#8 Karlis Podnieks

#8 Karlis Podnieks


Karlis is out of luck this season. He suffers one injury after another. But the lowpointer isn’t only important on the court. Karlis is a fighter, who gives always a hundret percent for the success of his team. He takes a major part of the moral of the Baskets and motivates everyone until the end. It’s his second season in Hamburg and we would not say that he is part of the team’s core. Karlis is the team’s core.

Back home in Latvia Karlis actually is wheelchair basketball player of the year. This is why he met NBA star Kristaps Porziņģis last summer. Great achievement! Karlis second home is the gym. Wheelchair pull-ups? No problem at all for Karlis! Let’s call him ‘Beast from the East’. Despite strong muscles and deep voice (Batman like) Karlis is a warmhearted person. We hope the ‘Latvian Nice Guy’ can take way more part on the court.

More of #8 Karlis Podnieks:

10 // Chances

It's "double or nothing" for Asael, Karlis and the BG Baskets. After some ups and downs during the season the team can now wrap up the playoffs with a winner in the last game of the regular season. But unfortunately its cup winner and champion of last year RSV Lahn-Dill they have to play against.


The Baskets couldn't be without the Front Office of the HSV. Logiscitcs, marketing, but also barbecue and other services - the team behind takes care of it. Team manager David Schulze is in charge of everything. He does his job with passion, but he has still one wish for the sport...


How fit is the team? Every year the BG Baskets have to do a medical check-up. Doc Sascha Kluge and his team of the BG Klinikum in Hamburg test the general shape of the players and do a performance diagnostics.


Karlis Podnieks is an exceedingly important part of the Baskets teamplay. The Latvian is the motivation machine of the team. After an injury he lies in hospital though and is missing in the seasons crunch time. But Karlis is with his team anyways...


Besides her job as professional basketball player Anne works as occupational therapist at the BG Hospital Hamburg. On the field and in the hospital she fulfills many rolls, which cost a lot of energy. But Anne loves what she does.


It's a tense mood in the team after the first defeat. Everybody knew, that the season wouln't be easy going at all times. The home game against the Rhine River Rhinos from Wiesbaden is a major challange for the Baskets so far. Captain Kai and his team have to deal the first crisis. Unfortunately play maker Ali is injured and his appearence on the court is incertain.


Not only the opponents on the court challange the BG Baskets. Also living next-door to one another is a major part, which demands well cooperation. The team has to grow together for success.


The BG Baskets go on their longest trip directely for the season opener. The whole team travels to Munich by train. From the station the team goes straight into the gym to meet their opponent - the 'Iguanas'. Captain Kai Möller motivates his team and knows, 'now it's hot!' A victory could be celebrated at the world famous Oktoberfest.


Karlis got stunning arm muscles. They are heavy. Going to the gym is - as for all the players of the Baskets - routine for the Latvian. But Karlis pull-ups are unbeatable.


Six new signings gain the BG Baskets in this season. A lot to do for head coach Holger Glinicki in the short pre-season. How will he manage to bind the six men and two women together as a team? The athletes arrive in Hamburg one after another and move into the Baskets' flat. Each of them got his or her unique story.  Young talent Asael is from Israel. Hamburg is his first stop abroad. The new beginning is on.