A Conversation With Rickey Paulding(EWE Baskets Oldenburg)

Rickey Paulding is a 28 year old 196cm guard from Detroit, Michigan. He is playing his fourth season for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He is an exciting wing player. His natural position is small forward. He can play the 2 spot and he excels in the transition game. His suits include a nice mid-range game and getting to the basket. He played at Missouri(NCAA) from 2000-2004. He reached the NCAA Last 8 in 2002. In 2004, he  was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA,2rd(54)). In 2004-2005, he played for Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Premier L.): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 9,2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 64.7%, 3Pts: 25.0%; Israeli Premier League: 22 games: 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3FGP: 51.9%. In 2005-2006, he played for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3FGP: 32.7%, FT: 70.4%; French League: 24 games: 9.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.8%. In 206-2007, he played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA): FIBA EuroCup: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.8%, 3FGP: 37.5%, FT: 53.8%; French League: 33 games: 13.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 69.7%. He has played for The EWE Baskets Oldenburg since 2007 winning the BEKO BBL title in 2009. Last season, he played 10 games: 11.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 71.4%; German League: 36 games: 13.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 72.6%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

What is your impression of MBC this season?

They lost some key players, but they are still a tough team. You always will hav eto give them respect because they are a good team.

Are you surprised how well the EWE Baskets have played in the first two months despite so many new players?

I am a little surprised, but I am very happy the way we are playing. It is never easy with a new team and everyone gelling. We will have some growing pains, but it is good that we are winning now.

How important have been the signing of Nemanja Protic and Mindaugas Lukauskis?

They have been very important. Protic has done a good job learning our system and running the team. He is a quick guard. Lukauskis gives us a lot of veteran leadership.is a great shooter, is always under control and always a threat from the bench.

Coach Predrag Krunic always seems to find the right players from eastern Europe. Why does he seem to have that right feeling for the right players?

I dont know, but I guess he has the expertise. He always looks for players with the right character in a player and does a good job finding those type of players.

Alba Berlin and The Brose Baskets Bamberg are the two top teams and favorite to with the 2011 BEKO BBL title. When will Oldenburg be where they are?

I hope that we can be where they are. They play very well, but we can´t worry about them, but take each game at a time. We are  anew group, but I hope that we can be in the mix with them at the end of the season.

You are playing your fourth season with The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What makes Oldenburg so special?

I like Oldenburg. It is small, but not to small. I feel very comfortable raising my family in Oldenburg. The club takes care of me and I like what coach Krunic is doing for the club. I am happy they wanted me around another season.

You are a very versatile player, but only fourth in scoring. Has your role changed this season?

I dont think my role has really changed. There are many guys scoring this season and with a new team it is a part of the growing pains. My shot isn´t falling the way it should, but I dont want to focus on scoring, but helping the team win and do my job rebounding and playing defense.

Would you like to get more shots in games?

Every player always want more touches, but as long as we are winning, I am happy. We have many different guys like Campbell, Protic or Stevic that can step up on any given night. I hope that my night will come soon.

Your friend Jimmy Mckinney was injured again this season. He is a real fighter. What makes him so strong that he keeps coming back from injuries?

Mckinney has a good staff in Frankfurt. He is young and is a good kid. He has been lucky that he hasn´t had a too serious injury where he couldn´t come back from. He has a strong focus to come back and help the team.

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?

I am known as an athletic player that can get to the basket, but I think that my defense doesn´t always get noticed.

If you could ask Allen Iverson  one question what would you ask him?

I would ask him he had any regrets how his career has gone the last few years since he always had had a great career.

You played against Skyliner Roger Powell. How important is he for the BEKO BBL?

I remember that he and Illinois always beat us at Missouri. He is really important for the league. He will get even more fans involved. he is a great guy with a good character and is very mature.

Who wins a 1-1, you or Mindaugas Lukauskis?

I would win, but he is a crafty slick ball handler and can shoot the ball. I would have to stay on my feet, because you can´t give him the open shot.

How well will the Miami Heat do with Lebron James?

They will play at the top. They will begin to click more and more as season progresses. I hope they beat Boston in the east, but Boston is strong on defense.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Iron Man 2

Thanks Ricky for the chat.

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