Roger Powell(Deutsche Bank Skyliners): It Isn´t Important Who Gets The Credit, But That We Win!

Roger Powell is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Joliet, Illinois that is playing his first season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played at Illinois (NCAA) from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he played  39 games: 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg, FGPConf-8(54.9%), 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 72.9%: Finished career ranked fifth in Illinois history in career field goal percentage (.572) and ranked 26th all-time in scoring (1,178 points). In 2005-2006, he played for the Rockford Lightning (CBA, starting five): 48 games: 21.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, FG: 57%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 73.5%. In 2006-2007, he started with the Utah Jazz (NBA), Regular Season: 3 games: 0.7ppg; left in Jan.’07, then joined Arkansas RimRockers (D-League): 28 games: 22.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77%. In 2007-2008, he played for Wear Teramo (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 33 games: 13.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP:55.8%, 3PT:31.3%, FT:73.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Chicago Bulls (NBA): only pre-season, in Nov.’08 moved to Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (Israel-Premier League): EuroChallenge: 5 games: 8.6ppg, 4.6rpg; Israeli League: 25 games: 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 67.3%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 62.5%. Last season, he played for C.B. Murcia (Spain-ACB), Spanish League: 15 games: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 71.9%; in Feb.’10 moved to JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA, starting five): 2 games: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, injured the same month. Recently he was cut by the Chicago Bulls and joined The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He spoke to German Hoops about the BG Goettingen series and the future.

Thanks for taking some time. You were the only Skyliner I could reach tonight on their off day.

I am a nice guy and very reachable.

How crazy is it that two great players having the same first letter D with Dashaun Wood and Dirk Nowitzki were able to sweep on the same day?

I think that it is great. Both are great players.

What was key in the second half that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to sweep BG Goettingen?

We just kept fighting. Guys like Pascal Roller and Jevohn Shepherd stepped up for us. We also played good defense.

What was key to winning the series against BG Goettingen besides having a deeper bench and just playing harder?

Both teams played very hard. BG Goettingen never gave up, but we were the better team. When you are able to sweep a team, it shows really how good you are. I also feel that we outmatched them.

How big was it limiting Dwayne Anderson in game 2 and 3 to 22 points combined whereas in game one he hit for 26 points?

Coach gave me the challenge to cover him. I had to limit what he did in order for us to have success and with help from the team was able to accomplish that.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners held BG Goettingen to an average of 64 points. What was key on defense for accomplishing this?

We played close attention how to guard them. We also showed a lot of effort and hunger and we didn´t want to go back to Goettingen for game four. We wanted to finish the series quickly.

On what things do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still need to work on for the upcoming semi final series?

Our defense can always get better with our intensity and pressure. We also have to improve on our half court execution on offense.

Do you ever feel like your in the shadow of current beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood? You do very much on the court, but it seems like you don´t always get credit for it.

We are a team. The role of Wood is to get assists and score. My role is to play hard defense and be the second scoring option. The other guys have different roles. We are an unselfish team. It is not important who gets the credit, but that we win.

You have vastly improved your three pointer in the last months. At the moment it is at 32%. have you been taking extra shooting practice?

It was just a matter of getting more shots and being more comfortable. I wasn´t getting as many shots at the start. After my injury I got my rhythm back and have been getting more chances to shoot.

Who has been the most improved Skyliner this season?

I can´t name just one player. The whole team has improved. we have had injuries and guys have had to step up all season long and everyone has been doing their job.

Who would you rather see next Alba Berlin or Oldenburg?

It doesn´t matter who. Both will be tough and we will have to be prepared.

If someone had said 10 days ago to you that The Dallas Mavericks would sweep the Los Angeles Lakers would you have thought they were crazy?

I was surprised that Dallas won. The Lakers are a great team who have won a lot and to be swept is surprising. I don´t know what is wrong with the Lakers, but maybe they weren´t as hungry. Dallas was hungrier and played great being led by Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry who really stepped up.

How do you see the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat series?

You can never count out Boston, but Miami ahs three great players. This is a tough series, but I see Miami in seven games.

Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks?

The series is tied 2-2, but Chicago is my team and has Derrick Rose. Chicago will take this series.

Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma Thunder?

Both are good teams. The Grizzlies have been the big surprise of the playoffs and they will pull it out.

Who was the toughest player that you played against this season?

John Bryant of Ratiopharm Ulm.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Chronicles of Narnia. I really liked it.

Thanks Roger for the chat.

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