Of course, they’ve already celebrated their man with the number 23 in an appropriate way. Long minutes, with standing, spatter and rhythmic applause. After the last game at Oldenburg of the season in the German Basketball League (BBL) against Würzburg (113:87) on April 29, fans touched their club’s symbol a bit – among other things with big choreography and the inscription “15 Years of Loyalty – Three-Grounds” , Fool and Heart’s Blood – Thank you Ricky.”
But the 39-year-old American is so important to Baskets Oldenburg and the city that a separate farewell game just isn’t appropriate. It is almost necessary.
Record the fans in the farewell match
And so it will be really touching again on Saturday (6pm) in the home rink. For Paulding, his wife and three children, as well as for all Baskets fans who got a ticket to the match against the All-Star Team. 6,523 visitors will guarantee a record crowd at the club. Lower Saxony implemented its plan to increase the arena capacity again for this special day. Until then, the seat limit was 6,200. They could definitely have sold more tickets.
Paulding: “I look forward to spending time with my family”
After all, it’s about candid thanks to the club’s greatest player once again and wishing him all the best for the time following his 15-year career in the Baskets shirt. Thinking about it gives the 1.96-meter man, who has played nearly 600 basket games in shooting positions and the little forward goalkeeper and scored 7,959 career points, with mixed feelings.
“I will definitely miss the matches and the competition,” the Baskets legend told NDR. “I still love both. I love the atmosphere in the dressing room and being with the boys.” “But now I’m looking forward to the other things out there. Spending time with my family, relaxing and not just training and playing.”
Pauling quickly became a fan favorite
Of course, Boulding knows that they took him to their hearts long ago in Oldenburg. After all, a huge inscription was placed on the wall next to the ring, showing him extending his arms. It can read “Pauldingburg – since 07/08” on it.
“It’s good to be a part of town because I’ve been here for a long time.”
The second-best scorer in the history of the Bundesliga said: “I always get nervous when I look at it and people wonder what I’m doing. Every time I get past it, I am so happy.”
His greatest successes in Oldenburg were winning the German championship in 2009 and the cup in 2015. On Saturday at around 6pm Bolding will be on the floor again with some of his buddies for 4×5 minutes of play. The club did not want to reveal which players will be competing together in the Allstar game.
Baskets promise many surprises
“Ricky had a very special, emotional and memorable farewell during his 15 years with us. That’s why we organized an event together that hadn’t existed before for the German basketball player,” said Daniel Plains, Head of Marketing at Baskets Oldenburg. . “We have prepared many surprises for Ricky and our fans and we want to celebrate this special player and person in a worthy way. That is why we have decided to make a special statement to the back of 6,523 fans.”
Paulding receives the City’s Great Seal on Sunday
It is already certain that the jersey with the number 23 will be pulled under the hall’s roof and therefore will no longer be officially designated. And it won’t end with a late Saturday evening. The ceremony will follow at 12:00 noon on Sunday at City Hall. Then Mayor Jürgen Krugman (SPD) presented the crowd’s favorite with the Great Seal of the City.