Basketball: “I think it’s wrong for us to play today” – Sports

Anyone who looked at the substitutes’ bench in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga match against Frankfurt Skyliners on Sunday saw, above all: some emptiness. Andrea Trinchieri called up ten professionals for the match against Ludwigsburg, the coach could not find more. Following the new corona outbreak in the middle of the week, Bayern had to report a total of nine positive cases to the league, and according to the Munich team, three supervisors were also quarantined. They also have several injuries to complain about, Ognjen Jaramaz will be out for weeks with a torn ligament, Paul Zipser and Darrun Hilliard anyway, co-captain Vladimir Lucic, captain Nihad Djedovic and Nick Weiler-Babb were injured on Sunday, they were up against them on Sunday Frankfurt Skyliners not in start five, Djedovic did not play at all.

This bloodshed had already led to the postponement of the away match in Fenerbahce Istanbul in the Euroleague, which was scheduled for Friday. However, the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) flatly rejected the request from the German cup winners to postpone Sunday’s match against Frankfurt due to the lack of players – their rule is narrower than the Euroleagues. In a nutshell, that means a team has to play when they have eight players who can play. BBL does not maintain a injury list like the Euroleague. Theoretically, the bus driver could also play if the club had signed him up in advance. And also battered players.

Bayern then won the match against Frankfurt by 72:53 (39:18), but the league’s decision also irritated Bayern’s CEO Marko Pesic. “I think it’s wrong for us to play today, quite simply,” Pesic said shortly before the kick-off at Magentasport: “Our whole second team is in quarantine, we can not bring up a player. That’s unrealistic for me. “I know I do not know how an injured player should be considered qualified to play. Should we force injured players to play now? I do not want to protect Lex Bayern, I want to protect my players.”

“Karma is undefeated,” Trinchieri said at the end, addressing the league

Frankfurt would also have said yes to a transfer until the end of next week, but the league still insisted on playing the match. As was often the case in early January, when Würzburg and Bayreuth were to play against each other, even though there were corona cases on Würzburg’s team – a kind of superspreader event was played. The question is also current whether anyone in the Audi Dome has also been infected with the corona virus on the track – despite all the serious tests leading up to the match, this danger resonates.

Bayern, who had not trained in the meantime due to the Corona outburst, then started with a 19: 4 race against the 15th in the table. Frankfurt, which was first stopped by the siren at the end of the first quarter. The unfortunate circumstances were followed by a defiant reaction from the remaining ones, which the spectators acknowledged with great applause. It was 39:18 at the break, where a couple of children whizzed across the floor in a minivan, at least loosened up a bit in the otherwise rather lead-containing mixture. According to the current rules – with 50 percent occupancy – 3250 fans had to enter the hall, 1127 finally came only. Many more preferred a walk under the blue sky in the West Park next to the hall, which despite the victory hardly improved the mood of those responsible for Bavaria.

At the same time, the Munich lead hardly melted after the break, the success was never in danger. Also because Othello Hunter convinced as the top scorer with 14 points and Deshaun Thomas (11) in the offensive – and Joshua Obiesie with eight defensive rebounds. “We played with concentration,” said coach Trinchieri, who was happy that no more players were injured. “Karma is undefeated,” Trinchieri said, addressing the league at the end of the game schedule. It’s not hard to guess that he did not mean BBL’s karma. Then he left, Bayern playing again in Chemnitz in 48 hours.

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