Achmadschah Zazai is a 22 year old German/Afghani 177 cm guard that is playing for BV Chemnitz. He started his basketball career for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and played there until 2005. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) playing 28 games and averaging 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 19.3ppg, and also had a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) playing 12 games and averaging 1.1ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for the Bremen Roosters (Germany-ProA) playing 14 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, and then went to Denmark to play for Horsens IC playing 8 games and averaging 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3(4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Telemotive Muenchen (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4(5.5apg), Steals-5(2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. Last season, he played for Freiburg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5(4.9apg), Steals-1(2.4spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 21.8%, FT: 76.0%. He spoke to German Hoops concerning the do or die game against s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg to see who jumps to the beko BBL April 23rd.
A do or die game on the weekend against S. Oliver Baskets for the chance to move up to the beko BBL. If someone had told you before the season that Chemnitz would be fighting on the last game day to reach the beko BBL what would you have said?
I always believed in our team and always knew that we would play an important role at the end of the season. We didn´t want to put ourselves to much under pressure, but deep down we knew that we could move up to the beko BBL.
How is the mood in the town of Chemnitz? How has basketball moved the city this year?
Since the return of Torsten Loibl, the excitement has grown in the city of Chemnitz. The fans came back into the arena which wasn´t always the case in the last years. We have a great fan club, but not of 400-500 people, but 2000 fans. It is a lot of fun playing in front of the Chemnitz´fans who have helped make us so successful.
Where would you rate the importance of this game in comparison to other big games in your career? Is this the biggest game of your young career?
Yes I think this will be the biggest game of my career even if I was German youth champion.
You practiced shortly with the Artland Dragons last season. What was the most important thing that you learned from MBC guard Ronald Ross that you might use in the game against s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?
He is a good and quick point guard and always took responsibility in key phases of the game. He never gave up no matter what was happening in the game.
What is your memory of the 65-55 win earlier in the season against s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg?
That was the best team performance of the season. We were able to keep such a good team to 55 points. We won this game with a lot of effort.
What has been your impression of s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Do you think it was easier for them to perform because all the pressure seemed to be on FC Bayern Munich to do well?
I think that they were always under pressure, because they had set their goal to finish at second place
Gary Johnson has played a very good season. What has been his biggest value to the team this season?
He is a good that can do a lopt of things especially things that you don´t always see in the stats. He is a very good defender and likes to take the deciding shots. That is why he is called Mr buzzer beater.
How challenging is it playing against Lee Jeka? What is most difficult to stop in his game?
He will be the key player to stop. We did a good job controlling in the first game and will have to do it again.
What will be key in winning game?
The team that shows the most effort and has the better nerves will win.
How disappointed would you be if you beat Wurzburg, but then would be unable to reach the beko BBL because of something uncontrollable like licensing problems?
That would be so sad since we worked so hard and would deserve to play in the beko BBL. Everybody would be so sad, but then I would hope that other doors would open.
How quickly will The Boston Celtics wrap up the series with The New York Knicks?
I think that the New York Knicks will win 4-3. If Billups doesn´t get fit, then Boston will do it.
How good would the Chicago Bulls be without Derrick Rose? Is that situation comparable to Dashaun Wood and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?
It is similar, but Frankfurt can´t replace Wood. They have other alternative players, but it would be a lot tougher for Frankfurt.
How surprised were you about the news of Mike Taylor having to leave Ratiopharm Ulm? Will he coach in the beko BBL next season?
He is a good coach.He gives young players a lot of confidence and playing time. I hope he stays in Germany.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The big Lebowsíki
Thanks Achmadschah for the chat.