Trinchieri: It will take time, but we will be good. How good, I don’t know – but good

Credit: Ciamillo & Castoria
Credit: Ciamillo & Castoria

Trinchieri: We know we lack some length. But I hope we will compensate with energy, intensity and system. Defense will be the key of the system more than ever

During the Bayern Basketball training camp in Bruneck, head coach Andrea Trinchieri and general manager Marko Pesic once again took time to answer questions from the media representatives who had traveled to the event.



. . . Paul Zipser: “It’s going to be a long process with him, but having him here is a gift. We are all happy about it. He’s allowed to train individually now and we’ll see in the next few weeks how it goes. He is super motivated, he infects us with that. To have a timetable for him would be unfair. Little things are big with him now. I will support him 100 percent and I am convinced he will come back.”

. . . the development of the team: “We are missing some players again right now. Weiler-Babb just trained here for the first time and Rubit before that also never trained with the team. But everything is in flux, I’m learning and studying my team. I have a picture frame, but I haven’t chosen the colors of the painting yet. Are we going Dutch? Or is it more Picasso? We’ll see.”

. . . the status of the squad: “We don’t have dominant centers, but variable ones who can play multiple positions. Who’s doing well is Andy (Obst), who I once left behind as a kid – and now he’s a man. I think he has a lot of room to improve. Jaramaz is also doing very well, Walden too. But I’ve trained both of them before, so they know me and I know them. That’s all we can say right now, we’re navigating through this phase. We’ve swapped a lot of players, I have to look at all of that first. (…) Last year, our preparation was a horror. This time I’m taking my time.”

“If not Claudia Schiffer, then Heidi!”

. . . the great upheaval: “A lot of contracts just expired. Our two best players were signed, Reynolds and Baldwin. We knew that beforehand and we can take it. We are lucky to have kept a very strong framework after a fantastic season: with Lucic, our leader, with Sisko, Babb, Paul and Leon. Babb is just coming back now and Leon and Paul are currently missing. Of course, that slows down the process. But I am confident. It will take time, but we will be good. How good, I don’t know – but good.”

. . . about numerous departures: “Do we want to go out with Claudia Schiffer? Sure. We can call her – but she won’t take the call. So if you don’t go out to dinner with Claudia, then maybe with . . . Tanja? Or Heidi! So you have to do what’s possible. I wanted all the players back, but we knew that wasn’t possible. I’m super happy to have Pauli, Sisko, Lucic, Leon and Babb back.”

. . . the possibilities of the club: “This club makes efforts and yet is very stable. We will never take a step that is too far for our legs. A milestone for the club will be the new arena, the SAP Garden. Until then, we will do our best to have successful seasons, like last year. We will read what is happening on the court and react to it. (…)We finished last season with virtually no guards, all injured. This year, our guard rotation is bigger, including the Germans. Of those, Jason George is particularly impressive at the moment, he has played long and well in preseason so far. (…) The bigger selection is important because last season we simply had games that we couldn’t win at all for physical and mental reasons.”

. . . the leading figure, Othello Hunter: “Sometimes you realize after just three sentences that the other person unexpectedly has the same view right away. Othello is a leader, very experienced; he arrived very well prepared, in better shape than some younger guys, that tells me everything. He wants to win, I want to win, Lucca wants to win. They are our backbone.”

. . relatively small centers: “We will defend a Tavarez with Hunter and Rubit already. We know we lack some length. But I hope we will compensate with energy, intensity and system. Defense will be the key of the system more than ever. My dream is to have to change a player only because he left everything on the court for however long.”

“I hope for enthusiastic fans”

. . . Season goals: „

I’ve been thinking all summer about what I want to achieve. Last season we had an imperfect team, but they found a way to play almost perfectly, not talking about the basketball at all. The spirit was unparalleled. We had so many comebacks against such strong teams. I want to create that no-lose mentality again. That’s more important than me teaching things. (…)
I see us in 18th place in the EuroLeague now, but I want to improve one position every day. All the teams are better now, the transfers, the names were incredible again this summer. So the goal now is to come up from the bottom again. We want to win every game, no matter who is tired or injured.”

. . . the FCBB: “From the outside, I see a sleeping giant. Or like at a barbecue: After an hour, you see something super hot under the ashes. My job is to wake up the giant or just light a real fire. Munich is a fantastic city, I love every corner here. Unfortunately, I haven’t experienced the fans yet. Last season we could have had 10,000 with us every time, because that was a show. Munich definitely needs something besides soccer. And for European basketball, this can become a very special club: A HUB where players are developed by winning games. The potential is there.”

. . . the return of the fans „I hope that the team will have enthusiastic fans behind them. The team will always give everything, every game. We want to build a very close connection with the fans.”

Fonte: Bayern Munich.

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