Basketball is a team sport and if win or lose, the whole team should be held accountable, but sadly in this sport that isn’t always the case. Most often when a club isn’t having success, it is the point guard, the player that runs the team on the floor and leads the team is the guy that gets blamed. One of the best examples is NBA star Russell Westbrook who gets hated on all day long by the media and fans, but surprisingly the fellow teammates, opponents and players in Europe have the utmost respect for him. At the end of the day all that counts is winning. There are enough guys in the basketball world that understand that Westbrook leaves his jersey on the floor every game and does all he can to win. It wasn’t any different for American veteran guard Chase Adams (176-SG-88, college: Pittsburgh) who came to Trier last season in mid season and came back this season. He had had Pro A experience in Paderborn and Hanau and minus having that all around talent around him, it was never easy being able to reach the playoffs, but he did do it once with Hanau. Last season with the Romerstrom Gladiators, he was on a good route to make the playoffs despite the crazy season and drama around all the miscues of COVID-19, but a late season five games losing streak denied the team the playoffs and now he is the scapegoat. He had a solid season statistically if not his best in the Pro A, but in the end it was his so called lack of leadership skills that gave him his walking papers. A month before the season ended, he was leading the team to success, but then in the last month, a losing streak suddenly doesn’t make him a good leader? ‘We know that Chase had a good offensive season, but in the end we didn’t reach our season goals. Unfortunately Chase wasn’t able to fullfill his role as a leader full time’, stressed Romerstrom Gladiators CEO Andre Ewertz. Adams has been made the scapegoat which unfortunately often rests on the shoulders of the point guard. Two Trier players didn’t want to comment on the matter as it is obvious something must of happened behind the scenes as Chase Adams is very hurt by the release. Not only is Chase Adams who respects the confidence and abilities of Draymond Green to guard all 5 positions in his claim to be the best defender of all-time shocked, but also current Uni Baskets Paderborn veteran point guard Demetrius Ward. ‘Before I signed with Paderborn, I asked Chase about Paderborn where he had played. He gave me a lot of information about the club and came over as a very positive and genuine guy. The first time I met him was in the summer of 2019 in Paris when we were on the same team. I saw his hunger and aggression as a competitor. I saw him have those leadership skills with Trier. Leadership shouldn’t be defined about making the playoffs or on wins or loses. Trier had injuries and I think if they would have been healthy they would have been a playoff team. They didn’t live up to expectations because of injuries but they still played together. I think Chase is a good leader. Sometimes it gets overlooked. He just needs to be put in the right situation for people to appreciate the things he does and the energy he brings. He opened up to me giving me some valuable information. When I’m frustrated or need some guidance, Chase is the guy I go to for advice. I look up to him like a big brother. I wish all the best to him. It is just unfortunate that he got bashed in the media when he is such a positive person on and off the court’, stressed Demetrius Ward.
The 2020-2021 season was a type of season that no professional basketball club has ever witnessed with so much drama happening around COVID-19. So in a way honestly being able to rate a crazy season like this where teams had COVID cases and long stretches of no games put everything into disarray. ‘It was an unfortunate disaster that we had to play through these circumstances, and it became extremely difficult to enjoy the season. I don’t know what to rate it, we saw through the abrupt ending of the previous season that the future didn’t look so bright in regards to playing normally and on the business side for clubs and players. Definitely a lot of things were revealed and much perspective gained in these trying times’, stressed Chase Adams. Teams were effected in so many ways by COVID-19 that many had tough seasons while other teams maybe were a bit more fortunate with less COVID cases and injuries and took that to the best of their advantage to be successful. The Romerstrom Gladiators weren’t as lucky as one could say that COVID-19 had a huge effect on their success and one really can’t point fingers at one guy like Chase Adams who sees a lot of similarities with his game to point God Chris Paul seeing him as a top 4 point guard off all-time. ‘Injuries were at the forefront for every team across the board and developing rust due to all of the quarantines was a complete rhythm breaker. For us, it was a devastating setback, losing players throughout the entire season and not being 100% fit. Also, not being able to play in front of the fans was a major downer and pretty weird feeling to be honest. Outside of the sports world I think people have been fed up with the lockdowns, even though it was for safety reasons, it severely impacted our day to day in so many ways (health, job security, mental health)’, expressed Chase Adams.
The Romerstrom Gladiators had a lot of talent last season, but also many obstacles in the season that cost them the playoffs. The 5 game losing streak at the end of the season was untimely and cost them the playoffs. ‘We had chance after chance to lock up a playoff spot during that period and we couldn’t get over the hump. We remained hopeful even up until the deciding game versus Nuernberg, where we lost on a buzzer beater. Mental and physical fatigue got the best of us’, added Chase Adams. The club did finish the season on a positive note winning two of their last three games as scoring and rebounding helped their cause often this season, but their defense was their achilles heel. ‘Our ability to outwork teams on the rebounding end was our superpower but making adjustments/rotations defensively was our kryptonite. We had a physical style of defense which bothered teams a lot but once they figured that out they used it against us at times. We lost a lot of our scoring power as well, for key games during the entire season, which would have combated our defensive woes’, warned Chase Adams. You have to wonder how the season would have played out had club identity figure Jermaine Bucknor been on board. His leadership skills coupled with those of Chase Adams could have made the difference between playoffs and not. ‘Losing Buck hit us super hard and for me this was a main reason to re-sign. We were relying on him for that on court leadership and his abilities would have been the difference in those close games we dropped the ball. We lost him after the 1st match in Artland, for the entire season, it was painful to see this happen to him. He tried all he could off the court by talking up players, working guys out and being present in general’, stressed Chase Adams.
The club didn’t wait long to begin a team house cleaning as not only Chase Adams who sees Jayson Tatum as one of the leaders of the new school (post Lebron era) and can see him In the next years being an All-Star and grab some All-NBA honors but there are still a lot of dogs around who he would pick for MVP over him, but there were other guys like Ruppert Hennen and the super charismatic Robert Nortman who had to get their walking papers. Adams definitely will never forget these super special players. ‘Rupi is on the rise! Young and has the gifts to be a good German PG in this league. I’ve seen over the past two seasons major development in his scoring abilities and his understanding of the game. I know he’s a Trier boy but it’s time to leave the nest, I’m excited to see where he lands. Rob is that teammate who is always got a high spirit with no worries, must be his Bahamian side. That’s always important to have guys around who care about you and keep positivity flowing no matter what. As stated earlier, these times are trying, he was one of the guys not letting that bring us down’, remembered Chase Adams. He also will always remember talented Belgium player Jonathan Doubas who left his special imprint on the Gladiators team. ‘Douby is a smooth operator. I love that he came here to challenge himself professionally and try a new experience. I appreciate his knowledge the most, he was always thinking of ways to break teams down tactically. It was a pleasure having him around’, said Chase Adams who’s most favorite personal game of the season was the win over Kirchheim where he dropped 22 points.
Chase Adams who finds it flat out ridiculous that Croatian legend Dino Radja couldn’t imagine Russell Westbrook having success in Europe as he feels we should be giving him his flowers because he is putting up historical numbers every single season with a high-Lamborghini type motor and would have success in Europe as he averaged 13,0ppg, 5,0rpg, 4,2apg, 1,3spg and shot 36% from outside. Statistically it was his best season in his fifth Pro A season. ‘This season was a chance for me to show once again my combo-guard versatility, like I did with Hanau White Wings. I can be effective with or without the ball, and not force it or worry about stats. I wouldn’t say I’m satisfied at all but I will say I did my job well this season on both ends’, commented Chase Adams. His secret was a simple one as it was a combination of experience and work ethic. ‘With my extensive experience I was able to identify what works and what doesn’t. Once you put all the pieces together it’s all about having the confidence to execute. I still live by the motto ‘stay ready so you don’t have to get ready’, and that’s made me reliable and valuable. My teammates were great bunch of guys that bought into unselfish team play, and that can always boost an individual’s performance’, warned Chase Adams. He continues to be a very reliable outside scorer and that is something he continues to work on. Putting in the work in the lab and knowing when to shoot and when not to have been his equation for success. ‘Whatever worked in the past keep doing it and you can always tweak things or make some improvements to stay sharp. The other side of it is shot selection, which comes with watching film and anticipating how teams will defend you, learning from mistakes and just watching your shooting mechanics’, stated Chase Adams.
The American who hasn’t seen the sequel to the classic Coming To American believes that to top a classic like that is a hard feat, and you need to put the hottest producers/writers/directors behind those types of projects is 33 years old, but no where done yet. When he sees guys like Jermaine Bucknor, Quantez Robertson and Rickey Paulding still playing, it obviously motivates him to continue to want to prolong his career. But he also knows he can’t get lazy now and sit back during the off season and drink Tequilas, but he has to continue to work on his body so he can continue to be that perfect physical specimen, but also has to continue to grind grind grind in the gym on his game. ‘Staying lean, building endurance, and stamina are top priority. One of my fitness goals this season was to play at 10% body fat, and I felt it paid off 10 fold. The guys who play high level well into their 30s have an amazing shape, I admire that and will continue on that path for my career’, stressed Chase Adams. His fitness goals are massive, but so are his goals concerning how his professional career will continue. The guy has so much self-confidence that even a little hate from his ex team won’t derail him from thinking big. He knows exactly what he is capable of and he will go for it all this summer concerning who his next employer will be. ‘Sky is the limit for me! It’s time I get a look at some higher leagues. I’m not counting Pro A out but I’m open for a change of pace. I’ve always had Euro Cup/Champions League aspirations but getting into a 1st league is the main goal. The timing is perfect now, age is nothing but a number, just look at the facts I’m ready and on my way’, warned Chase Adams. He may not have got the love from the Romerstrom Gladiators, but ex teammates and opponents know what kind of a leader he is. ‘ ‘I followed him a little this season. I remember him giving me problems in the Pro A. It was nice to see him play well this season. It really must feel like crap getting the blame like that, warned easyCredit BBL player Virgil Matthews of the Niners Chemnitz. ‘Chase was on and off the court a great teammate and leader. I learned a lot from him which helped me become a good leader and captain. He influenced me a lot and you can be sure that he gives everything to win’, stressed BBC Bayreuth forward Chris Wolf. ‘ Chase is one of the best teammates I had, great guy to be around , always competitive. It was fun to battle against him in practice and play with him in the games. I wish him nothing but the best, always working hard , he is a professional’, stated ex teammate Kevin Franceschi. Back in our Playoff Season with the Hanau White Wings Chase was our floor general! He led us through the whole season and made us believe that we can make our goal in reaching the playoffs. For me personally it was great because I learned a lot from him especially about leadership’, warned ex teammate Till Joscha-Joenke. At least his opponents and teammates respect and appreciate his work as a player. That is a huge thing for any player to get that kind of special love.