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SBD Global/April 10, 2014/Franchises

BBL Club Bayern Munich, NBA Team Oklahoma City Thunder Agree To Cooperation

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Bayern Munich's Malcolm Delaney dunks during the Euroleague game March 21.
Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) side Bayern Munich and the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder "have agreed to a cooperation," according to Julian Galinski of ABENDZEITUNG MÜNCHEN. Bayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic said, "A delegation of the team is currently visiting us in Munich. We will cooperate with Oklahoma. They were surprised what we have achieved in a short period." The five-member delegation "is headed by Thunder GM Sam Presti." Bayern Munich Sports Dir Marko Pesic said, "I've known him for a while. It's an honor for us to have him here." The delegation "will talk to the top management of Bayern's football and basketball departments." In addition, they "will attend a practice session of the basketball team on Tuesday, the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal return leg against ManU on Wednesday and get to know the city and its culture." Marko Pesic said that "at the moment it is all about getting to know each other." He added, "We want to continue our development and learn from the best. Therefore we've scheduled this first exchange of thoughts and ideas here in Munich. Oklahoma is in a relatively similar position as us. They are a relatively young team." Marko Pesic "is ruling out an athletic cooperation such as the exchange of players at the moment." He said, "We haven't talked at all about athletic issues, only about business" (ABENDZEITUNG MÜNCHEN, 4/8).
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