The best part about the year I spent in Germany was the level of basketball I played in the moment. Things change so quickly in professional sports; the rosters change daily, but the teams I knew and the arenas I played in are long gone. Of course that also changes the experience, which I can’t wait to recapture. The energy at practice and games was incredible. Each team was dominated by the most intelligent players on the floor; other teams had the heart of champions. There were games which shocked me: one team that won by 50 was managed by the guy who was just fired from the very same team one year earlier. And I saw a variety of great things: the intensity of the competition, not to mention the fans. Berlin is where NBA basketball became truly global. At stake was a shot at the championship (if our team won, we’d get to go to the winner’s final). So what did you learn from the Champions Challenge in Berlin this season? Here’s what Jalen Rose is saying on the court:
Watch the full interview:
First impressions from the Champions Challenge
Recalled Michael Beasley as one of the “best players” he has ever played with; a conversation with Toronto coach Nick Nurse afterwards sent him into a frenzy.