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BBL Season 07/08
Short roundup of the 07/08 BBL Season so far:

1 ALBA BERLIN 15 12 3

2 Artland Dragons 15 11 4

3 Bayer Giants Leverkusen 15 11 4

4 Telekom Baskets Bonn 15 10 5

5 Brose Baskets 14 9 5

6 ratiopharm Ulm 14 9 5

7 Köln 99ers 15 9 6

8 New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 15 9 6

9 EWE Baskets Oldenburg 15 9 6

10 Deutsche Bank SKYLINERS 14 7 7

11 Eisbären Bremerhaven 14 7 7

12 EnBW Ludwigsburg 15 6 9

13 digibu Baskets 14 5 9

14 WALTER Tigers Tübingen 15 5 10

15 BG 74 Göttingen 14 4 10

16 Giessen 46ers 15 4 11

17 TBB Trier 15 3 12

18 Science City Jena 15 2 13

ALBA is topping the table, with Patrick Femerling and Julius Jenkins providing the most outstanding performances so far. Artland Dragons have been showing that last season's post season success story was no fluke, while Bayer Leverkusen is maybe the feel good story of the season: With main sponsor Bayer quitting basketball next season, the club is almost sure to not be able to continue first league basketball, yet they are third at the moment. Give credit to their excellent coach Kuczmann. Surely one to look out for in the upcoming years. Telekom Baskets Bonn have climbed up to fourth after a tough start, while Brose Baskets is probably the dissappointment of the season so far. They started 6-0, but have since lost 5 out of 8, plus 10 out of 11 in the Euroleague. Their defensive-minded playing style is at the moment throwing themselves off, not the opponent. Ulm are an excellent 6th behind great play by Jeff Gibbs and Konrad Wysocki, while Cologne has climbed up all the way from 14th place, feeding off excellent performances by Aleksandar Nadjfeji and Imanuell McElroy. Braunschweig, that has been in nomansland in the last years, has had a great start and is currently on the 8th spot. Oldenburg, Frankfurt and Bremerhaven are the teams that would consider a non-playoff-season as a big dissappointment. BBL and ULEB-Cup topscorer Derrick Allen has been performing brilliantly for Murat Didin's club. ENBW Ludwigsburg have not been able to repeat last season's success so far. While Paderborn Baskets have no amitions participating in the playoffs, the Walter Tigers Tübingen have, after splashing out big in the summer transfer market. Still, things have not been working out as they should have, so Coach Aaron McCarthy was fired a couple of weeks ago. Göttingen and Giessen will surely struggle in the long run, while second-to-bottom Trier have improved dramatically in the last games, making their future look a lot brighter. Science City Jena have adjusted their roster and showed nice improvement when they upset Bamberg last week.

- As for the most recent signings and rumours, Mithat Demirel joined Brose Baskets and thus National Team coach Dirk Bauermann, from now on backing up Steffen Hamann at the point guard position. Kimani Ffriend was also signed a couple of years ago, but he seems to be rather on his way out of than on his way into the rotation, after being late for the team meetings on two out of three gamedays, drawing a fine by the club. He only played five minutes against Rome.

- Bremerhaven meanwhile cut PF RT Guinn from its roster due to disciplinary reasons.

So far, so good. I'll update things here once in a while.
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They're getting back on track.

Sakalauskas has done an amazing job over the last years, but this season has not been up to standard. The summer signings didn't work out as planned, especially Brian Brown on Point Guard. Brown is a score-first guard, while his predecessor Brian Jones had made the successful transformation from score-first to pass-first under Sakalauskas. So the decision to not resign Jones and get Brown instead has not really paid off.

As stated, they struggled in the beginning, but now they've made some midseason signings in Center Haryasz and Power Forward Tolliver. And they're contending for a playoff spot again.

German Bundesliga has been shocked lately by the bankruptcy of Cologne 99ers, the most successful German club in the last years, domnestically as internationally. It is not sure yet whether the club will survive and even play the season to an end. The best players have the club though: Toby Bailey left for Spain, and Aleksandar Nadjfeji plus Imanuell McElroy, arguably two of the best five BBL players in the last three or four years, have both switched jerseys and are now playing for ALBA Berlin, in what was considered to be a real heavy blockbuster move for BBL standard. Both have had an immediate impact and seem to strengthen the team a lot, especially defensively. Stefanovic and Subotiv have had to leave the club in the process...

The Cologne 99ers on the other hand would surprise everyone (given they play the season to an end), if they managed to get a playoff spot. The team ist just way too young and is now lacking their two leaders. But they have other worries at the moment I guess...

Current Bundesliga table:

1 ALBA BERLIN 16 - 4

2 Artland Dragons 15 - 4

3 Bayer Giants Leverkusen 14 - 5

4 Telekom Baskets Bonn 13 - 6

5 Brose Baskets 12 - 5

6 Köln 99ers 11 - 8

7 Deutsche Bank SKYLINERS 11 - 8

8 New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 11 - 8

9 Eisbären Bremerhaven 10 - 8

10 EWE Baskets Oldenburg 10 - 10

11 ratiopharm Ulm 9 - 9

12 EnBW Ludwigsburg 9 - 10

13 digibu Baskets 7 - 12

14 BG 74 Göttingen 7 - 12

15 WALTER Tigers Tübingen 5 - 14

16 LTi Giessen 46ers 4 - 15

17 TBB Trier 4 - 15

18 Science City Jena 2 - 17
While Cologne was saved from going down to second division by a group of inverstors in virtually the last second, questions are being asked regarding the league's behaviour in this case. The league had already officially announced that the club has to quit the running season, but Cologne suddenly released a press statement which said that the club would play the evening's ULEB-Cup game against Khimky and hold a press conference the following morning. League boss Jan Pommer officially stated that he didn't know what was going on. It was chaotic. However, Cologne is saved and will play the season to an end. They already stated that they will sign two star players before the transfer deadline (28th of February), after losing Aleksandar Nadjfeji and Imanuell McElroy to ALBA Berlin and Toby Bailey to Spain. Rumour has McElroy coming back, but nothing official yet.

With Demond Greene going down with a long term injury, Bamberg signed off guard Dwayne Mitchell out of the NBDL. He had a horrible debut against Frankfurt last weekend (0/8 FG).

Eddie Basden meanwhile had a statistically mediocre, yet quite promising debut for Bonn in a win over Paderborn.

Artland Dragons look like they are the team to beat this year after not only taking over the league's first place after ALBA's home loss to Leverkusen, but also progressing to the ULEB-Cup's second group stage after a surprising victory over Triumph Lyubertsy. Key to the Dragon's success seems to be, apart from great team work and excellent coaching by Fleming, the one-five-axis of John Goldsberry and Adam Chubb. The former won't put up big numbers, but delivers extremely solid play at the point, while the former has been playing excellent and productive ball this year. He had 30 points in the second 1/16 final tie.

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