The queue of autograph hunters stretched from the foyer of the brose arena to the other end of the hall on saturday, where the basketball legends could barely keep up with the signing. It seemed that every one of the 3,500 visitors wanted to get a drink after the "match of the champions a signature of casey jacobsen, peja suput, anton gavel or other rough ones from the bamberger bundesliga history, soon to turn 50. Time of the year.
It was an entertaining two-hour trip down memory lane as bamberg fans celebrated their heroes of yesteryear who brought them a total of nine german championships and six cup wins. "This feels like a rough class meeting", said rudi schultze, hall spokesman for many years. The former champions also visibly enjoyed their brief return to the arena. "Even though i’m back here for the first time since i left in 2014, bamberg is still a part of my life. Contacts never broke off", said jacobsen, who showed with seven threes (in twelve attempts) that he hasn’t forgotten anything, and therefore was offered the last free spot in the current brose team by hall speaker matthias steger. Jacobsen’s former teammate peja suput – although a bit fuller now – also showed the fans his relaxed hand once again.
But the most acclaimed actor was one who didn’t play the game at all. Brose bamberg pulls nikos zisis out of the hat as surprise guest. The jersey with the number 6 was hung under the hall roof in front of his eyes. It will now no longer be awarded. "This is a special moment for me, because you never think something like this will happen", said the greek basketball legend, who has seen just about everything in his soon-to-be 20-year career. And zisis said another sentence that could also apply to all the other old stars: "bamberg is a very special place for me."