That’s very bitter!
Shortly before the start of the season at champions Ratiopharm Ulm (Wednesday, 8 p.m., Dyn live) in the easycredit BBL, the Niners Chemnitz’s bad luck with injuries struck. According to BILD information, Dominic Lockhart (29) tore the lateral ligament in his knee – a six-week break.
The forward can therefore only be used again in November. Lockhart is one of the Saxons’ top performers, especially in defense. He was one of those who should and ultimately could be retained for the new season.
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What: Reuters 09/22/2023
Above all, the Niners will miss his experience. With over 300 games, he is a veteran of the Bundesliga. Before moving to Chemnitz, the Schweinfurt native had already played in Oldenburg, Göttingen and Bamberg over the past ten years.
Coach Rodrigo Pastore (51) hopes that in addition to the strong defense, he will also improve the attack. Only 3.3 points per game are not enough for the 1.98 m giant in his position with just under 19 minutes of playing time per game.
We worked on this in preparation, but he can’t show it in competitive games for the time being. It will take another few weeks for Lockhart to return to his full potential after the injury.
After reaching the quarterfinals last season, the Niners’ goal is to get at least as far this time. 6th place and thus direct qualification for the playoffs would be the next step in development. Pastore’s medium-term goal was to be among the top 4 in the league in the next three or four years.
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Lockhart should play a central role in this. Last season he played 52 games and remained injury-free. Now the setback before the start of the new series.
There should initially be no subsequent obligation. Only a seventh foreigner for the Europe Cup, who otherwise plays in the second team in the regional league, will be brought in.
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