Jordan Crawford(Lokomotiv Kuban) Lebron Never Spoke To Me Again After The Dunk

Jordan Crawford is a 31 year old 193cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that will play for Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-VTB) in the 2020-2021 season recently completed his 9th professional season and first in Germany with Brose Bamberg. He played parts of 6 seasons in the NBA with teams like the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans amassing a total of 281 games. He also spent 3 seasons in China and in the 2015.2016 put up staggering stats with the TianJin Steel (China-CBA) playing 26 games averaging (43.1ppg), 6.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 83.3%. He also spent time in the G-League with Ft Wayne and Grand Rapids and in Israel with Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Winner League). He played a season at Indiana (NCAA) and a season with Xavier (NCAA) before getting drafted by the New Jersey Nets (NBA,1rd (27). He spoke to germanhoops.com before the deciding game against the EWE Baskets which Bamberg lost ending their season in Germany.

Jodan thanks for talking with germanhoops.com. What kind of experience has it been for you playing the BBL tournament? Has the whole atmosphere in the hotel living with other players remind you of your days at Xavier?

The Munich tournament has remined me of the AAU trips back in the day. It has been interesting to see the players approach me here on and off the court. My focus here has been to win games and to play off natural instincts.

Have you bumped into Rickey Paulding? He is a Michigan native like you? Did you enjoy your first battle against him?

It was fun playing against him. We went to the same high school, but he had already left when I went there. I looked up to him big time. There are so many talented players out there that never played in the NBA, but I always felt like Rickey’s game fit the NBA. He definitely deserved to play in the NBA. I remember seeing the way he played against D Wayde in the NCAA tournament. He already showed then the amazing skill set that he had. It’s also great that he is still playing at a high level today despite his age. 

Archie Goodwin stated to me that you shock hands with him in the hotel. Is he a guy you feel you could get closer to in Munich given the time?

I think that the Munich time has been a great opportunity for guys to get closer. You get to know guys better and just talk about how everyone is doing in these times. He is a great player and Ulm is playing great at the moment. 

Before we get back to the BBL tournament talk a little about how you experienced COVID-19 the last months? Did you remain in Germany or head back to the States?

It was disappointing at first how the season was delayed. I had just arrived in Bamberg and was starting to find my rhythm, but then COVID-19 hit. But you just got to role with the punches. I went back home and just stayed in shape. I didn’t think that the league would resume. But I just kept staying in shape. When your 31 years old, you have to stay in shape. 

There has been so much suffering, disappointment and sadness all over the world. On top of that so much drama going on in the States with politics and the senseless George Floyd murder. What have you learned during these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?

What made me stronger was seeing how strong the black community was during this time and how they got support from the world through actions and protests. The riots weren’t always seen as a good thing, but I think that the riots showed just how strong the younger generation felt and being able to stand up to the police. Everyone has to be treated equally. That would be best for all. I also became stronger just seeing the support for blacks all around the world. People all over the word got better informed about the situation and came together as one. It has been a real tough time, but the resilience that people have shown has given me courage. 

What kind of experience has it been playing for Brose Bamberg? Do you sense like the young Germans are in awe or do you feel like they respect you, but can control their cool with you?

I feel like the young German players have had an eye on me at all times seeing how I go about the game and watching my competitiveness and seriousness for the game. But at the same time every one has kept me sharp especially in practice. I thank the coaching staff and players. I was welcomed with open arms in Bamberg and have been allowed to play my game. 

Bamberg is slowly coming into it’s own. There are many title candidates like Munich, Berlin ,Ulm and Ludwigsburg, but how confident is the team that it can go a long way?

We are very confident. We still have been finding ourselves here while competing against good teams. I feel once you get that confidence that we can beat any team. 

You have never won a professional title. Are you aware just how close you are with Bamberg in Munich. Winning a title will never be this easy again.



Winning is everything when your competing. For me personally it has always been about striving to make my mark. I never played on teams where we had chances to win a title. The career is short so you have to focus on what is important at the time. We all had preseason legs and couldn’t always do things that we did before, but at this point you can only compete and see what happens.

In the last game against the Fraport Skyliners, 7 Bamberg players scored in double figures. You have been a lethal scorer where ever you have played. Has it been tough being less of a scorer and having no ego but being an unselfish player?

I feel that I have always been an unselfish player. It was just that I was thrown into the role to score. When I was coming off the bench, I had to impact the game so I did that by scoring. Being able to score the ball the way I do, also opens up the floor for my playmaking abilities. I have always been a good scorer and that is what people naturally thought is what I do. I’m always aggressive which helps my scoring. 

What has it been like being able to be teammates with Kam Taylor. He is a guy that played in the NCAA 2 and in the German 3rd division 2 years ago. Do you notice him wanting to soak up as much as possible in practice from you?

Yes I have noticed him trying to soak up as much information as possible. He is a very well balanced player. I thought that in the last game before COVID-19 hit, he was at his best when he was as aggressive as I was. Kam can score from anywhere. I remember telling him after the Berlin game that he has to watch the first 5 minutes of the game when he is on the bench in order to know exactly what he has to do when he gets on the court. He can’t be passive, but aggressive and make the defense aware of him. If he can do that then he can open up the floor for all. He is a great all around player and has a big future ahead of him. 

Last season you were with the Pelicans (training camp), Alba Berlin (failed medical check), China and Israel. How tough of a season was this for you and what did you learn that made you stronger as a person?

A big strong point in my career has been able to adapt to the environment no matter where I have played. I have never been in one place for more than 2-3 years. I have always performed well where ever I have played. A big problem with players is that they don’t stay their self when they come into a new environment. I will always be Jordan Crawford. When a situation doesn’t work out, you can’t feel sorry for yourself, but need to move on and accomplish the next goal. 

Last season you had your first tour of duty in Europe with Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Winner League, playing 4 games. What was your wake up call to being in Europe for first time where you knew that you were very far away from home?

I got to Israel in the middle of the season. It took me like a month to get my legs going. The way communication worked there was my wake up call. I didn’t want to tell something wrong. The communication aspect didn’t work as smooth for me. I wasn’t in top shape, but had to win games at the same time. 

You also have played in China 3 times. Americans have told me who have balled there that defense isn’t played there. Is this a league where offensive players like yourself can get extra self confidence and just score score and practice their game? How has your game developed there?

That they don’t play defense in China is a misconception. They do play defense in China. They put athletic Chinese guys on you that will check you full court for 40 minutes. Playing in China is like being back in high school playing. You make the decisions and the team relies on you to score. The league is fun and many Americans have gotten exposed playing there. A lot of guys will get asked to average 30 points and 8 assists. Guys get a lot of freedom. It is the kind off freedom that guys like Damian Lilliard and Steph Curry have with their teams

You last played in the NBA in 2017-2018 and have been away from it the last 2 seasons. Is the NBA still your major goal to get back or do you feel that you saw and made enough money there and now wouldn’t mind staying in Europe to have new experiences?

My goal today is to show how good I am of a player no matter where I’m playing. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the NBA or playing for a high level team in Europe, I just want to show how good I am. I love playing for Brose Bamberg. 

In the 2016-2017 season you split time with the Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) playing 37 games: Score-5 (23.5ppg), 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 87.0%, in Mar.’17 signed at New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) playing 19 game averaging 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 76.9%. Did this season show you that there are absolutely no gifts in the NBA and that every season is new and you could always land in the G-League. Does playing in the G-League get annoying when you have been an NBA vet for years?

This season showed how mentally tough I was. It is easy to play in the G-League coming from college, but not as easy coming from the NBA. What separates the great, good and not so good players in the G-League is the mental aspect. It is tough going back to the G-League from the NBA, because there are so many young and hungry players that want to match or better your intensity. 

In the 2015-2016 season you had an incredible season with TianJin Steel (China-CBA) playing 26 games: Score-1 (43.1ppg), 6.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 83.3%. You scored 72 points and 61 points in a game and had 8 games with 50 points or more. How does a lethal scorer like yourself begin to feel when you average 43ppg? Does one get a totally new kind of self confidence?

I wanted to show the States just how good I was. I then went to the D-League. I wanted to get back to the NBA and I had that motivation in China to show how good I was. I was playing for a bad team and put up big numbers.

In the 2014-2015 season you played for Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China-CBA) playing 5 games averaging 29.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 36.5%, FT: 82.4%, left in Nov.’14, in Mar.’15 moved to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) playing 14 games averaging 24.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 89.6%. You needed no new adjustment period to the D-League) Did you feel like you may have been close to a NBA call up?

I was really proud that season to have been able to help take a .team to the championship I didn’t play as good as I felt I could of, but I learned a lot about myself that season. I had had an eyelid problem in China. I think it was because of stress of being in a new place. I went to the D-League just so I could play again. We barley made the playoffs and then made the final. I feel that I definitely had deserved a NBA call up. I don’t feel like at that time there were too many guys playing better than me. I was not a house hold name and I think that I was too good for my role. I never wanted to be that 13th or 14th guy on the roster. I feel back then guards that was with the Pelicans knew that I was talented and behind them. They were afraid I would take their confidence. I was cut by the Pelicans, because guys were afraid of me. This is what I have had to deal with in my career. I shake up a room when I enter. I just have to accept what can happen. Life hasn’t been bad for me and there are a lot more guys who have had worse times than me so I shouldn’t complain. 

In 2013-2014 you split time with the Boston Celtics (NBA) playing 39 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.7apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 87.3%, in Jan.’14 traded to the Golden State Warriors (NBA) playing 48 games averaging 8.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.5%. What kind of experience was it playing for head coach Brad Stevens? How do you see his early development coming from a college coach to an NBA coach?

He has a great knowledge of the game. He made a good transition to the NBA once he understood how to win games using the little things and just how long a 48 minute game is. After that there was no stopping him. After I was there, he had guys like Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. I helped show him that he needs a scorer/playmaker. He used to have that slow down game at Butler (NCAA) and teams quickly found their rhythm against him in the NBA. He then learned that he needed a point guard who could control the game. His knowledge of the X &O’s is second to none. He knows how to break down a game and make it simple for a team that isn’t necessarily supposed to win. 

You were teammates with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Were there already signs then that the Warriors would be close to NBA stardom and titles?

Yes I did. I wish people would understand how good that team already was then when I was there. Key for the success was Draymond Green. He was already a leader from day 1 even though he didn’t play. That team had so much talent and were playing exciting basketball. Green protected Curry and took in the negative talk. He challenged the negative talk against the team. He always told the team to be focused and had that tough minded side. Curry, Thompson and Green fit so well. Green didn’t want to be the star, but get the rebound and hand the ball off. He had a big IQ and was rather the smart player than having the skill set.

What did your 41 points in 41 minutes in the Warriors win over the Nuggets mean to you? Thompson and Green played a combined 11 minutes and Curry didn’t play. Did it feel like the team belonged to you on this night?

It was great to showcase my talent in that game. I remember feeling that Steph Curry really respected me after that game. It was great being able to play in front of him and other guys who love basketball. Before the game knowing that Curry wouldn’t play, I told myself that I would go out and get 40 points. I showed in this game that I could pick my spots and I became a better player. 

Steph Curry also had an impact on you in terms of work ethic and having fun playing the game.

Steph got me in the gym to put up extra shots. When I played for the Wizards, I lived 2 minutes from the practice facility. I never put up extra shots. I just came to work and left. When I got to the Warriors and saw how Steph hit 30 one game and came to practice the next day excited to shoot, it gave me a different mentality and got me locked in.

In the 2012-2013 season you split time with the Washington Wizards (NBA) playing 43 games averaging 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 82.1%, in Feb.’13 signed with the Boston Celtics (NBA) averaging 8.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 78.2%. Was this a good example that the NBA will always be a business and that a player’s feelings are never important?


I think that players need to know that feelings can never be involved. There was a miscommunication between the Wizards and me the whole time I was there. They had that mentality that they couldn’t win, but I always play wanting to win. Both sides grew impatient of the other. They wanted that I deal with losing, but I made it hard on them not wanting to sit back. I wanted to win badly. I was never against them. The organization didn’t feel like Bradly Beal and I could play together. This also happened with Nick Young. I would have liked to have seen how John Wall, Bradly Beal and I would have played together. I think that if we would have had that opportunity then we would of learned to play well together. All in all my time there was cool. There were so many young players at that time. It was crazy. 

What did it mean for you being teammates with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce? What are the 2 most vivid memories you have with them?

KG was a person like no other. When game time came, there was absolutely no more joking around. I never felt comfortable joking around with him. I remember a game against the Knicks. It is obvious when the bench gets hyped off a big dunk, but KG made this rebound and the whole bench got hyped. He was like a monster. It was crazy how hyped we got just off a rebound from him. What I remember about Pierce was that when game time came, he would always show up. When I was there, coach Rivers, Garnett and Pierce were coming to the end of their long run in Boston. I remember that Pierce was so laid back that he wouldn’t always hear what coach said, but when game time came, he was there.

In the 20111-2012 season you played with the Washington Wizards averaging 14.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 79.3%. You were fortunate to have some real vets on the team with Nick Young, Rashard Lewis, Ronny Turiaf and Andray Blatche and Maurie Evans. What one of these guys had the biggest influence on you that season? What memories do you have of your rookie season and do you remember having to do certain duties for the vets because you were the kid?

It was a shocking experience going form the Hawks locker room to the Wizards locker room. I knew that when I got to Washington that I would finally play. I finally had my chance to show the NBA who I was. Lewis and Evans watched after you


You scored 39 points in a loss to Miami where Lebron James netted 35 points. Do you remember any post game chatter with James?

No no, I had no chatter with Lebron after that game. And we never had any after that either. I don’t really know why. I think it had to do with my dunk on him at a summer camp. I think that he thought I was a player that was always coming after him

You have had many great games in your career, but where do you rank your 21/10/11 game in the win over Cleveland?

That was one of my good games. John Wall had been suspended. I started that game and it was great to be able to show my overall game and that I could make my way in the NBA. 

You began your NCAA career at Indiana (NCAA) in 2007-2008 averaging 9.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 36.6%, FT: 74.6%. How tough was this season mentally with the Kalvin Sampson controversary? What did you learn from this season?

That season was tough. I learned how hard it could be to put aside what had happened. I had to play for another coach. We had a good season, but it was hard to maintain the level. We thought that we could, but it was impossible. 

You had a great last year at Xavier (NCAA) averaging 20.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 77.3%. You led the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 losing to Kansas State. You scored 32 points in a tough 2OT loss. Many called it the game of the year. Is this a game you have been able to watch again over the years?

I actually finally watched that game again not too long ago. It was hard watching that game again. I remember having so many opportunities to win the game. I should of made more shots.

You had real special teammates with guys like Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons, Kenny Frease or Jamel Mclean. Despite being there only a year did some of these guys become life long friends?

Oh yes of course. I talk to Holloway and Lyons all the time. Holloway was one of those players that could always get your team going. When he knew I was playing my best he would get me the ball. Even when I wasn’t playing well, he got me the ball. Lyons was a real energy player and one of the most talented players I have ever seen. Both are my guys. I wish that I could of played another year at Xavier. It has been dope seeing how my teammates careers have gone. It has also been dope seeing how well Jamel Mclean’s career has gone. 

You became very well known at a young age for dunking over Lebron James. Is that something you would rib him later during your battles in the NBA?


I feel like Lebron always thought about this experience. He got bad press for it. He never talked to me on the court. Despite this happening, I always remained humble. I was never a guy who used this as an opportunity to say look what I did. I never have been someone that lived on one thing. At that time social media was just getting big. The Lebron dunk was good and bad for me. Nobody knew me then, but when the dunk happened, everybody knew me. I always saw myself as being a humble guy and had to prove myself. But after that dunk everybody knew who I was and I felt that I didn’t have to prove myself anymore. 

How did head coach Chris Mack help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

He always challenged me to win as the go to guy. He made me more vocal. I also remember when we were off to a bad start, he said we can be 8-5 without you. That challenged me to want to win more. 

Who was the toughest player you battled against in the NCAA that made the NBA?

Jacob Pullen. He should be in NBA. I like his game. He can really play. 

Please list your 5 best teammates of all-time?

MarShon Brooks, Kevin Garnett, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis

Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore. Which 4 heads would you pick past or present?

Michael Jordan, Isaiah Thomas (Pistons), Kobe Bryant, Lebron James

Where were you when you found out about the death of Kobe Bryant? What kind of an effect did he have on your growing up and do you have any story of him and you on the court?

I was in my living room. My mom called me and told me and I couldn’t believe it. I was so hurt and just said why. He had such a big inspiration on me. I remember him being so young and so confident already. I remember his dunk at the allstar game. I was 6 or 7 and he was 16 or 17, but you put yourself in his shoes. I remember playing against him with the Wizards. I remember the pregame talk and coach saying ok Wall has Fischer and Crawford has Kobe. It sounded so fake hearing these words. I thought that my teammates would all laugh. At that moment I remember being in my living room watching him play and now I was about to guard him.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was Pretty Woman. I think it was very good. I knew that it was the favorite movie for girls. It was good to see for the first time. I have it on my movie channel now as we speak.

Thanks Jordan for the chat. 

Anell Alexis(EN Baskets) Stuck To A Daily Shooting Routine And Helped Him Achieve His Highest Three Point Percentage Since Norfolk State

Anell Alexis is a 30 year old 200cm forward that grew up in Germany and the states and completed his fifth professional season and first with the EN Baskets Schwelm (Germany-ProB) playing 21 games averaging 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 90.0%. In 2018-2019 he played with the wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen (Germany-ProB) averaging 6,2ppg and 3,2rpg. In the last years he has gained further experience playing in Panama and in Germany in Bremerhaven and Coburg. He played in the States at schools like Marist (NCAA) where he played 62 games and finished at Norfolk St. (NCAA) playing 34 games averaging 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 78.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the Coronavirus crisis

Hi Anell where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?


Hi Miles. I am currently in New Jersey with my family right now staying safe with everything going on.

When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?


I honestly did not think it would be this big of a deal. It didn’t hit home for me to until people I knew personally started passing from the virus.

How did you experience the day to day life in Schwelm when you were still in Germany? What things did you notice in the surroundings there that showed that life wasn’t normal?


Honestly the day to day life didn’t change a whole lot. Life started to noticeably change for us when we didn’t have practices or games

Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing


A: Yes I was very aware. I stopped shaking hands with people and kept my distance from everyone.

Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Pro A. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season?


It was very disappointing but at the end of the day everyone’s health is more important than the sport we’re blessed to play. My main concern is that everyone can come out of this healthy.

Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?


A: To be honest that would not affect me a lot. We have scrimmages all during the preseason without any fans and a lot of us have played games in college and high school without any fans either. It is just something that you have to play through at that particular moment.

What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?


That it is imperative that you keep your mental strong. You should also work on having multiple streams of income so that if one gets cut off, you can continue to move forward without any problem.

Wil it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?

I see it as a big advantage. You have more time now to pace yourself and really hone in on what you want to work on over the summer. The main disadvantage is not knowing when the leagues will start up again.

The whole world economy is going to be affected including German basketball. How worried are you about the future of professional basketball. The next season will have many changes. How are you handling this mentally now not knowing what to expect?


I am just going into the situation with an open mind. This just isn’t affecting me, but the entire world. Even the NBA has been affected by this. I not going in with any expectations or notions on when it would be time to head back overseas again.

If you had to name another player besides guys from the Panthers that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be?


Bill Borekambi

How has the day to day life been now in the States with the outbreak of the Coronavirus? Have you noticed any differences and are there any differences between the Americans and German people on how they are coping and handling themselves?


Both Americans and Germans are handling things in the same manner for the most part. Americans could do a better job with following the rules but you can only control what is in your power.

How has your approach to family changed since the outbreak of Corona? What things have you seen yourself do that you may not have done before?


I spend all my time with my family. Normally that isn’t the case because everyone is out doing their own thing but this virus has given us the silver lining of spending all of our time together.

Let’s talk about the season of EN Baskets Schwelm. Congrats on winning the Pro B North. How tough is it never knowing what would have happened in the playoffs and who would really have won the title fair and square?


A: It is slightly disappointing but at the same time I am proud of us as a group and a team. When people look back at this season, the table will show us being in first place. Everything else that happened was out of our control.

The club has 3 parts to the season. It began explosive with a 12-2 record, then lost 4 of 5 games and then finished strong winning 3 of 4. How would you summarize the season best?


Up and down but were able to stick together and win a lot. We had a talented and gritty group of guys and I think that had a big part of our success.

Talk about the secret of the success. It seemed like the club didn’t do one thing really very well, but were a versatile squad and team that were just solid all across the board?

We just knew how to play the game and a high basketball IQ. We did a great job all year of taking what the other teams were giving us and were able to impose our will and take advantage.

How vital was the experienced Falk Moeller? How much credit does he receive for being able to help build a team chemistry that wasn’t self evident considering most of the top players were new?


Coach Falk deserves all the credit. He really is a great coach and a fun guy to play for. He has a great sense of humor and keeps things very balanced and even-keel, even throughout a long and hard season.

What was the season highlight? Possibly beating the other top team Itzehoe in the last game. You didn’t know it then that that would be the last game, but now it must be a good way to close the season?


Beating Itzehoe was the season highlight for me, mainly because they were the top team in the league at the time. It was a tough game and we were down double digits in the middle of the second half but were able to turn it around and win. 

Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a pleasure was it playing with David Knudsen. What did you notice in his game and character that demonstrated that he was in fact an Austrian player and not a German player?

I knew Dave from college and knew he could shoot the ball. That ended up being the exact role he played for us. He was critical for our success this year.

How vital was having the massive experienced Nikita Khartchenkov on the team. He has seen just about every gym in Germany. He is known as a sniper, but please talk about his versatility on the floor that sometimes get’s overlooked?


Nikita knows how to play the game and it shows every time he steps on the court. The amount of attention he commands from other teams makes everything easier for everyone else. 

Talk about the growth of Montral Scott. He made another jump from his Pro B season from last season What kind of growth did he make this season and does he finally deserve a shot at the Pro A level?

He more than deserves a shot at Pro A. I think he proved he can be a key player to a title contending team, which is something that every manager and coach looks for when constructing a team.

Let’s talk about your game? This season with the EN Baskets you averaged 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 90.0%. How content were you with your season?


I feel like I did a decent job and was able to prove that I can be a main guy on a team that wins and has aspirations of winning a championship. 

You belonged to a list of most improved Pro B players. How proud are you of yourself with how well you played despite having a totally different role than with the wiha Panthers?


I always knew that I could have this type of impact if we are being totally honest. I am just grateful to Mr. Omar Rahim and Coach Falk for giving me the opportunity and platform to showcase that.

You also made another jump in your three point shooting. You shot 35% your highest since your senior season at Norfolk State. Was it just more reps and shot selection or did you change something up with your mechanics?


I was able to find a routine for me this season that worked and I stuck to it daily. Luckily the results showed themselves when the games came around.

You made a huge jump in being efficient. How do you credit this big jump and how vital was your new coach Falk Moeller in you making another jump as a player this season?


Coach Falk deserves all the credit for doing a great job of putting me in positions to be successful. All I had to do is take advantage of the opportunity. 

What was your season highlight? You had huge games against Duesseldorf and Muenster filling up the stat sheet.


My season highlight was the last game against Itzehoe.

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro B this season?


Chris Hooper

Luka Doncic had an amazing sophomore campaign. Is he a top 3 NBA player now?


I think he’s a great player but I’m not sure if he’s that high yet lol. Time will tell though.

Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence? 

I was actually watching a youth team game when I heard the news. It was very hard for me to deal with, and especially for people who are around my age. He was my favorite player growing up for a lot of different reasons so for him to pass was very tough to deal with.

How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now?


That everything happens for a reason. A lot of things that happen do not make sense but you can’t worry about things that you cannot control. All you can worry about are the things that are in your power.

What was the last movie that you saw?


The Irishman

Thanks Anell for the chat.

Never Losing Confidence In His Shot Helped Skyler Bowlin Have One Of His Best Outside Shooting Seasons

Skyler Bowlin is a 30 year old 190cm guard who completed his ninth professional season and fifth in Germany and second with s.Oliver Wurzburg averaging 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 44.8%, FT: 87.2%. Last season with Wurzburg he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 70.7% in the BBL and in the Fiba Europe Cup averaged 8.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 5.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 72.2%The ex Missouri So (NCAA2) began his professional basketball career with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA) and then played three seasons in Denmark with Horsens IC and a year in Sweden with the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan). He played two seasons in Germany with the Giessen 46ers and with Science City Jena (Germany-BBL) playing 32 games averaging 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.1apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 80.9%. germanhoops.com has interviewed Skyler over the years from his time from Sweden to his BBL days in Giessen and Jena did it again during the Coronavirus crisis. He was interviewed before the s.Oliver Wurzburg announced he wasn’t coming back. 

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber meeting Skyler Bowlin for first time in 2015 after a Fiba Europe Cup game in Frankfurt

Hi Skyler where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?


Hey man, I’m actually still in Germany with my wife and my newborn baby boy. We can’t complain our way. It’s tough not being around family, but we are happy and healthy so all good.

When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?


I definitely didn’t think this virus would be come a global pandemic. It’s definitely a crazy time at the moment

How did you experience the day to day life in Germany during the Corona Virus outbreak? Did you see that corona effect on the culture there or was it not so much different happening in your day to day dealings?


Yes, it definitely affected me and my family. At the hospital I could only be there an hour a day to see my wife and kid so that was rough. And then all of the stores being shut down was a really weird feeling

Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing


I definitely am more aware of how I handle myself. I wash my hands even more and don’t touch door handles if I can help it.

Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?

If they told us to play games without fans then that’s what we would have done. The fans make the game a lot more fun so not playing in front of them would have been a different experience.

What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?


I’ve just been focusing on my family and keeping them happy and healthy

Will it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?


Yes, this is going to be a long offseason. I’ll have to sit down and make a plan on how I want to approach it. Of course all of us basketball players would rather be still in season but this was the hand we are dealt so we have to adjust and continue to get better

The whole world economy is going to be affected including Polish basketball. How worried are you about the future of professional basketball. The next season will have many changes. How are you handling this mentally now not knowing what to expect?


I don’t think anyone knows exactly what will happen so I’m not going to jump to any conclusions. In a month or so hopefully things are a little more under control and we can have an idea on what will happen for next season

How have you experienced the day to day life back home in the States? How has the Coronavirus affected your daily life? How have you been keeping in shape inside your home. Talk about the type of exercises and work out you have been able to perform inside your own 4 walls.


Well we are still in Germany, but I’ve been doing home workouts and running outside a few times a week. It’s not as fun as being able to get in the gym but it will have to do for now.

If you had to name another player besides guys from your team that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be?


One for my old teammates, Brian Fitzpatrick, is stuck in Argentina at the moment because of all of this so I’ve talked to him quite a bit. Also, my former college teammate, Jordan Talbert and I have been in consistent contact since he’s also still here in Germany

The easyCredit BBL recently announced that they want to complete the season with only 10 teams as the other 7 clubs opted not to play. How disappointed are you about not being able to finish the season?


Yeah, it’s definitely disappointing because we thought we had a good chance to get into the playoffs finally

s.Oliver Wurzburg played their best basketball from November to the end of January and then finished the season losing 4 of 5 games. How would you summarize the cut short season from a team standpoint?


We thought we were still in a good position to make that playoff push. We have a pretty experienced team that I think was gearing up for one big playoff push.

In the last games the club was totally up and down on both ends of the court. You said in our last interview in November where the club began to play their best basketball that everyone needed to be on the same page. Why was that so difficult to accomplish as a unit this season?


.I don’t think it was necessarily difficult. We had to make a couple changes which caused us some trouble until we were able to gel. The BBL is a tough league though so you will go through tough stretches at times so I think we were getting ready to get back on track before it all ended.

What positives can the team take form the season? You beat 2 tough teams this season in almost back to back with Bamberg and Crailsheim. Were these the season highlights?


For the club I guess the win at Bamberg was a bit historic. For me personally, it was just a lot of fun to be able to be around this group of guys. We had a great group that got a long real well on and off the court

Let’s talk about your teammates. In our last interview we chatted about your guard teammates Hulls and Wells as well as Fischer and Rudd and this time let’s talk about some others. Forward Junior Etu came in November in the team’s best span of the season and had some good games in that phase. What did you appreciate most about his game and did he tell any stories about his cousin Serge Ibaka?


Nah he didn’t talk much about Ibaka. Junior was great to have on the team. He’s a hard worker and brought some toughness to our team that we needed. He’s an even better person which is the most important thing

As a guard you have seen the development of young German Nils Hassfurter. He played 19 games averaging 8 minutes per game. He has showed in the pro A that he can be a solid guard. What did you see this season that showed he can be a solid BBL player in the future and what does he still need to incorporate into his game to be able to make that next step?


Nils is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around. He never gets tired and always wants to get better. Once he gets his confidence back I think he can have a very solid BBL career.

Another big talent is young German guard Joshua Obiesie who averaged 3,4ppg in 8 minutes per game while playing 19 games. He really came on to the scene in 2018-2019. Did his rise possibly come to quickly? He still seems to be a guy that has been able to mature well at a good rate. What steps did you see him make in this season that will continue to keep him on course of continuing to develop well as a young player?


Joshua is clearly a big talent that is going to continue to get better and better. We had a big guard rotation so minutes were hard to come by, but he is going to be a good player in the league very soon

Let’s talk about your game. You averaged in 21 games: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 44.8%, FT: 87.2%. Would you say that this was your best BBL season better than your Jena season where you played 4 minutes more per game. How content were you with your game?


I was pleased with how my season was going as a whole. There are always things as a player you want to get better at, but I felt confident about how the season was going.

In our last interview you stated last season that you would be working on your jumper and really watching film and working on reads out of the PnR and on your body’. In our last interview last November you said that ‘The work never stops. I’m always trying to improve on everything on a daily basis. Once you stop trying to improve then it’s probably time to stop playing’. What strides did you see your game make in the last months that also continued to help you be successful on the court?


I just think being confident is the biggest thing. As a shooter being confident is important and throughout the season I never lost confidence in my shot

You had another very good season shooting from outside at a 44% clip. Efficiency has been something that has been vital for your success. How much did another season playing with Hulls and Wells with your blind understanding help you be successful with your shooting?

I‘m always trying to be like those guys. Going against them every day isn’t easy and only makes you better. It was a great experience playing with them and competing against them every day.

What is the next step for you? You have played 4 BBL seasons with 3 different teams. I can imagine that you will stay in Germany for another season.


I’m not sure what the next step is. We will see how things progress throughout the summer!

Who was the toughest guy that you faced in the easyCredit BBL this season?


I can’t pick out just one guy, but playing against Berlin this year was tough. They have so many weapons and gel so well together. So then as a whole we’re very tough.

Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence?


Kobe was the ultimate competitor and worker. I think those 2 things influenced me



As a guard how much time have you invested in seeing Luca Doncic play? Is he a top 3 NBA player yet?

I don’t watch a ton of NBA while I’m over here, but what I have seen Doncic is a stud. Top 3 may be a stretch for now but it won’t be too long.

How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now?


March Madness being canceled was tough. I’m not sure there are words you can say to someone who misses out on that opportunity. It’s just a weird time for everyone and we all have to deal with anything during these uncertain times

What was the last movie that you saw?


Can’t remember the last movie, but currently trying to finish ‘Ozark’ on Netflix!

Thanks Skyler for the chat.

Virgil Matthews(Niners Chemnitz) Has The Faith That When He Is Ready TO Coach That He Will Be Good At It

Virgil Matthews is a 36 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that completed his 13th professional season and fifth with the Niners Chemnitz leading them to the easyCredit BBL playing 27 games averaging 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP-2 (73.2%), 3PT-3 (46.2%), FT: 77.1%. Last season he averaged 7,4ppg,39rpg and 6,1apg. Three seasons ago he played with the Nuernberg Falcons BC (Germany-ProA) playing 24 games averaging 8.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 71.4%. Four seasons ago he almost led Chemnitz (Germany-ProA) into the BBL playing 40 games averaging 9.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 86.7% He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games averaging 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for KICKZ Muenchen Basket (Germany-2.Bundesliga) playing 29 games averaging 18.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.2apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 66.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Tacoma Jazz (IBL). In 2008-2009, he returned back to Germany and played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). In 2009-2010, he played for Olympia Reign (IBL) playing 28 games averaging 23.1ppg, 7.2rpg and for Seattle Aviators (NABL).In 2010-2011, he played his first season for Erdgas Ehingen playing 32 games averaging 11.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 71.3%. He would play until 2014 with Ehingen playing 126 games with three seasons in the Pro A and one in the Pro B. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the worldwide coronavirus crisis

Hi Virgil Where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus? 

I’m still in Chemnitz, just waiting things out in Germany hoping people stay safe and we can sometime in the near future get back to something that resembles normalcy. 

When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?

No! I don’t think anyone did. I don’t think most people really believe something like this was possible in the westernized world in this day and age. 

How did you experience the last weeks? Are your loved ones in the States concerned for your well being? 

The last weeks have been such a roller coaster. We won a crazy game, came back had a few practices then it started to look like this would get bad, then we were waiting for something from the league, then being granted the BBL promotion has all been crazy. Then at home you have people scared for you and things are now crazy there too just a roller coaster. I talk to my family everyday since this has been going on, so they aren’t too worried about me. 

How have you experienced the day to day life in Chemnitz during the Corona Virus outbreak? Did you see that corona effect on the culture there or was it not so much different happening in your day to day dealings?

I mean its full shutdown mode now so there’s not so much to do people are still out walking and doing things, but there’s nothing going on you have no entertainment whatsoever outside the house.

Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing?

I’ve never been a huge fan of shaking hands really and I’ve always been cautious of washing and cleanliness before this. So of course there’s more precaution but it’s not too far from what I do regularly. 

Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Pro A. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to playoffs? 

It really sucks and is so bittersweet to not get to finish off the great season we were having. Not having the celebration these fans deserve really sucks. They’ve been through a couple of rough endings to seasons and this was their chance.

Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. Do you see any kind of advantage having games played without spectators?

I think the advantage is actually to the home team because you are used to the surrounding and the gym and I find that playing on the road in gyms with no energy is always tough. 

How tough is it having the season end this way? Would it be easier or more difficult to get motivated to get into the lab each day to keep working on your game or would you try to play in another country that doesn’t have the corona virus?

It would be good to be able to play anywhere as of now looks like the world is shutting down for the virus. 

If somebody had told you two months ago that the Chemnitz season would be over in mid March, but you would have still got the BBL ticket. Could you have come up with any plausible reason why this could have happened not knowing about the coronavirus?

No way! But honestly I think all lower leagues should look into 1st place teams in the regular season to automatically move up. They are usually the most prepared to do so and it adds value to the regular season. So that is one way the season would’ve ended and we still received the promotion so that’s the only way. 

What kind of a feeling do you have being able to move up to the easyCredit BBL without earning it through the playoffs and through the coronavirus? Are there mixed feelings? 

The only mixed feelings I have are for the people of Chemnitz they deserved to celebrate this and we were ready to turn the city upside down. Third time is a charm!

Despite how it all happened, the Niners Chemnitz had a very strong season. How do you sum up the season and how the team performed on the court?

It was a great season. We just clicked everyone got along and bought in we were a unit and everyone had a little edge to them. The guys from previous teams were locked in and focused we were on a mission, and the new guys were right there with us. No matter what people say we deserved to be the team to move up. 

The club lost only 2 games and could have been undefeated had it not lost close games to Trier and Paderborn. 

Yea it was very unfortunate to lose those two games, but both teams came out ready to play all games are challenges especially being a team that is predicted to be high up. Basketball is a game where if you aren’t on your A game every night you can lose. We lost two tough games to two playoff teams, it happens. 

The team was the best offensive team and sixth best defensive team. How much fun was it this season being part of a very lethal offense?

It was fun! Its fun knowing that no one is being selfish and everyone is playing for each other. The ball moves and people move and you just know if you’re open the ball will find you. Everyone can make a shot everyone is working everyday in practice it’s nice to have that trust and it’s fun to play with guys like that, and a coach that puts us in positions to utilize strengths. 

The club had many guys from last season, but also had 5 new players to integrate. How much credit does the success go to head coach Rodrigo Pastore. How has he developed as a head coach since your first tour of duty in Chemnitz? 

A lot of credit should go to Coach. He spends countless hours working on his craft the same way we players do I think it shows on the court when we go out there. We are always prepared and ready to go and he knows how to put people in places to succeed that’s a quality that isn’t always noticed. 

Let’s talk about your teammates. How vital was it for the team to have Chris Carter this season? He came from a tough Pro A season in Vechta. How much did you enjoy him as a teammate and could you soak anything up from his game that helped your game?

Chris was so important to this team. He shot the ball lights out early on in the season that carried us until we all got a rhythm and figured out how we fit together. Every day in practice though is probably where he helped us the most, he’s a team first guy. Every day with good energy and positive attitude. The team needed that. He was a good leader for us. I think that is what I took most from him was his positive mindset and that approach to every day in practice. It’s hard to be motivated at my age for every practice, but when you have him challenging you in the games you have to respond, I think that was a very important thing for us this season.

Please talk about the development of Terrell Harris. You battled him the season before when he was with Rostock. He improved in the Pro A once again with Chemnitz. What strides did you see him make in the Pro A with Chemnitz and is he ready for the easyCredit BBL?

I thought Terrell was Rostock’s best player last season I thought he would fit well with us. It took him a little bit to get into his role with the team but once he found his stride I think it became clear he was our go to guy, and he was the guy we went to when we needed a basket. I think he will definitely be a good BBL player I think people will be surprised for sure.

German Malte Zigenhagen had an amazing season and if he could of hit a few more free throws he could have been a member of the 90-50-40 club. You have seen him the last years in the BBL and was teammates in Chemnitz in 2016-2017. How has he developed and improved in the last 4 seasons? 

Malte is a special shooter. The first time I played with him I was surprised no BBL teams picked him up for that alone. He definitely improved as a defender and decision maker in my years of playing with him. It’s nice to throw to him knowing most likely every time it’s going to be an assist.

If you had to pick a player who was the most improved who would you pick from last season? 

I think Jonas had a crazy season. I think by numbers he would be most improved but anyone who played with us before knows what Jonas can do so it isn’t a real surprise. I think him playing almost always as a 5 man helped him free his mind up and he just had a great season especially in some of the biggest games. 

Let’s talk about your season. You averaged 7,1ppg, 3,4rpg, 4,6apg and 1,1spg. How content were you with your season playing the lowest minutes of your career with 19? 

I think I did fine filling the role I had I don’t really judge how I play by stats, I more so feel the impact I feel I have while I’m on the floor I like to get people involved and want the team to get going when we need it. The minutes are about what I need at this point, I always feel I can play more but I think the role I had worked well for us. 

You had your best three point shooting season as a professional making 46% of your shots. You only attempted 26 shots. Was it just the usual blab la of good shot selection and reps that helped you achieve this or did you change something up on your mechanics? 

We got some shooting machines so I could get more practice in and in a shorter amount of time, and of course shot selection matters. I probably should’ve taken more then who knows where the percentage would’ve been. 

In our last interview you stated ‘I want to just to help any of the players. We have with my knowledge just seeing things may they don’t see and telling them about it. Sometimes it is better coming from a player rather than a coach. Sometimes it is also easier to see things from the sidelines, so that’s what role I’ll try to have’. Did this season give you more faith in possibly get into coaching after your playing career?

I think I have faith that when I’m ready to coach I will be good at it. I’ve been around so many great coaches in my careers from high school to professional I’ve seen so many methods and I’m a constant student of the game. I think my understanding of why coaches do what they do and why players think what they do gives me good insight for when I start my coaching career the approach I will take.

I asked you in the last interview if Carter/Matthews would be the best point guard duo and you said ‘That would be a great situation, coming off the bench hopefully when we do get time we will be the best guard duo. I think his aspirations are to be the best pg in the league so I’m ok being the best bench pg in league too. By finishing first was this a true assessment?

Definitely we are different players that bring different things to the table but I think the combination of the two of us was very hard to prepare for and I think that makes us special. 

You continue to be very consistent. How much of a challenge is this every season? Your turning 37 this summer. Does your consistency give you the confidence and comfort about not retiring yet? Will you come back?

I love playing so I don’t know what’s next for me exactly I would love to play, but you never know what opportunities will be out there for a player like me. I’m always open to all options. Chemnitz has treated me well and I really enjoying working with Coach Pastore, but I guess we will see. 

Last summer you worked on maximizing your body and improving your shot. Both those things worked this season. Would there be anything different you may work on this summer?

The same things they are the most important for me being able to move and shoot. Maybe I will add a bit of strengthening to the program too just to be ready for whatever comes next.

How tough is it having the season end this way? Would it be easier or more difficult to get motivated to get into the lab each day to keep working on your game . How important will individual work be now during the corona virus time?

It sucks to end the season this way. I think I’m motivated either way. I think not having the celebration is definitely something in my favor because now I never have the time to really get all the way out of shape. Individual work will be so important. I always have been a person who never really gets fully out of shape in the offseason, so it’s not much difference for me. 

Who was the toughest player that you faced in the 2019-2020 Pro A season?

Lofton from Rostock could really score it. Nixon from Heidelberg also could play. 

How much do you feel for those NCAA guys who might have reached March Madness as a senior for the only time and now can’t play. What advice would you give that player who missed March Madness because of the CoronaVirus?

I know that feeling and it’s a great one I couldn’t imagine being so close and having it taken away that way. I just hope all those guys enjoyed the journey you’ll never experience a year like your last year in college.

I feel Luka Doncic is a top 3 NBA player. Am I a bit blinded or is that a proper assessment after his second professional season?

Luka is a beast! Top 3 is tough you got AD, Harden, Lebron, Kawhi, Giannis, Steph and KD, but he is definitely right up there. 

Atlanta Hawk guard Trae Young made huge strides in his second season. How much better can he get now and is he a top NBA point guard now?

I’m surprised as how good he has become I wasn’t sure it would happen for him like that. He is now to the place where the stats have to translate to wins. I think that is the next level for him.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I saw Bloodshot with Vin Diesel before they closed down the theaters.

Thanks Virgil for the chat.

Archie Goodwin(ratiopharm Ulm) Per Guenther Is One Of The Best Teammates I Have Ever Had

Archie Goodwin is a 25 year old 196cm guard from Arkansas that finished his 6th professional season and first in Germany with ratiopharm Ulm after having started the season in Turkey with Sigortam.net ITU Basket Istanbul (Turkey-TBL). He played a year at Kentucky (NCAA) and then got drafted by the Oklahoma Thunder in the first round at #29. He played in the NBA from 2013-2017 playing a total of 165 games for the Phoenix Suns, New Orleans pelicans and Brooklyn Nets. His best season was his last one with Phoenix where he played 57 games averaging 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 67.4%. He also played briefly in China. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the season ending BBL tournament in Munich.

Archie Goodwin, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe , Devin Booker

Archie thanks for talking with germanhoops.com. What kind of experience has it been for you playing the BBL tournament? Has the whole atmosphere in the hotel living with other players remind you of your days at Kentucky?


It seems like that a little bit. It reminds me most of summer basketball back during AAU. I have been enjoying the tournament. 

Having you had any talks with ex NBA player Jordan Crawford a guy you battled against in the NBA on enough occasions. Is he a guy you feel you could get closer to in Munich?

I saw Jordan for the first time today and shook his hand. He is a great player. I don’t know if I could develop a close relationship with him here in the short amount of time. But he is definitely a cool dude. I’m here more to do my thing and win games.

Before we get back to the BBL tournament talk a little about how you experienced COVID-19 the last months? Did you remain in Germany or head back to the States?


I went back home. I stayed in Germany 1-2 weeks after the season was canceled. But then after having discussions with the Ulm staff and my family, I decided it would be best to go home. It was a good time to go home and spend time with my family. I also worked out on a regular basis. I’m from Arkansas and the restrictions weren’t that bad there. Arkansas isn’t so big and only certain parts had curfews. I got around and could do what I wanted.

There has been so much suffering, disappointment and sadness all over the world. On top of that so much drama going on in the States with politics and the senseless George Floyd murder. What have you learned during these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?


I don’t think that there has anything that made me stronger, but more that I have become more aware that the world has become aware of the race problem. I like that all kinds of races feel strongly about the topic. People understand that it isn’t only a black problem, but a world problem. I think that with so many protests in the world, the race topic has been put more on display. The other day when we were driving to the arena, I saw ‘Black lives matter’ spray painted on a wall. That impressed me. This shows that the whole issue has been an eye opener not only at home, but in the world. The senseless murder of George Floyd could have prevented. I hope that in the future that more people will step up especially law enforcement people to have the courage and speak up. 

Ratiopharm Ulm are playing great basketball in Munich and have a perfect 3-0 record. Has there slowly been loose banter about the chances of the club winning it all or are you guys going game by game?


We are taking it game by game. At the moment we are playing very well together. The two new players Dylan and Thomas and everyone else have meshed together well. We have to continue to stay in the moment and play together. Important for our success has been that nobody has relied on one player, but everyone is doing what they are good at. We are clicking now. 

What is so special about the Ulm team? It sems like despite the deep rotation every team knows it’s role and everyone is contributing. Can you elaborate a bit more on that.


We all have different duties on offense and defense, but everyone is combining what they do well and it’s been working for us. Our formula is to play hard and be focused in each game. 

How cool has it been having an ex Kentucky Wild Cat on the team with Derek Willis who was a freshman the year you were a rookie in the NBA. Have you had any discussions about the Kentucky days or have you been fully concentrated on the tournament?


We have talked sometimes about Kentucky, but the past is the past and we are locked in the moment. Derek is a great guy. I have gotten to know him well in my time here. He is a great teammate. I enjoy playing with him. 

What kind of experience has it been being teammates with Ulm lifer and BBL in the making legend Per Guenther? His statement about paying the first 10,000 Euro for player protests must have impressed you, but what about his ability to put his ego to the side and accept his more limited role something he has done for years now?


Per is one of the best teammates that I have ever played with. I respect that he is selfless and his great leadership skills. He is a great vocal leader, hard worker and has team first. You don’t see many guys like that. He is a genuine dude and great person. My teammates have really appreciated his gesture about the 10,000 Euro. 

That attitude of Per Guenther is something that you also have. You came to Ulm and never let out that NBA player and have accepted every other player, playing your role and not displaying an ego that will get on the nerves of all. Who has been most responsible for shaping your character?


I think it goes back to my parents, step dad and uncle. These 4 people did a great job raising me. They taught me to stay humble and respect others. I also have learned that I’m blessed to be able to play the game and remember that none of this would have been possible without God. I also have learned that you can never be too high or too low. Everything can be gone at the snap of the finger. I just try to be the best teammate possible and help the team win no matter what my role is.

You began the season with Sigortam.net ITU Basket Istanbul (Turkey-TBL) playing 17 games averaging averaging 17.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 36.6%, FT: 64.2%. What was your wake up call to being in Turkey where you knew that you were very far away from home?


Being away from my son. It was so tough going to Turkey. It all happened so fast that I couldn’t get him a passport. That really hit home for me. I had been used to be away from home since high school, but this was different. At the end of the day I have to play to give my family a better life. 

Two seasons ago you played briefly with Zhejiang Chouzhou (China-CBA). What kind of experience was that for you. Do you feel like if you had another chance to play there, you could average 30,0ppg with the scoring talent that you possess?


China wasn’t the best situation for me. I wasn’t patient during the process. I put myself in a bad situation, because I listened to the wrong people. They put me in a bad situation and no matter what I would have done, I wouldn’t have succeeded. I feel that If I were to get another chance and be put in a good situation that I could average 30 points per game.

You then finished the season with the Maine Red Claws (NBA G League) averaging 17.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 63.6%. It was your second season away from the NBA. How much of a topic and focus is the NBA today after 3 years away?


My goal has always been to get back to the NBA. This season I felt that my best option to get back to the NBA was to come to Europe. I’m not big on social media, but the people close to me know that I always want to get back to the NBA. I have learned that I can’t be a slave and take a bad deal or miss out on better money in another country. The G-league is closer to the NBA, but that doesn’t mean that it is the best opportunity to get back to the NBA. I wanted to take a step away and explore Europe and see what presents itself. 

Is a guy like your ex teammate PJ Tucker a sort of role model for you? A guy who began in the NBA, went to Europe and returned back to the NBA and never left again.


To be honest I have thought about PJ’s story a lot in the last year. I knew that he had been in Europe before he came back to the NBA. He was in his second year with Phoenix when I was a rookie. I use his story as a motivation for me. I saw the hard work that he put in every day. I could see myself fulfilling a defensive role the way he did. I could see myself getting back to the NBA being that energetic player that can defend many positions and be that spark plug. 

In the 2017-2018 season you began with the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) and then played with the Greensboro Swarm (NBA G League) averaging 17.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.8%, and also played with the Northern Arizona Suns (NBA G League) averaging 19.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 68.7%. Did you ever feel like you were close to an NBA call up that season?


I felt that I had deserved an NBA call up that season. I remember an article coming out at that time that said that I had the highest field goal % in the paint in the last 20 years. I had my first real wake up call seeing that just because you play good doesn’t mean that you will get a call up. It is true that many guys put up big numbers in the G-League, but also taking many shots. I proved that season that I could put up big numbers efficiently. I feel being efficient and selfless can translate to any NBA team. 

After 3 years in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, you played the 2016-2017 season in the G-League and NBA with the Pelicans and Nets. How tough was this season bouncing around? Did you have different expectations after leaving the Suns?


That was a tough season for me. I was 21 years old and young. I never expected a season like that especially after improving every year with the Suns. I learned a lot about myself that season and also matured. I kept quiet that season and didn’t talk much about it. I got rewarded at the end getting the Brooklyn call up. That was huge for me. I had a great time with the Nets. Since then God hasn’t had the NBA in my plans. I will continue to work hard to get back to the NBA. I know that I’m a NBA player. 

How cool was it being teammates with Randy Foye at Brooklyn at the end of his career? What did it mean being teammates with him?


Randy was a hilarious guy. He was a great vet. He was a guy that when he talked everyone listened. Everyone felt his presence and he knew about the ins and outs on the court and about the business side. He was a great leader and a guy you could always ask questions. We didn’t really have many 1-1 talks. He is a family guy and spent most time with his family. In the locker room he would give the young guys tips about the NBA. He was a great vocal leader. 

You played 3 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. You played with some great guys like Emeka Okafor or Channing Frye. How do you remember this time and what were your fondest moments?


Emeka was signed, but never played. Channing Frye was a lot like Randy Foye in that he had also been around for a long time in the league. He knew so much and never hesitated to give advice. I never felt like I couldn’t ask him a question. He talked a lot. I remember him giving me advice on the bench. When I was frustrated coming out of the game, he always kept my head up telling me not to worry and stay focused and telling me I was doing good things. 

Your most productive season was in 2015-2016 where you averaged 8,9ppg with the Suns. In that season Devin Booker was a rookie. Do you feel like your Suns career may have continued after that had a Booker not come?


No my leaving after 3 years had nothing to do with him. When he came on board there was a phase where I started like 10-12 games and was productive. I played the 1 and Devin played the 2. I felt that if we could of remained playing together that the organization would have moved forward more. Me as a slasher that can get to the rim and he a pure scorer, we really complimented each other. In todays game, you need a PG who can score. I’m a big guard that can defend. I wish that the organization would have given us more time. We weren’t winning right away, but we lost a few close games while we were meshing well together. We weren’t winning then, because we were so young. I remember Devin telling me that it had been a fun stretch playing with me. 

You didn’t play against Kobe Bryant in his farewell season, but played against him in the 2014-2015 season scoring 10 points in a 119-99 Suns win while he poured in 31 points. Is this one of those games that you will always remember?


I would of remembered that game anyway. Kobe and MJ were my big idol’s growing up. I am very happy that I had had the opportunity to have some conversations with him. The first time I talked to him, I told him how much he touched my life even though he didn’t know me. I really appreciated his greatness. I remember the 2008-2009 season. I would come home and watch each of his games that were on ESPN or TNT. I didn’t miss a game. I really respected his dedication to the game, attention to detail and passion. This is something that I idolized. I just had to tell him.

What was the best example for you during your NBA days that the league was a business first where money is always above a player’s feelings ?


The guys that get paid the most are going to play the most. That is the business side. I think that there are better players in the league that get paid less and play less. There isn’t anything that you can do about it. You just have to remain positive and keep working hard. You can only control how hard you work, being a good teammate and having a good attitude. The NBA is all about timing and the perfect situation that has given many guys the perfect career. 

You played one season at Kentucky (NCAA). What kind of experience was it gaining NCAA experience for such a great school?


I was a great opportunity. Our season was derailed by injuries though. A blow was losing Nerlens Noel. We had our ups and downs. I learned a lot about myself and the game. It took a lot of courage to go to the NBA after my freshman year. I got a lot of backlash from the Kentucky fans. I bet on myself and was drafted in the first round. I did what I could and had my name called by David Stern (R.I.P). I had great teammates and a great coaching staff at Kentucky. I have no complaints. 

Was the Robert Morris NCAA tournament loss one of the toughest in your career that you had to digest?


When we found out we were going to the NIT instead of the NCAA tournament our hearts dropped. It was crazy that we didn’t make the tournament considering there were schools that got in and had a worse record than us. Going in to the NIT we were mentally out of it. It was a tough loss to Robert Morris. I have to give them credit for playing a good game. 

How did head coach John Calipari groom and prepare you best for a professional career at Kentucky?

He was very tough on me and helped me a lot. Once your in the NBA, it’s all about doing the little things. You have to be coachable and get it in the first try. If not you get replaced by the next guy. When your young, you make more mistakes. So you have to limit your mistakes, because a 10 year veteran won’t make those mistakes. He also taught me to be able to play with my teammates. 

Who was the toughest player you battled against Kentucky that made the NBA?


Jordan McRae. He was a very tough player that was a natural scorer. 

Please list your 5 best teammates of all-time?


Locker room: Per Guenther, Tyson Chandler, Damian Lillard, Eric Bledsoe, PJ Tucker and Jared Dudley
Skill wise: Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, TJ Warren (cold blooded, not enough recognition)

Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore. Which 4 heads would you pick past or present?


Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James

What was the last movie that you saw?

I don’t really watch many movies. I try to spend as much time with my family.

Thanks Archie for the chat.

What Intrigued Japhet Mcneil The Most About Kobe Bryant Was That He Never Stopped Wanting The Ball

Japhet Mcneil is a 35 year old 183 cm guard from Brooklyn, New York that has been a professional player since 2008. He played at East Carolina from 2003 -2006. He then transferred to Bridgeport (NCAA2) for his senior year in 2006-2007. At Bridgeport, he played 31 games averaging 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.9apg, 4.0spg, FT: 67.3%, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 34.6%. In 2008-2009, he played his rookie season in Germany in the PRO A for USC Heidelberg playing 30 games and averaging 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.9apg), Steals-1 (3.5spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 63.3%. In 2009-2010, he played in Finland for Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 5 games: 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 3.4spg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 50.0%. In 2010-2011 he played for BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProA) playing 3 games averaging 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg. In 2011-2012 he got experience playing for the Connecticut TopBallerz (ABA). In 2012-2013, he played for the BSW Sixers (Germany-ProB) playing 14 games averaging 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.5spg. He then played two seasons with the Schieren Black Frogs (Luxembourg-N2) and a season with DJK Nieder-Olm (Germany-Oberliga). He also played two seasons with FC Kaiserslautern (Germany-Regionalliga). He spoke to germanhoops.com about his memories of Kobe Bryant.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Japhet Mcneil in the Fraport arena in 2020

Where were you and how did you find about the death of Kobe Bryant? 


When I first received the news that Kobe Bryant had passed. I was at home because it was a Sunday. And Sunday is usually a family day. So I had received a call from one of my close friends who follows sports heavily. And at first, I thought he was joking because everyone knows Kobe was my favorite player. So, I automatically got mad and told him don’t wish death on him like that. Then his voice became low and it cracked and he said ‘He is dead it’s not a joke.’ I then rushed to my computer to Google if it was true. 

When I heard about it, I thought it was a hoax. What were your first thoughts when you heard about it? 


The first thought that ran through my head? I thought there is no way. Simply because when you think of your favorite sports player you never really think that they will die. In a childish way you think they are invincible but realistically you know they aren’t. I thought everyone on social media was pushing false information. 

How much of your day the day after did you take informing yourself about his death and watching videos? 

That day and the day after I spent the majority of my time looking back at the old Kobe videos and tributes and listening to former players and their stories. I also spent hours just listening to the news trying to figure out if his daughter was involved in the crash and I was praying that none of his daughters where involved. But later found out sadly Gianna was involved.

How did your love for Kobe Bryant develop over time as you were growing up? How do you remember following his career?

When I first knew about Kobe Bryant, he was drafted the same year my little brother was born. When I first saw him play he was a bit mediocre in fact. I vividly remember his first air ball he shot. But something had intrigued me at that time. He never stopped wanting the ball. To the contrary it seems like he wanted the ball more. Like a little eager kid to get back up after falling off their bike. My love for Kobe Bryant grew more and more as I started to age in basketball years. Hearing the stories of how much work he had put in to get where he was at. And then realizing what it was to play at a specific age and get up early in the morning to then go back at it later that night. It was astonishing trying to make a connection and figure out what made him get up every morning. Then after a while it became an infatuation with Kobe. It became what would Kobe do? I remember his career vividly; those Christmas games was the things that I loved the most getting up to some Christmas songs, and then at 3pm Kobe was playing and that was a must watch at all times. At the same time seeing Kobe hit these amazing shots back to back and being the person that would go on an 8-game run of 50+ points was ridiculous. 

Kobe Bryant was for so many the greatest ever. What did you appreciate most about his game? Was he a guy that you pretended to be on the playgrounds? 

Kobe Bryant’s work ethic for me was the most jaw dropping thing for me. Hearing the work that he puts in everyday was crazy. And to me he was the best ever. How he transformed his game from the slasher and mid-range guy to the guy that can just get it done. He became the total package. Not only where people just watching Kobe, we were mimicking his every move. On the playgrounds we were his embodiment if you ask me. Whether you were a guard or a big man you were putting your back to your defender trying to post him up and hit a fadeaway from deep for game. And at the same time, you were yelling Kobe while you shot that shot. 

Kobe Bryant had so many amazing games like his 81 points and countless other games where it was lights out as well as winning 5 titles. What is your fondest memory of him of what he did on the court? 


My greatest moment of Kobe was his very last game. You never saw anyone have an outgoing game like that. They had nothing to fight for but they had to beat the Jazz because the jazz had a chance of being in the playoffs if I’m not mistaken, they needed to win and the rockets needed to lose. But it was Kobe Bryant’s last game. The crazy part about the whole thing as well was the 2016 Warriors where going for the League record in most wins in an NBA season. And everyone was tuned into Kobe’s last game ever. When I was watching the game, I couldn’t help but think that he still looks like he can go for another season. And I wouldn’t have minded if he came out and said one more year. However, it was his last time and he dropped 60 in a Kobe type of fashion. He had hit three clutch shots to close them out and I sat there and thought he is the best to ever do it and I’m glad I am alive to see this. 

The outpouring of sadness was incredible. Guys were crying and leaving heart felt messages on Social Media. How long do you think it will take until the basketball world comes to terms with this tragedy? 

Honestly, I don’t think the basketball world would come to terms with it. Simply because his legacy will live on. It’s not just my generation that thought he was the greatest of all time. My little brother (Age 22) is younger than me by 13 years. And he thinks Kobe is the best player to lace up. So, his generation and my generation will never live him down. I also see my youngest brother who is 12 have Kobe as his wallpaper on his phone. I’m not really too sure how much of a prominent figure Kobe is in his generation. But to see a 12-year-old with Kobe Bryant as his wallpaper speaks volumes. 

When you look back in 20 years on the career of Kobe Bryant how will you remember his legacy best?

I think telling my family about how great this man was would be telling. I also think I will be looking at the YouTube videos that people have created. And watch countdown of the top 10 Kobe best plays or his best moments on the court. 

One of my last questions in my standard interviews is what is your opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James. Often players remind me that I left out Kobe Bryant.I have been thinking about this a lot . How worthy is a Kobe Bryant to be seen as the greatest of all-time? 

Kobe one hundred percent deserves to be in the conversation of greatest of all time. All facets of Kobe’s game is literally what anyone wants to be as a player. He had the game to back up all trash talk. He had the audacity and the heart to take every shot that came his way. And he was a leader in his own way. And not only was he great on the court he was great off the court; he became a great ambassador to the game not only for the men but for the women’s aspect as well. 

My last question isn’t what is the last movie you saw, but what video of Kobe Bryant will you take a look again when you have some time to look back at his great career? 


The video I will look back at was the interview or the documentary between him and Shaq. They both had great insights into the game. While also showing how important personality is in this great game. While also showing how being friends int his game is important. 

Thanks Japhet for the chat.

The Miles 2020 BBL Munich Tournament Diary With Jaleen Smith(MHP Riesen) Vol 7

Jaleen Smith is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Freeport, Texas that is playing his third professional season and first with the MHP Riesen. Last season he played with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) averaging 12,7ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,7apg. In his rookie season with Heidelberg he averaged 7,6ppg, 2,8rpg and 2,9apg. He had a stellar four year career with New Hampshire (NCAA) from 2013-2017 where he played a total of 120 NCAA games. He improved his scoring, rebounding and assists average each season and as a senior he played 32 games averaging 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 78.1%. He is conducting a special diary from the BBL tournament in Munich with eurobasket.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jaleen Smith in the Fraport arena in 2020

A tough final series loss to Alba Berlin. How tough was the high first game loss mentaly for the team? How did head coach John Patrick motivate you best for the second game? 


Yeah the first game weighed on me mentally just to think we were down 20 to start the second game. We just went out played loose and just played really hard the second game. 

How present will be the ‘what if’ questions this summer concerning Marcos Knight if he hadn’t been injured? How tough is never knowing just how good the MHP Riesen would have been against Alba Berlin had Marcos Knight been on board. 


They’ll be there for sure but we can’t really be worried about the ‘what if’ just what we could’ve done to do better in the first game. We would’ve been better as a team with him playing with us. 

The team had nothing to lose in the second game and played a lot better. What do you feel did the club learn about themselves having to play without Marcos Knight? 


The reality was we didn’t have him for the series as soon as we knew that we knew we had to play a lot better. 

How proud are you of the team bringing Alba Berlin to the wire despite losing 75-74? Do you feel like the team did everything right at the end with the Thomas Wimbush shot? 


I’m glad we fought the second game of the series. We really wanted to play hard this game. We could’ve given up and just play everyone equal minutes but we fought hard. If I could go back in time, I would do it over again. Thats Wimbush shot and I could let him shot it every time. 

The team saved the best for last allowing only 8 points in the fourth quarter and getting big plays from everyone like little used Christian Von Fintel block and from Johannes Patrick. Is this the way how you wanted to end the season?


We finished it off with what we know best and that’s with our defense. We played great the second game of the series. 

You had your best game of the Munich Series with 15 points, 4 boards, 6 assists and 5 steals. You opened up the fourth quarter with 7 points in a row. How do you feel did you grow as a player in the last 3 weeks?


I have grown a lot just playing point guard and watching a lot of film on my opponent on my own. From this tournament I’m going to take the mental part of the game a lot more serious. 

What was your fondest memory of the Munich tournament on and off the court where you know that you will still remember in 10 years? 


Our BBQs at the hotel will be the best and our series against Munich will probably be the best on the court. You were able to make the jump from the Pro A to the easyCredit BBL without a problem-.

How is Jaleen Smith a better player in June 2020 than he was in September 2019? 


I have learned a lot during the year Learning more defensively, playing a lot off the ball, etc. My mentality for the game has helped me a lot also. 

What is the next step for you? You were part of a very special group of guys in Ludwigsburg. Could you imagine staying for another season or are you ready for a challenge elsewhere? 

I just have to wait and see what happens these next couple of weeks to see the next thing. I can’t say at the moment what’s next for me. 

On what things are you looking forward most when you return home that you hope to do now that you couldn’t do during the lock down? 


Just to spend time with my family and friends that’s really it.

What will be the first eatery that you will set foot in when you return home?


As soon as I got back to the states I had chick-fi-a.

Thanks Jaleen for the chat

Gordon Herbert Leaves NBA Door Open But Couldn´t Pass Up The Saratov/Canada Gig

Gordon Herbert has been a head coach since the 90’s and had his longest tenure with the Fraport Skyliners where he coached for parts of 11 seasons winning the 2004 BBL title and 2016 Fiba Europe Cup. He began his coaching career with UU Korihait (Finland) and then coached 3 seasons with Tapiolan Honka (Finland). After that his next organizations were Oberwart (Austria), DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany), Frankfurt Opel Skyliners (Germany) where he had his first tour of duty, Paris Basket Racing (France-ProA), Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA), and Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). In the 2008-2009 season he was ana ssistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. He then spent the next 8 of 9 seasons with the Fraport Skyliners and in between was also a season with Alba Berlin. He spent the last 2 seasons coaching the Canadian national team and last season was with the Brooklyn Nets. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his next challenge with Avtodor Saratov. 

Where are you at the moment and how has the development of the COVID-19 crisis been in Finland since we last spoke


I’m still in Finland. Everything is under control in Finland. The government did a good job here. We can do a lot more. It is more like normal life now.

Congrats on signing with Russian team Avtodor Saratov. How vivid as a coach are your memories of the exciting 2 games you had with the Fraport Skyliners in the 2014-2015 Eurochallenge season?


I remember the game in Saratov vividly which we won in double OT. That was a crazy week. It was our third OT game in a row. We won in Holland, in Oldenburg and then in Saratov. We did that in 6 days time. It was a pretty neat experience. Saratov had a real good team then.

Does a player like Courtney Fortson stay more in your mind because of his hair or his play? He has become a star in China.


He was an extremely talented player. He was one of the best players if not the best in the Eurochallenge that season. They had a real good team with the big Ukrainian player Fesenko. 

Did it surprise you that a big talent like Courtney Fortson never returned back to the NBA, but made a name for himself in China?


Some guys would rather play in Europe or China instead of being the third point guard or 11th or 12th man on a NBA roster. When you get older you get more inclined to stay overseas.

I was under the impression that you number 1 goal was the NBA. You would only return to Europe if the deal was really very good. Was that the case with Avtioor Saratov?


My number #1 goal is still the NBA, but there was just too many uncertain things going on with the virus and then the Saratov offer came a long. I really wasn’t planning on Europe. The main reason for taking the job is because I’m able to continue with the Canadian national team. I also had to take into consideration that with the new NBA season starting so late, it might not have been possible to do the Canada job. I really liked the idea of being able to coach in the VTB. It is the second best league in Europe after the ACB league: It is a real challenge for me. 

Did something change in your approach to getting to the next step to the NBA? Is age a factor? Could it be your 10 years to old? A guy like Chris Fleming went over in his mid 40’s and now seems on a good way to get a head coaching job?

Not really. The Saratov job was really intriguing to me. They have a real good vision and are building a good roster. I had to wait around a bit before taking the job, because I had to take some time to figure out the NBA situation. Of course at my age it would be tough to move up in the NBA. The NBA has gotten a lot younger. I really went back and forth between staying in the NBA or taking the Saratov job. I was in the NBA once before when I was 49, I was an assistant with the Raptors.

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Is the NBA now pretty much a closed story? Do you feel like you might still slip in somewhere? The NBA is all about being in the right place at the right time?

The NBA isn’t a closed story yet. I’m really appreciative to Canada for supporting me. Taking the Saratov job and coaching Canada was the best option for me. We will just have to see what happens in the future with the NBA.

Is it true you had an offer on the table with the Hamburg Towers? Was that a challenge you didn’t want?


No I had no offer from them. I never talked to them. I made it clear to all teams that I also want to coach Canada. Many teams didn’t want that and the conversations were very short. I have an obligation to Canada and want to coach there.

Avtodor Saratov play in the competitive VTB league. The VTB is a very strong league, but the travel is supposed to be very strenuous. You told me in our last interview that your feeling great, but still the travel is tough.


My health is very good now. I haven’t felt this good in a long time. Working with Nick Nurse and Kenny Atkinson was really very good for me. Both of them like the idea of me doing this. The travel won’t be a problem. I’m feeling great.

With what kind of feelings are you going into this job? You have been with one club the Fraport Skyliners for almost a decade now. How do you want to develop further as a coach?

Being able to work with Nick Nurse and Kenny Atkinson gave me a different outlook on many different things. It was a great experience working with both. I have my philosophy and I will see then what players we have and adjust my philosophy. I want my team to be a real good defensive team, but play good up tempo team basketball


How excited are you about coaching in the very competitive VTB league? What are you most looking forward to?



Having the chance to coach against top teams like Khimky, CSKA and Unics is great. Nobody really knows how COVID-19 will affect things in the future. We are all in unchartered waters, but we get wiser each week. The VTB interests me a lot. 

Will it be weird coaching ex Georgetown great Markel Starkes who was cut early in the 2016-2017 season when you were with Frankfurt?

Markel actually reached out to me on text before I did. That was very nice. I actually wasn’t in Frankfurt when he was there. I never coached him. I was gone the first 4 months of the 16-17 season, because of my back surgery. I met him once. He is a great kid. He played last season with Saratov and the organization really likes him. I’m looking forward to coaching him. I have heard nothing but good things about him. Sometimes players go through adversary and we all go through it. It’s all about how you react to adversary. 

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How happy are you with how roster is shaping up? You have worked with many great point guards in the Frankfurt organization and now have Nate Mason who made a big jump in the G-league the last 2 years. Did you have him on the radar and is this gig just a stop for the NBA?


They have signed players before I was signed. I have heard good things about him. I have not had a chance to talk to him yet or anybody else yet. He had some good G-League seasons and recently played in Israel. Some players make a smooth transition in their first season overseas while others don’t. He plays a tough position. I will help him make the adjustment. 

Will your son Daniel accompany you to Saratov?

Yes he is signed as an assistant. He has grown as a coach and took another step last year with Frankfurt

How proud are you of your ex team Alba Berlin for winning the double? Did you send Marco Baldi a congratulatory message?


No I didn’t send him a congratulatory message. I didn’t watch the final. They play great basketball. I love watching them play. They play unselfish basketball the right way. A big compliment to coach Aito. It is impressive to watch them. He made a big change in the organization letting the players play his game.

The Fraport Skyliners reached the playoffs getting beat badly by ratiopharm Ulm. They declined to play Eurocup. Do you see the club going through some growing pains this season?


I have no idea. There will be many clubs with different situations having a tough time. Nobody knows if the season will start with fans or not. It could be a tough season for many teams. 

How proud are you of your ex player Shavon Shields? You discovered him and he just won the ACB title with Basconia and will play his third Euroleague season and first with Milan. Is he a guy who could like many other Americans in the last years reach the NBA sometimes after paying his dues in Europe?


Shavon is a tremendous human being. A great kid. It is so nice to see a kid like him succeed. He is a great professional on and off the court. I have no idea if he is thinking NBA now. Maybe he wants to get to the top of Europe. More power to him. He has done many good things since Frankfurt. He is a good teammate and has a great basketball IQ which coaches respect. 

Will you be following the NBA season in Orlando? With so much having happened could we see a surprise NBA champion?


It is hard to say. Nobody really knows what will happen until they begin to play. It will be interesting to see what happens. I’m sure that the NBA will take the needed safety and health steps to make it a successful season.

Thanks Gordie for the chat.

Shavar Newkirk Has Used The Corona Time To Work On Skills He Didn´t Have To Become A Better Person

Shavar Newkirk is a 23 year old 183cm guard from the Bronx, New York that played his second season in Germany with FC Schalke 04 (Germany-ProA) averaging : 13.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 78.2%. Last season as a rookie with FC Schalke he averaged 15,4ppg, 4,2rpg, 2,8apg and 1,5spg. He began his basketball career at Cardinal Heyes HS /Bronx, NY. In 2014 he began his NCAA career with St.Joseph’s (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg. In his sophomore season with St.Joseph’s (NCAA) he played 37 games averaging 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 73.8%. In his junior season at St.Joseph’s (NCAA) he played 12 games averaging 20.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 84.7%. In his senior year with St.Joseph’s (NCAA) he played 32 games averaging 17.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 76.4%.He spoke to germanhoops.com during the Coronavirus crisis.

Hi Shavar where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?


Hello, how are you ? Currently I’m back at home at The Big Apple. My family and I are well, we are just tring to take precautions in this crisis. I am in good spirits , even though we are in the epidemic of the Corona Virus, it feels good to be with family again.

When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?


When I first heard about the Corona Virus, I didn’t think it would be this drastic . Maybe if I took it more serious , others would have too and it probably wouldn’t have spread as much. 

Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing


I’m already a clean person , so it’s in my characteristics to always keep hand sanitizer and wipes at all times. I was taught to always wash my hands and face each time I enter the house from outside . So by staying the same, I continued to protect myself from being in line or fire with germs. 

Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Pro A. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season?


I am very disappointed ,the team and I had goals to finish the season strong . With the type of players we had, there was no reason for us to be at the bottom of the league. At least we were able to finish the season with a win. It felt good to end on a high note. 

Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?


The fans is what makes the sporting event so special. You get to interact and build a bond with them as time eclipse. I do not like the fact of playing a game without fans. 

What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?


I learned that during these tough times , you learn your strength and weaknesses. You become very critical about yourself . I learned that it was some skills I was missing and that this was the perfect time to work on me becoming a better person. 

Will it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?

No it shouldn’t be a big adjustment starting earlier with workouts. As a professional , there is a must to continue working on your craft. The only disadvantages that I see , if your a hard worker like me, you can burn yourself out because the seasons are long . So you just have to work hard, but smart.

The whole world economy is going to be affected including German basketball. How worried are you about the future of professional basketball. The next season will have many changes. How are you handling this mentally now not knowing what to expect?


I’m just going to handle it accordingly. That’s why they say save your money because you do not know when a crisis is going to happen. Whatever happens I’m a be ready for it . 

If you had to name another player besides guys from the Panthers that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be?


It would be Tony Hicks and Terrell Harris. They are cool and we keep in contact here and there.

How has the day to day life been now in the States with the outbreak of the Coronavirus? Have you noticed any differences and are there any differences between the Americans and German people on how they are coping and handling themselves?


Well I’m from the city that never sleeps. It was weird seeing the emptiness of the streets of New York. That’s what we have to do in order to get over the virus. It was no difference between America and Germany. All the stores are closed , only grocery stores are open. 

How has your approach to family changed since the outbreak of Corona? What things have you seen yourself do that you may not have done before?


I’m big on family , I missed them a lot while I was away. It feels good to be back and continue to be around the love.

Let’s talk about the season with FC Schalke. It was your second season with the club. Last season you helped lead the team to a 14th place and this season to a 16th place. Because of the season ending abruptly and it not being able to be completed there will be no teams going to Pro B which might have been the fate. How do you summarize this season with how the season ended? I believe you lost many crunch-time games that really hurt.

The season was long . My organization made changes during the season that everyone had to get adjusted to on the fly. It’s a sigh of relief, the organization do not have to go down a league . That would have looked bad on the players. I believe it was a blessing in disguise.

Talent wise was there much difference between the two teams in the last two seasons? How disappointed are you with the season and do you put some blameon yourself as point guard?

It was a difference in the talent level. The guys this year was able to create on their own and for others. We didn’t have to rely on just CB or myself to make plays. With that being said, I am disappointed on how the season turned out for us. I do put the blame on myself and I learned that I have to go above and beyond if I want to be a better leader. 

The team scored 77 points and allowed 82 points per game. The club allowed 80 points or more 17 times. It was strange at times, because the team knew how to defend once allowing Artland to only 46 points and early in the season in December had 5 games in a row allowing under 80 points. Was the consistent effort missing?


The consistent effort was missing, we struggled with attention to detail. That’s what we needed every single game due to the fact we were playing different teams. We know teams have game plans and adjust of the fly. We just didn’t pay attention when teams adjusted.

Let’s talk about your teammates. How much fun was it playing with new guard Tucker Haymond. He had to pay his dues in the Pro B last season which led to the scoring crown and came on board late and demonstrated in 5 games that he can be a very good Pro A player. Do you feel like the club would have had a different season had he been on board from the start?


Yes we would have had a different season if he was here from the jump. Iron sharpers iron and that would have been another talented player to practice against everyday. We could of learned each other’s tendencies faster and it would have been a different outcome for us: 

What did you learn to appreciate the most about German big man Adam Touray? He had his third excellent Pro A year in a row. Do you see him being a bit off the BBL radar and how did he make another step as a player? 


It’s great having Adam Touray as a friend and a teammate. Adam was consistent all year and that’s what I loved about him. I knew he was going to have my back protecting the rim when a guard went past me. Almost every rebound was his and he ran the floor very well. Adam also improved to hitting his jumper from 17 ft. That was the big step Adam needed to take.

It was your second season playing with Courtney Belger. In our last interview you stated this about him. ‘Courtney Belger was a great teammate and is a remarkable man. He taught me so much off the court while my time at Germany. It was also great playing a long side him on the basketball court, he was a true teammate . He did what it took to get the win and knew all the right things to say to his teammates I will never forget the late night shooting sessions we had, working on our game when we thought the previous game we played bad’. How did your relationship grow with him and how do you feel did he make another step as a player and push you to make that next step?


Well after the season last year, we stayed in contact and we grew as friends off the court . I felt he made a major step as a player and the biggest thing was his three ball. He had more confidence in it and made the defense pay when they went under ball screens. Courtney helped me take a step as a better player by teaching me what to do during the long season. Now I know how to handle a full season when I enter my third year. 

If you had to pick one guy that improved the most in the time with you were with the FC Schalke organization who would it have been?


The guy that improved the most was Darnell Dunn. In the beginning of the season he wasn’t playing that much and didn’t know the plays. He started putting in extra work off the court and it payed off as the season went. He got more playing time and really hit the 3 ball for the team.

Let’s talk about your game. Last season you came in the second half of the season and this season was on board from the get go averaging 13.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 78.2%. How content were you with your game in your second professional season?


I wasn’t content, this year I struggled due to personal problems off the court . It’s not bad , but it’s not how I wanted to show out my second time coming.

Have you ever experienced losing so many close games where you had good scoring games? You scored 22 points and lost by 4 points than scored 20 points twice losing by 2 and 1 point and scored 16 points losing by 1 point. How frustrating was this? This obviously showed that FC Schalke was a better team than what it’s record showed.


As many times I lost , I have won. It’s going to be games I play great and the team lose. There is going to be games I play bad and the team win. I’m happy with the good performances I had , but the win is most important and each time was a learning experience on what I could do better and the team.

Your stats were a bit down from last season, but how do you see did your development as a player continue in your second professional year having gotten more experience?


The development as a player I learned through my campaign season is that, I learned how to be a professional. I didn’t experience a full length season and I have gotten to do so this season. It’s a long journey and takes a physical and mental toll on your body . I started off good and at the end I begin to derail. I know what it takes to stay at the top of my game all season now.

You stated in our last interview that your never happy with your game because you feel like you can always do more which is a good mindset. On what areas of your game will you be working on this spring/summer to make that next step as a player?


This summer I will be working on my body , I have to get back to the physic of how I was during college. I will add a new array of moves to help me when the defense get hip to my go to moves. As always I will continue to work on my deep ball because the game of basketball is evolving around the 3 point line .

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro A this season?


I do not have a tough player I battled against this season. I did struggle against teams game plan to stop me this season . If I had to choose, it would be Kendall Mccullum due to the fact he kept constant pressure on the defense.

Luka Doncic had an amazing sophomore campaign. Is he a top 3 NBA player now?


Even though Luka Doncic has an amazing sophomore campaign he is not a top 3 NBA player now. You have to continue to play well consistently for years to earn that stamp. In 3-4 years I believe he will be a top 3 NBA player. 

Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. You were 12 years old when he began in the NBA. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence?

When I heard about Kobe’s death, I was with a couple of teammates eating dinner at the Chinese buffet. When my teammate announced the death of Kobe, it felt unreal. It felt unreal not in the sense he died, but how he died. A legend like that shouldn’t have gone the way he did. Kobe had a big impact on my mental approach to life . He taught me the fundamental approach you have on the court, apply that to life . Probably the greatest lesson Kobe taught all of us .

How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now?


It is so sad that the tournament got canceled. I feel sorry for the senior class that worked hard during their time at school to live this opportunity and get cut short. I know it’s a great experience because I love every moment I endured during the tournament. The best advice I could give seniors is, basketball doesn’t stop. Stay prepared and get ready to be a professional.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Bad Boys For Life.

Thanks Shavar for the chat.

Orlando Parker(PS Karlsruhe) Americans Don’t Follow Rules By The Book Like Germans With The Coronavirus

Orlando Parker is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Orlando, Florida that completed his sixth professional season and fifth in Germany and fourth with PS Karlsruhe averaging 11.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 77.4% Last season with Ps Karlsruhe he averaged 13,7ppg and 6,3rpg while shooting 41,7% from outside. In the 2017-2018 season he averaged 13,2ppg and 5,7rpg. He started his basketball career with Wagner (NCAA) in 2010 playing a total of 118 NCAA games. As a senior he played 26 games averaging 6.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 44.7%, FT: 62.0%. In 2014 he turned professional with UL Eagles Limerick (Ireland-Premier League) playing 17 games averaging 19.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.5%. In 2015-2016 he played with Baskets Vilsbiburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games averaging 22.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 79.3%. He spoke to eurobasket during the coronavirus.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Orlando Parker in Frankfurt in 2016

Hi Orlando where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus? ‘

What’s up Miles! I’m currently still in Germany at the moment. My mood has been pretty chill since this outbreak started.’ 

When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world? ‘

Well I had a teammate emphasizing how crazy this virus would become so I was prepared mentally for the outcome but I didn’t think it would be talked about the way it is now.’ 

How did you experience the day to day life in Karlsruhe when you were still in Germany? What things did you notice in the surroundings there that showed that life wasn’t normal? ‘

Once I saw people lining up outside of the stores I knew something was different.’ 

Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing ‘ 

I’m always fully cautious and aware of people who cough without covering their mouth.’ 

Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Pro A. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season? 

‘I would have liked to finish the season despite a down year for the club, but I’m honestly more upset about the NBA season’ 

Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans? ‘

We played our last game in Schalke without any fans and the energy isn’t the same but it’s still a competitive atmosphere if the players are passionate about the game’ 

What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person? ‘

Not to believe the media because there is something much bigger happening than what they are telling us’ 

Will it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this? 

‘Not really a big adjustment. I think more time with the family is needed for athletes who miss out on this quality time. Working out is an everyday lifestyle. But it’s hard for some athletes to work on their craft without access to gyms and facilities.’ 

The whole world economy is going to be affected including German basketball. How worried are you about the future of professional basketball. The next season will have many changes. How are you handling this mentally now not knowing what to expect? ‘

Definitely staying positive about the situation but honestly this Is tough because we are all unemployed right now until who knows when. So it’s a big wake up call to start thinking about life after basketball ‘ 

If you had to name another player besides guys from your team that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be? 

‘I don’t even know honestly lol’ 

How has the day to day life been now in the States with the outbreak of the Coronavirus? Have you noticed any differences and are there any differences between the Americans and German people on how they are coping and handling themselves? 

‘I love my Americans but we are really different (we don’t listen) .. We don’t follow rules by the book like the Germans. Which is why we are the only country still trying to control the virus’ 

How has your approach to family changed since the outbreak of Corona? What things have you seen yourself do that you may not have done before? 

‘I’m still the same person’ 

Let’s talk about the season of PS Karlsruhe. The team finished with a record of 9-18 and finished in 15th place. How would you summarize the season from a team standpoint. The last two games tell the story. You were able to beat one of the best teams Bremerhaven but then lose the last game to one of the worst team Schalke 

‘We definitely had an up and down season since the beginning. We had a lot of roster changes and a coaching change as well. For the most part we had a lot of close games’ 

The team won the first two games and then experienced a severe tailspin losing 11-13 games. That was the deciding moment of the season as the club could never recover. What memories doyou have of the first months and why couldn’t the team pull out more close wins? In this period you lost 4 games by 4 or less points including against top teams Jena and Heidelberg 

We started off really good and of course we came across some obstacles that we couldn’t overcome. But that group showed a lot of character and hunger to get better everyday despite the challenges.’

The club scored 80 points per game but also allowed 84 points per game. In the end the team had allowed 80 points or more 17 times. Why wasn’t the team able to find a defensive identity? 

‘I believe we had an identity but being on the same page is vital. I think in today’s game holding a team to under 80 points is about average. With 3’s being a focal point for most teams, this style of play was a big factor. 

Let’s talk about your teammates. The club had a change at the guard position bringing in Marcus Stroman. What did you appreciate about his game most at the point guard position? 

‘Marcus Stroman is most definitely certified!! I appreciated his great IQ for the game..he’s going to be great player in the years to come. Make sure to keep him on your radar!’ 

Daniel Norl came from the UK BBL and had a very solid season in Germany. He had some huge games as well. What will you always remember from him as a player and what did you appreciate most about his game? 

‘ I’ll always remember his work ethic! He’s one of those guys who’s always finding ways to work on his craft. I love his ability to create and get to his spots on the floor which is why I appreciate his fearlessness in taking the last shot’

Center Maurice Pluskota has been a very solid Pro A player in the last 3 years. What do you believe is still missing in his game in order for him to reach the next level? 

‘I believe he can definitely play at that level right now. He’s always been the best center in Pro A in my opinion. I believe that next step is up to him because he’s definitely ready!’

Let’s talk about your game. You played your third pro A season and had your second best personal season averaging 11.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 77.4%. How would summarize how your personal season went? 

‘Definitely a down year for me but also a big learning experience. The best is yet to come’ 

Your goal before last season was to prove that you belong and you did that. You proved that again this season, but what were your goals for this season regarding your game and were they fulfilled? ‘

I honestly just wanted another run in the playoffs and hopefully be a part of something special again. After coming up from 4th league and winning Pro B. I was addicted to success and I wanted to have that feeling again.

Efficiency is also an important part of your game. How content were you of your ability to be that all around team player in the minutes that you got? 

‘Definitely a good feeling. Of course I had to put the work in to reap the benefits but I was very content. 

You’re a very skilled and hardnosed defender and have shot the ball over the 40% clip in the Pro A. How content were you on the defensive end with your game as well as with your shooting in your third Pro A campaign? 

‘I felt really good about my defense this season.. I didn’t shoot the ball that good this year but I’m willing to work on that’ 

A quote from you that I have kept in my memory is this ‘I’m never content with anything in life, but one of my favorite phrases to live by is ‘You can’t rush greatness’ so my time will come for the BBL.’ You will be 29 in September. Will the BBL be more realistic with the Coronavirus having struck as budgets will be down and teams might not be able to afford the expensive players and will have to search for guys that will take less? 

‘It’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this plays out for everyone’ 

You had many great games, but was your 29 points in the exciting 86-85 win over Phoenix Hagen where you dropped 29 points in 28 minutes your most memorable? 

‘I like the game against Bremerhaven at home’ 

Luka Doncic had an amazing sophomore campaign. Is he a top 3 NBA player now? ‘

Great season but we still have to spect the OG’s. He’s in my top 10′ 

Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence? 

‘Kobe’s impact will never be forgotten’ 

How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now? 

‘It’s very tough, I hope we can fix this for everyone’ 

What was the last movie that you saw? ‘

He got game.

Thanks Orlando for the chat.