Robert Kulawick Retires From The Beko BBL

For that novice fan that entered a basketball gym for the first time and was scoping the participants on the court might have yelled “hey surfer boy, you might find waves off the coast of Holland, but not the way you are parked in the corner behind that line”. Of course for any one that followed the Beko BBL in Germany in the last years knew that that was no Travis Burke with the long blond hair, but really German basketball player Robert Kulawick who only sported that look after games as on the court he always had his hair in a bun. Kulawick will no longer sit in the corner waiting for the pass and amaze fans with his unorthodox shooting style and golden smile as he has decided to hang up his sneakers in the Beko BBL. The 30 year old 192cm guard has decided to head to Berlin and concentrate on his family and life there. “In the end there were more points that spoke for Berlin than against it. It wasn´t an easy decision and it wasn´t a decision against Goettingen. I have much ties to Goettingen and have many friends here so one will see me here again. I had many nice and successful seasons with Goettingen with the Eurochallenge win or the last game of the season. That will stay forever”, warned Robert Kulawick. The German really picked the perfect time to go as he was instrumental in helping the club remain in the Beko BBL as on the last game day where the team had to win to hinder moving down to the Pro A, he stepped up and rattled the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg with 20 points and called it his best season and career game.

Kulawick started his basketball career in 2003 with  TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) where he played until 2006 while having a double license with Alba Berlin. In those three years, he had difficulty getting into the rotation of the Beko BBL team and played only 14 BBL games and 3 ULEB cup games. In the 2006-2007 season he moved to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1.Bundesliga): 14 games: 1.6ppg; played also at Cuxhaven BasCats (2.Bundesliga): 2 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0rpg. In the 2007-2008 season he played with  SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Regionalliga): 5 games: 16.2ppg, in Oct.’07 joined Den Helder Seals (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 34 games: 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.6%. In 2008 he moved to BG Goettingen where in his first tour of duty played three seasons and became  atypical valuable role player for head coach John Patrick and helped the team win the Eurochallenge title in 2010. He then moved to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1.Bundesliga) in 2011 where he balled until 2014 and played the last two seasons with BG Goettingen again. All in all, the German played 9 full seasons in the Beko BBL, and amassed 299 games and the most with BG Goettingen where he played five seasons. Age 30 is no age to retire and head coach Johan Roijakkers knows what the team has lost. “That Robert isn´t returning is a big loss for us. He was the heart and soul of the team. He always gave his all in practice and games and had a smile on his face”, expressed head coach Johan Roijakkers. If Kulawick will totally turn his back on the game on the court is unknown, but knowing his desire for the game and the many semi-professional teams in the area of Berlin, he probably will still play in some fashion. In the meantime, he can always tell folks about when he and BG Goettingen defeated NBA legend Allen Iverson and Besiktas Istanbul where he steered 15 points in the exciting 85-83 buzzer beater victory.

 

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U20 National Team -04-06, German U18 National Team -04, Albert Schweitzer Tournament -04, German Rookie All-Stars Game -05, European Championships U20 in Moscow -05: 8 games: 7pts, 1.4rpg, 0.8apg, German Bundesliga Rookies All-Star Game -06, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -06, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -06, German Bundesliga Finalist -06, European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%, FT: 85.7%, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -07, 12, Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Bosmans Team -08, German 2.Regionalliga North-West Champion -09, World Military Championships in Klaipeda (Lithuania) -09, German Military National Team -09, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -09, EuroChallenge Champion -10, and Eurocup Quarterfinals -11.

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