something extraordinary that often can get the nerves escalating to new proportions of desperation because of their fighting wolf mentality. With absolutely no disrespect to the Mitteldeutscher BC as it is led superbly by manager Martin Geissler, but with the lowest budget in the league, one can really give the club the three L´s to what an opponent gets when they enter the wolf den. The three L´s stand for little names, little experience and always a loathsome experience against them. The Mitteldeutscher BC is a club that no one really wants to meet, because one never really knows what to expect except an annoying, uncomfortable and nasty 40 minute experience on the court as the team just fights fights until the bitter end with the only thing missing being a real bite into the butt by a real live wolf that is let loose from the cage under the arena. MBC may not have the equivalent in experience like most other teams despite having three players with thirty years plus of age in Marcus Hatten, Michael Cufeee and Djordje Pantelic and having played in 24 countries combined, but other than that, they have players that lack experience, but they make amends by playing with that special will to win no matter what the circumstances are like a wounded wolf that rudely got kicked out of their den without getting any dinner. Alba Berlin lost in Weissenfels in the past and no team has a safe course of winning in their den as three teams have noticed this season. MBC beat tough aggressive teams like Wurzburg and Vechta at home by a combined score of seven points and last weekend beat Braunschweig in crunch time. If the game is on the line in Weissenfels, then the real wolf of the club shows itself on the court. The Beko BBL wants to be the best league in Europe by 2020 and is getting more competitive each season and a league like this needs a club like MBC. One can´t only have top teams like Bamberg, Berlin and Munich, the potential playoff teams like Oldenburg, Artland and Bonn, the no mans land teams like Ludwigsburg, Tuebingen or Braunschweig, but also the scrappy teams like an MBC or Vechta, because without these type of teams, the league would definitely not have the unique quality that it has.
Back in 2009-2010 prior to the start of the regular season, basketball experts and critics were giving the Mitteldeutscher BC as little of a chance to survive the return back to the Beko BBL as red head Prince Harry is ever to erase his new scandal of undressing frequently in Las Vegas, world famous actor Mel Gibson ever to be taken seriously again by society after numerous escapades in the last years or Hessen club LTi Giessen 46ers of winning the 2013 Beko BBL title. However in 2009-2010, the Mitteldeutscher BC proved all the critics wrong displaying a solid season finishing in 11th placed even dismantling 8 time Belo BBL Alba Berlin twice in the two seasons in the Wolves den. Instead of being a tired and lazy wolf banished to their den without havinggourmet deer for dinner, they presented themselves in their first season back in the Beko BBL as very hungry, high energy dangerous wolves who came to play every night and always showing that never die attitude never allowing that deer to fully escape their grasp. In the second season, they were unable to remain in the Beko BBL finishing in 17th place. Last season, they moved down competiting in the always competitive PRO A controlling the league and mowing down the competition like an oversized Godzilla type of wolf and now have entered the Beko BBL again ready to battle again not oversatisfied from just deer, but always looking to have that special smorgasbord Alba Berlin for dinner. As was the case three years ago, critics are giving the Mitteldeutscher BC as little chance of surviving this season. However despite a 0-2 start, the club has shown early strides in the preseason eliminating established Beko BBL teams in 40 minutes of play like Braunschweig, Wurzburg, Alba Belrin and Giessen. This is a team that no Beko BBL team can take lightly because if any teams dares to then they will quickly get an annoying surprise of a nasty wolf bite in the behind. If there is any indication that the Mitteldeutscher will survive another season in the Beko BBL, then just seeing the coach Silvano Poropat barking commands behind the bench to Sharrod Curry or Devin Uskowski should ease wolf fans since his track record in the Beko BBL has been very positive leading a EnbW team in the 2006-2007 season more than unexpectedly to the top of the league winning the regular season and losing in the semi´s to Bamberg. He didn´t waste his time last season forcefully leading the club back into the Beko BBL. Poropat is a very well respected basketball name in Germany and has the basketball knowledge and coaching skills to make another basketball success this time in Weissenfels. “Silvano is a very good head coach. He always is able to build good organized teams. He always does a super job scouting and is always ready for any opponent. He always makes competitive teams and you can´t underestimate them since they are always competitive. MBC is like Giessen in that they have a home bonus which is very important in this league. It is always hard to win there. I don´t think that they will be a team like BG Goettingen last season. It will be very tight at the end of the standings this season. They played pretty well in Bonn. I think that they have a chance to stay in the league. MBC will be hungry and a player like Devin Uskowski will be hungry now being able to play in the first league. That situation reminds me of ex Tuebingen player Juwan Howard when he moved up to the Beko BBL, he played well. I think that if they have enough players that stay hungry then they could have a very good chance of remaining in the league”, warned basketball expert Steven Clauss.