Created on 2015-08-20 at 15:00 PM
FC Bayern’s basketballers are gradually coming back to Munich and the last to arrive were America’s John Bryant and Deon Thompson, who has returned to FCBB. They will join the rest of Bayern’s team, whose national players have been preparing for the start of the European Championship in September. With everyone now present, FCBB will head to their training camp in Riva del Garda on Sunday.
There is great anticipation at the beginning of pre-season with the arrival of power forward Deon Thompson. "I’m crazy excited to be back in Munich at the Audi Dome," said the 26-year-old who, having arrived recently, has already passed his medical exam at team doctor Jochen Hahne’s practice. He is especially looking forward to playing with the team after last year’s title-winning season and the awesome atmosphere in home games at the Audi Dome.
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.
Both Americans are confident they will be able to celebrate more success this season. "I really want to help the team. I still have the potential to improve at my age. I want to do that this season. I’m confident that we have a lot of quality in the squad and that we will play a good season," said Deon Thompson, who has been a German, Chinese and an Israeli champion in the last two years.
The Bayern team will begin to lay the foundations for a successful season on Sunday at their training camp in Riva del Garda. On Sunday morning team captain Bryce Taylor will lead his team out once more, and on the following Thursday (27th August 18:30 CEST), FCBB will play its first friendly of the season against Italian Eurocup participants Dolomiti Energia Trentino at Palagarda. Bayern will spend five days in the Italian holiday region of Lake Garda preparing for the upcoming season.
The first official game of the new season will be played at the Audi Dome on Friday 2nd October, as Bayern hosts EWE Baskets Oldenburg.