Marcus Goree is a 33 year old 201cm power forward from Dallas, Texas playing his second season for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is a typical European league power forward that is very effective in the low post game. He runs very well on the court, can defend well and even press on the perimeter. He has great instincts for the game, and is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. He played at West Virginia from 1996-2000. In 2000-2001, he played for Havre (France-ProA, starting five): 18.6ppg, Reb-5(9.1), 2.1apg. In 2001-2002, he played for the Opel Skyliners (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 19.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg, 1.0spg. In 2002-2003, he played for Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League, starting five): Adriatic League: 23 games: 13.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 0.8apg; Euroleague: 20 games: 10.0ppg, 5.7rpg; Israeli Premier League: 33 games: 13.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg. In 2003-2004, he played for Gran Canaria (Spain-ACB, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 12,8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.2spg; Spanish ACB: 38 games: 17.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, 1.0spg. He played for Benetton Treviso from 2004-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for Moscow (Russia-A Superleague): Euroleague: 25 games: 7.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 56.3%; Russian League: 18 games: 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1(1.2bpg), 2FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 62.2%. In 2008-2009, he played for Lyubertsy (Russia-A Superleague, starting five): Eurocup Qualifications: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 8.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.1%, FT: 54.5%; Russian League: 23 games: 9.6ppg, Reb-5(5.9ppg), FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 68.1%. Last season he played for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 20 games: 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5(1.1bpg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 72.9%. He won the Euroleague with CSKA Moscow in 2008. He spoke with German Hoops about basketball.
How challenging is it playing against Craig Callahan?
He is always on the move. There are not many position 4 players as mobile as him. He is strong in the post, can shoot the three and take you off the dribble.
You are playing your second season in Braunschweig. What was the main reason why you came back?
Braunschweig is a very good organization. They work very professional and my family felt very comfortable in a small city.
Was it difficult adjusting to a smaller city since you have been used to playing in big cities like Moscow and Frankfurt?
My focus is geared to the family. I like to be in a smaller community where we have less time to take to get the kids to the school and get to the stores.
The New Yorker Phantoms reached the BEKO BBL playoffs last season for the first time since 2003. What was the secret to the success?
We played together as one unit and didnt think about individual stats. Everyone was focused on winning.
Is this years team with Tony Skinn, Lamarr Greer and Kyle Visser stronger than last season?
I think that we are a bit stronger than last season. We can defend better and many players can take a lot of weight. Lamarr Greer is important, because he has a lot of experience and just knows how to get the team involved. We are stronger mentally and physically.
How far are The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from being at the same level as a Frankfurt or Berlin?
I think that we are there with them. We have lost a lot of close games and I think that it is always a mental challenge of staying together. We just need some more luck staying together.
On what things does Braunschweig need to improve on?
We can always improve defense and learn to play together more. We are still giving up too many points to teams. If we can keep teams between 70-75 points than we will have better chances to win.
Who has been the most improved player?
Nick Schneiders. He has been great off the bench coming in getting good minutes, rebounds and blocking shots. He gives us a lot of energy.
What is the most important thing that you have learned from coach Sebastian Machowski?
Be patient. He gives guys a chance to perform.
What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get recognized right away?
My knowledge of the game and my experience helping the team know how to win games. I know the best options that we have to take in certain situations.
What is your secret to blocking shots? Is it timing or knowing the individual moves of players?
It is knowing the moves. We all play similar. If you watch the movement to the hole than you should know where the ball is. It is always important that you are up before the ball is up.
What was your childhood like?
It was a difficult childhood , because we were moving around a lot. But I had a big family with many aunts and uncles. We were very close.
Who were your basketball idols?
Shaq, Penny Hardaway and Shawn Kemp.
You played at West Virginia. What was your nicest memory on the court?
Reaching the 1998 NCAA Sweet 16 with a buzzer beater against Cincinnati.
What did you teach Chris Moss from The Deutsche Bank Skyliners at west Virginia?
I taught him to always play tough and use your foot work and remember the individual moves of players.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?
What was your nicest memory in Israel where you played for Macabbi Tel Aviv in 2003 winning two titles?
Israel is not what people think. It is very peaceful and very Americanized.
You played 105 Euroleague games. What do you remember most from the 2008 final where you won the final with CSKA Moscow?
It wasnt so much the final game that I remember but more the team. We knew how to win and even if we were down we always stuck together. You could look in our eyes and know that we would win The 2008 Euroleague final.
What was it like living in Russia when you played for CSKA Moscow?
Moscow was a nice place to live. What people dont realize is that Russian people are very nice. Moscow was like Tel Aviv where everyone knew who you were. It was a good feeling. I had my own driver because you can get lost very quickly in Moscow.
You played together with NBA player David Anderson. Did you know back then that he would reach the NBA?
He is a good player with a soft touch. He can be unstoppable in the low post when he wants to be. I knew that he would eventually go to the NBA. He could of gone sooner, but he wanted to enjoy the European lifestyle a bit more.
Who wins a 1-1 in practice you or Jason Cain?
Experience normally wins.
What were the most free throws that you made in practice?
What was your most crazy shot?
In Israel I made a shot from the other teams free throw line?
You have a travel company World Venture. What exactly is this?
I invite people to go on trips to places like Las Vegas, Cancun or New York and I get them good deals. For example people might usually pay $3000$ will only pay $1200 with my company.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
A documentary on Martin Luther King jr.
Thanks Marcus for the chat.