John Bynum is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5(26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4(5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.’06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5(4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.’08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.’08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3(5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with German Hoops to talk basketball this summer.
It has been more than 4 months since you last played a Beko BBL game. How has your summer been? Were you able to do some things this summer that you haven´t been able to do the last years?
Well my summer was great it went by extremely fast but I got to get back to California and spend time with the family and although I didn’t travel that much it was good to be home and just relax a little bit.
How does an offseason training session look like for John Bynum?
Offseason training is mostly a lot of playing really. I am not big in working on certain individual things, for me it’s about keeping in somewhat shape and keeping a ball in your hands and not get too lazy.
What have been the main things that you have been working on your game this summer?
As far as things that I worked on I would have to say just staying consistent at the things I do well. I try not to look at the bad Ain the off season.
Have you been following the 2011 summer Beko BBL transfers? What been your impression of new players coming to Germany?
I have been following the transfers from home and it was in interesting summer which isn’t over yet. Teams from all around the BBL got stronger which is good for the league.
It seems like the beko BBL will be even stronger next season with Alba Berlin, Bamberg and Bayern Munich looking to be in a class of their own. What will take to beat these teams?
Those teams all made great moves to get better for the upcoming season and look very good on paper. I think to beat those teams you just have to play like it’s a normal game, they still have to step on the court and play just like the other teams in the league as well.
With the power of these three teams, do you think it will help the league more, because all teams will be even more motivated to beat them as getting into the playoffs will be as difficult as ever.
I think it’s good for the league to have good teams period. Last season we really had one team that stood out from the rest but this season you can count those three but there are still some other teams that can make some noise still.
Is it possible with a reunited Gordon Herbert and Dashaun Wood and a very strong supporting cast to win the Beko BBl title for Alba Berlin. Alba Berlin is my top favorite to win it all. How strong do you see the team?
They have a very good core of players that they assembled and will compete each night. They will win a lot of games and be towards the top of the BBL for sure.
You will be playing your second season with TBB Trier. Will your role change any this season?
As far as my role goes I don’t think it will change much. I just want to give my team a boost in any area I can and just provide what they need from me game to game.
On paper TBB Trier doesn´t look as strong as last season. Last season, the team almost made the playoffs relying on a very strong defense. What will be the goal this season of TBB Trier?
I think our goal is just to improve from last season. We can’t base that on a win total or compare anything from last season because last season is over. I think we just have to play hard and get better each game and be ready each time we take the court.
TBB Trier broght in Nate Linhart. How much of an impact do you see him making in the Beko BBL?
Well I think he will make an impact. He is a versatile player and will have the opportunity to do things on the court for us.
Head coach Henrik Roedl continues to bring in young Germans. The club brought in young German Joshiko Saibou. Is this young German point guard a guy that you will take under your wing? What is your biggest strength when giving young players advice during a season?
As far as taking players in I think that is a group effort and make sure that he is feeling comfortable each day at practice and helping him make the transfer being around new guys. As far as giving advice I really don’t say too much depending on the situation for the most part.
What is your take on Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?
If he wants to change his name and believes in that then more power to him.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD I saw was lottery ticket.
Thanks John for the chat.