The Red Bull King of the Rock qualifier in Germany crowned a winner in front of 1,000 streetball fans. Nico Kaml, from Berlin, was ewarded with the "maximum penalty," a transfer to the world finals on Alcatraz Island.
Not only were the high temperatures in the old post office building in Bamberg feeling extreme, but the skill level of the 32 competitors was incredibly high.
"It's incredible what the guys show here," said Carsten Tadda, player for the Brose Baskets Bamberg team. "Basketball has its origin on the asphalt. Here they learn the importance of one-on-one basketball. And with dirt and sweat on their faces, that's streetball at its best."
Fueled by moderator Amiaz and the finest hip-hop tracks from DJ Ron, the players fought the bitter opponent attacks, spectacular layups, solid blocks and tricky moves. The players were not squeamish, so every game was close to a showdown. The first quarterfinal went into overtime twice. The shooter had four personal fouls and led a triple in the final seconds for a decision.
Kaml, at 17 years old, is the youngest Red Bull King of the rock winner so far. "The feeling was indescribable when I realized that I get to fly to San Francisco, to Alcatraz, to represent Germany at Red Bull King of the Rock," he said. "Especially because I may be the youngest of all participants there. I will try my best to be King of the Rock.” He took the basketball net with him as a trophy.
After the award ceremony the hip-hop act Eljot Quent played the official event track "Red Bull King of the Rock," and the walls of the old postal hall began to quake. Players and fans celebrated late into the night.