There was a time in the early Beko BBL history of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven when reaching the playoffs was as certain as it is the unfortunate regularity of a Derrick Rose getting injured again as there seems to be a curse on him of being allowed to play basketball healthy. However since their bitter 5 game playoff loss to Frankfurt in 2010, the Eisbaeren and fans have been dreaming as much of the playoffs as the polar bears are of their daily rations of fish in the zoo. Since then the club have finished 9th, 11th, 12th twice and last season in 15th place. What is even more curious is that the club hasn´t had more success concerning the talented rosters that they have had over the years especially last season. The club has money and bring in talent, but that last needed ingredient of chemistry seems to be missing. The club also is starting a trend of bringing in ex NBA players in hopes of adding some kind of magic to the roster in talent and experience as Americans Jerry Smith and Deandre Liggins suited up for the team last season as both had combined for 69 NBA games and countless NBA stories about their time there. Last season there was turmoil on the club and both came late to the team as did new head coach Muli Katzurin. The club did finish the season a tad better, but all the chaos and movement was unable to bring positive results to the team. This season all this has to change and will change. The club has a top coach in Muli Katzurin in place from the start, has kept ex NBA player Jerry Smith and brought in Tyrus Thomas(402 NBA games) who is the seasons most spectacular signing and rates up with Bostjan Nachbar as being the Beko BBL´s best transfer in the last years. On top of that the team has a roster filled with talent and possibly the best the club has ever had. Now Katzurin has the important task of shaping a talented team into a cohesive unit that will supply consistency over the course of a season. With fans slowly losing patience, this will be a very vital season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven as the playoffs need to be reached with the quality of this roster. Even the polar bears are getting restless in the Bremerhaven zoo as that fan dissatisfaction is roaming in the air. If there is one guy that can make everything go well again then its Muli Katzurin who had much success in the Czech Republic with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Rep.-NBL) with 8 titles in four years. He had disappointment with the Fraport Skyliners recently, but he is overdue again for success.
Tim Ohlbrecht is a 23 year old 211cm power forward that was born in Wuppertal, Germany. He is playing his first season with the Fraport Skyliners. He started his basketball career in 2003 with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen junior team. He played his first Beko BBL game in the 2005-2006 season with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2006-2009 playing a total of 68 Beko BBL games. He played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn the last two seasons. Last season, he played 27 games averaging 6.7ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%. He played at the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) 2008: 3 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg. He also played at the 2009 European championships, 2010 World championships in Turkey averaging 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 61.5%. Last summer he played at European championships in Lithuania. He spoke to german hoops about basketball.
If The Fraport Skyliners had an Easter egg hunt which Skyliner would find the most eggs?
I think Marius Nolte would find the most because he knows the area best.
It took the Fraport Skyliners a few months to find their rhythm. What was the deciding factor in December 2011 that things turned around?
It took us a little longer to come together. We had lost some bitter close games, but in December we slowly came together got over the mountain and one can say better late than never.
The Fraport Skyliners are able to beat the top teams, but the lose to BG Goettingen. Why is the team so inconsistent at times?
That was a bitter loss that shouldn´t have happened. You can never underestimate their fight.