Telekom Baskets Bonn
|Telekom Baskets Bonn|
|Leagues||German League, Eurocup|
|History||BG Bonn 92
Telekom Baskets Bonn
|Team colors||Magenta, White, and Black
|Head coach||Mathias Fischer|
Telekom Baskets Bonn, also known as Baskets Bonn is a German basketball club based in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club plays in the German Basketball League, which is the highest level pro basketball league in Germany. The club's sponsor is the German company Deutsche Telekom, a major telephone and internet company, which also sells mobile phones (T-Mobile) in the United States. The club's home arena is the Telekom Dome.
The Baskets reached the German League Final Four nine times in 17 years league affiliation and belong to Germany's most successful teams.
- 1 History
- 2 Roster
- 3 Head Coach History
- 4 Notable players
- 5 Bonn's individual stats leaders
- 6 Season by season
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Telekom Baskets Bonn werde founded in 1992 when the German clubs Godesberg Turnverein 1888 eV (Godesberg Gymnastics Club) and SC Fortuna Bonn merged. The basketball team of the Godesberger TV had been founded in 1970, whereas the SC Fortuna Bonn had been founded in 1973. The Godesberger TV was promoted to the Basketball Bundesliga in 1990. A year later, the club was relegated, and the associated economic problems eventually lead to the 1992 merger of the departments of the two basketball teams to BG Bonn 92. The following year, the club switched names to Post SV Bonn. In 1995, the club switched names again to Telekom Baskets Bonn, sponsored by the German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom.
Entry of the Deutsche Telekom and early years in the Bundesliga
In April 1995, the Telekom Baskets Bonn declared their goal to be promotion to the Bundesliga in 1997. But already in the 1995/1996 season the team finished the second division unbeaten and moved up to Germany's prime basketball league. There, the Baskets managed to establish themselves immediately, supported by an ecstatic home crowd at the newly built Hardtberghalle of the Hardtberg School Center. In their first season the Baskets succeeded to the finals of the German Championship. There, they lost 1:3 against Alba Berlin. In the following years they always reached the playoffs until the 2004/05 season. In 2005, the Baskets finished the regular season at the No. 9 position. Then coach Predrag Krunic was relieved of his duties. In December 2005, Michael Koch the former national team captain became the team's new head coach. Previously, for a few months Bonn was coached by the Croat Danijel Jusup.
From 1998 to 2002, the Baskets had a cooperation agreement with the SG Sechtem. This cooperation ended in 2002 due to a new strategic orientation of both clubs.
Moving to the Telekom Dome and the era Mike Koch
In 2008, the Baskets moved from its previous venue, the Hardtberghalle, to the newly built Telekom Dome. Thus, the Telekom Baskets became Germany's first basketball club to build its own arena with adjoining training center.
The Baskets then intensified the training of their own youth players and in the 2006/2007 season started a cooperation with former rival Dragons Rhöndorf. Under the name SG Bonn / Rhöndorf the club sent various youth teams to Germany's prime youth divisions. The club's aim was to increase the number of their own players to jump into the squad of the 1st team. The club's first success stories are both Fabian Thülig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. Under coach Mike Koch the Baskets succeeded to the finals of the National Basketball League both in 2007/2008, as well as in 2008/2009. There, the Baskets finished runner-up to Alba Berlin and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The season 2010/2011, however, was the weakest since the rise of the Telekom Baskets to Germany's first division. With only 14 wins and 20 defeats, the Baskets finished the season ranked 13th and missed the play offs for only the second time in their club history.
For the 2011/2012 season Mike Koch remained Head Coach of the Telekom Baskets and built a new squad. New additions such as Benas Veikalas, Tony Gaffney, Talor Battle, Daniel Hain and Andrej Mangold and most notably former player Jared Jordan joined the team. Together they led the team through a regular season full of ups and downs. At the end they finished at the 8th spot with 18 wins and 16 defeats. In the quarter-finals of the playoffs, the Baskets were subject to a 1:3 result as they were beaten in 4 matches by defending champions Brose Baskets Bamberg. The Baskets Bonn also reached the Cup final where they were also beaten by Bamberg at Bonn's own court.
2012/2013, the Baskets qualified for the play-offs again. Overall, the team finished the season ranked 7th in the regular season. A few months into the season the team was supplemented by forward Jamel McLean, who replaced Patrick Ewing Jr.. In the quarterfinals, the Baskets met the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. There, the Baskets Bonn were eliminated with 2:3 victories after 5 games. After the season, the contract of coach Michael Koch was not extended, thus the Koch era ended after eight years as head coach of the team. When he left the club, he had been the longest serving head coach of the league.
Two new faces for the club's main tasks
In May 2013, as the successor to Michael Koch, the Telekom Baskets Bonn presented Mathias Fischer as the new head coach. Fischer had worked for the LTi Giessen 46ers before and had been responsible for several youth programs and national selections of Germany. Under his leadership, especially the youth development should expand and receive new impetus to the cooperation with the Dragons Rhöndorf. In addition to Fischer, the Baskets presented Michael Wichterich as new full-time sports manager. Wichterich is a former player of the Baskets and the Dragons Rhöndorf. He had previously worked for the Dragons where he was in a similar position as Arvid Kramer in 2004. Wichterich is only the second full-time manager of the club. The previous manager Andreas Boettcher is still involved in management.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
Telekom Baskets Bonn roster
|C||Tadas Klimavicius||Dirk Mädrich|
|SF||Florian Koch||Thomas Michel|
|PG||Eugene Lawrence||Andrej Mangold|
Head Coach History
- John Ecker (1993–1995)
- Bruno Socé (1995–2001)
- Predrag Krunic (2001–2005)
- Danijel Jusup (2005)
- Michael Koch (2005–2013)
- Mathias Fischer (2013–present)
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team or one NBA game at any time.
Bonn's individual stats leaders
- Scroll down to see more.
Season by season
|Season||Tier||League||Pos.||Postseason||German Cup||European competitions|
|1992–93||2||2. BBL||7||Relegation playoffs||–||–|
|1993–94||2||2. BBL||5||Promotion playoffs||–||–|
|1994–95||2||2. BBL||7||Relegation playoffs||–||–|
|1997–98||1||Bundesliga||5||Quarterfinalist||–||Played Korac Cup|
|1998–99||1||Bundesliga||2||Runner-up||–||Played Korac Cup|
|1999–00||1||Bundesliga||4||Semifinalist||–||Played Saporta Cup|
|2000–01||1||Bundesliga||2||Runner-up||–||Saporta Cup quarterfinalist|
|2001–02||1||Bundesliga||4||Semifinalist||–||Saporta Cup quarterfinalist|
|2002–03||1||Bundesliga||3||Semifinalist||Fourth position||Played ULEB Cup|
|2003–04||1||Bundesliga||4||Semifinalist||–||Played ULEB Cup|
|2004–05||1||Bundesliga||9||–||Runner-up||Played ULEB Cup|
|2005–06||1||Bundesliga||7||Quarterfinalist||–||Played FIBA EuroCup|
|2014–15||1||Bundesliga||4||Quarterfinalist||Fourth position||Played Eurocup|
- Official Website (German)
- Eurobasket.com Team Profile
- Eurocup Team Profile
- Teamcheck Telekom Baskets Bonn 2009-10