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NBA’s Kaman, Nowitzki targetted by Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich's pro basketball team is hoping to lure German stars Chris Kaman and Dirk Nowitzki to Bavaria should the NBA season be wiped out following a 100-day lockout of players.

NBA's Kaman, Nowitzki targetted by Bayern Munich
Photo: DPA

“Kaman is a very interesting player who we could consider if the season is cancelled,” said Bayern coach Dirk Bauermann.

“And there would obviously be another interesting man,” he added of Dallas Mavericks centre Nowitzki.

Centre Kaman, 29, plays for Los Angeles Clippers.

NBA players and club owners face losses of hundreds of millions of dollars as the lockout reached its 100th day with a Monday deadline to save season openers.

Team owners and players have not been able to agree on how to divide $3.8

billion in annual revenues and on salary cap issues, the gap so wide it could jeopardize the entire 2011-2012 campaign.

AFP/mry

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Turkish fans brawl at wheelchair match in Germany

A mass brawl at a wheelchair basketball match in Germany between supporters of Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Besiktas left seven fans needing hospital treatment, police have confirmed.

Turkish fans brawl at wheelchair match in Germany
A file picture of an unrelated wheelchair basketball match. Photo: DPA

The fight erupted on Saturday afternoon during the Champions Cup game when around 60 supporters from the two clubs attacked each other using knives and baseball bats in the sports hall in Zwickau, near Chemnitz, but there were no serious injuries.

“The game had to be abandoned and seven fans were taken to nearby hospitals. Six of them were released after receiving treatment,” said a police spokesman in a statement.

A bus-load of around 50 supporters left the sports hall immediately after the fighting broke out and were briefly detained by police near Erfurt, which is 120 kilometres west of Zwickau, while their bus was searched.

Police are investigating.

This is not the first time violence has broken out between fans of the rival Turkish clubs, who are both based in Istanbul, at a wheelchair basketball match.

In 2012, 10 supporters were arrested after a clash during a game in Istanbul when fans sprayed fire extinguishers at each other and police used tear gas to break up the fighting on the basketball court.