Stefan’s reputation in Germany helped to attract players who weren’t already in his purview. He helped sharpen the shot of Paul Zipser, who spent two seasons with the Chicago Bulls from 2016-18, and fielded requests from Maxi Kleber, an athletic big man who played with Paul for FC Bayern Munich—one of Bamberg’s biggest rivals. “I wanted to work with Stefan because he is one of the best when it comes to shooting,” says Maxi, who joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2017. “He is very open…very patient, takes notes and videos, and does his work very carefully.
I learned about hand positioning, where my elbow should be, body positioning. We worked on a lot of things and tried to adjust everything. Probably too much to make a list. “It’s just his ideas, his exercises, that make him special. It’s different from other coaches.”