Especially with Alba you have to wait and see how the exhausting summer of the European Championship will affect the start of the season. With Maodo Lô, Jaleen Smith and Tamir Blatt, all three Berlin playmakers were in action at the Euro. With Thiemann and Yovel Zoosman, two other top performers played through in the summer. In addition, two players, Marcus Eriksson and Malte Delow, missed the entire pre-season due to injury. “We didn’t have much time to prepare for the first game of the season with the whole team. But our advantage is that we were able to keep the team together for the most part and only have to integrate two new players,” said head coach González. Only center Yanni Wetzell (from Saski Baskonia) and Gabriele Procida (Fortitudo Bologna) are new to the Alba team, but are not yet part of it.


    As the champion of the last three years, Alba is once again going into the season together with FC Bayern as the top favourite. The two German EuroLeague clubs are named by all BBL coaches as the teams to beat on the way to the title. Meanwhile, Berlin’s head coach Israel González sees a third club at the top. “Bayern, Bonn and we will play for the title,” believes the Spaniard. In the eyes of the coaches, Crailsheim and Oldenburg could cause surprises.


    Only ten days after the bronze coup of the German basketball team at the EuroBasket, things are getting serious again in the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The anticipation for the new BBL season is huge and in the league they are hoping for a positive effect from the great performances of the national team. “The league has become qualitatively stronger and more attractive in recent years, and that will increase with such an impulse,” hopes Alba managing director Marco Baldi.


    Hello and welcome to the 2022/23 BBL season! The reigning champion Alba Berlin and the Hamburg Towers open the new season in the German elite class at 7 p.m.