In a bit of surprising news earlier this week, former LIU Brooklyn point guard and 1,000-assist man, Jason Brickman reportedly asked to be released from his contract with German club Medi Bayreuth.
On the team’s official website (in german), they said Brickman surprised team officials and coaches when he asked to have his contract terminated. According to the release, the team asked Brickman to reconsider but the other players on the team unanimously didn’t want Brickman to return after making his request and thus his request was granted.
It is the second European pro team Brickman has left this season after leaving Russian club Dynamo Moscow back in late November. He wasn’t getting much playing time in Russia and both sides decided to part ways.
This news comes as such a surprise since it seemed like he was having good success with his new german club. He played in 11 games for Medi Bayreuth, starting in ten. He averaged 7.5 points per game and 4.8 assists per game in nearing 30 minutes per game of playing time. He shot 48 percent from the field and 48 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line.
The team’s headline in their release of the news, translated in english from german was ‘Not Cope With The Pressure’.
I have to believe there is more to this that is being led on. It seems highly out of Brickman’s character to just decide to basically quit on his team during their final stretch of regular season games. To say, he couldn’t cope with the pressure, to me, makes no sense. This is the same guy who perform big in big games for LIU in his four seasons with the Blackbirds. Why would he all of a sudden shy away from the pressure? Something is just not adding up in my opinion.
It will be interesting to see if he draws any more interest from any other pro teams for next season considering his two exits this season.
I will continue to monitor this if any further news or information is released. We at BHJ continue to wish Brickman luck in whatever his future holds.