HoopsHype Germany rumors

April 20, 2014 Updates

Q: NBA teams have interest now. The Houston Rockets were mentioned as a team that was interested in your services. Was there ever any chance of signing with Houston? Malcolm Delaney: The Rockets thing was a great opportunity for me, that was official. But with how important I am to the club, how important this season is to the club, it wouldn't had been a smart business decision for the club to let me go. I didn't have an NBA out in the contract. The Houston Rockets thing is something nobody would have ever turned down because, you know, I'm still with a dream to play in the NBA. But FC Bayern, they couldn't let me leave, we're about to play the playoffs, trying to win a title. Any kid or any American basketball player wishes to play in the NBA. This time I couldn't do it. HoopsHype

Q: Are you optimistic that you're going to get it during the summer when free agency comes? Malcolm Delaney: Right now I'm praying that I do. I could play in Europe for 10 years and I won't care if I'm playing in a good situation. But getting the opportunity to play in the NBA would be a big thing for my family and everybody around me. It's still a dream for me. Right now, seeing how close I am, I'm thinking about it a little bit more. HoopsHype

Q: Would you take less money to play in the NBA? Malcolm Delaney: Yeah, I'm willing to do that kind of sacrifice. I mean, it would be a hard decision if I'm deciding between a big European offer and a league-minimum deal in the NBA where I probably won't have the chance to show my game, ending up on the bench. But I can't say that I wouldn't take it. Until I have those two options and I get the feedback from the NBA on what they'd expect from me, I can't say what I'd do. But I'm really thinking about the NBA a lot right now. HoopsHype

Q: Are you going to watch the NBA playoffs? Malcolm Delaney: Of course. NBA playoffs is the only thing I watch (during the season). I haven't watched much (regular season) NBA basketball in the past three years. I have some friends from my city, Baltimore, like Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay... I like to follow them. However beause of the time-difference I don't stay up to watch a lot of games. Now I'm a little bit more aware of what it's going on. I try to watch more games see some of the teams where I think I could fit in. HoopsHype

April 16, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin an intense, six-month training program next week upon his return from a short family trip to Europe, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Bryant has been ramping up his activity level in recent weeks as he continues to recover from a fracture in his left knee suffered during the Lakers' victory Dec. 17 at Memphis, just six games into his return from a ruptured Achilles. ESPN.com

April 10, 2014 Updates
April 9, 2014 Updates

Alba Berlin, Brose Baskets Bamberg and EWE Baskets Oldenburg are interested in NCAA Champion Niels Giffey. The German forward won his second NCAA title with the Huskies averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds as senior in college. There were already reports about a deal reached with Alba Berlin but the rumors were denied. Giffey hopes to play NBA Summer League this summer and see if he can get a spot in the NBA. It is more likely that he will start his pro career in Europe and the German bigs are already pursuing him for next seasons. Sportando

March 30, 2014 Updates

Lopez was eventually the one lying on the ground. It was October 2002, and the Timberwolves took on the Boston Celtics in a preseason game at an obscure arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lopez charged into swingman Paul Pierce and twisted awkwardly. He tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, and writhed on the floor, fearing the worst. It was over. Lopez, who was entering his fifth season, rehabilitated, but never played another regular-season game in the NBA. Living in Miami, he transitioned to television, working for Telemundo as an analyst, but wanted back on court after a while. He had a daughter named Anuhea Alexa, and left the States to play in Europe, suiting up for a team in Oldenburg, Germany. The new country piqued his interest, and he drove for hours on off days, stopping at the Berlin Wall, touring Munich and drinking in Oktoberfest. He was enchanted by the journey. “They walk 10 miles to the woods and suddenly there’s a castle,” Lopez says. “When you get there they just have beer after beer after beer.” He followed the bouncing ball to Spain, back stateside and through South America. International competition always thrilled him, but sometimes the unexpected clipped Lopez. New York Daily News

March 10, 2014 Updates
March 9, 2014 Updates

Bryant convinced O’Neal to undergo plasma-rich therapy on both knees in Germany, a procedure that has extended the careers of several professional athletes. “Going to Germany gave me a different outlook on things,” he said. “When you tried everything, every shot possible, you’re like, ‘OK, well, maybe it’s just time.’ I had the knee surgery, fought back, had the wrist surgery, had to fight back, and it was just like, ‘I’ve got to give myself one more shot at it.’ “I wasn’t going to give myself one more shot until Kobe called me. It was something we talked about. I met him over there, and after the first day I picked Phoenix [in free agency] because I knew they had a great training staff and there were no expectations whatsoever. And it really allowed me to see what I had left in the tank.” Boston Globe

February 10, 2014 Updates

David Pick: 31-year-old Washington alumnus PG Will Conroy is working out with German side Vechta, I'm told. Likely to join for ROS. Twitter @IAmDPick

January 28, 2014 Updates
December 21, 2013 Updates

Coby Karl will continue his career in Germany with MHP Ludwigsburg, a source told Sportando. The American guard/forward, son of the NBA coach of the year, started the season with Reggio Emilia of Italy. Sportando

December 12, 2013 Updates

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