Marcus Slaughter (Brose Baskets Bamberg): I Am Not Really A Slam Dunk Kind Of Guy, But PJ Tucker Will Be Coaching Me

Marcus Slaughter is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Riverside California. He played at San Diego State from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49%, FT: 76.2%. He started his professional basketball career in Turkey for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir playing 29 games averaging 13.3ppg, Reb-3(10.2rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 67.2%. In 2007-2008, he was with the Miami Heat in preseason and then played in Israel and France for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Israeli League: 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg, ULEB Cup: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, waived in Dec.’07, in Jan.’08 signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 15 games: 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-3(63.2%), FT: 58.9%. in 2008-2009, he started with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven(8 games: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 60.0%) before moving to France to Le Havre playing 21 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1(9.5rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.8bpg. In 2009-2010, he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.7%; French League: 29 games: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5(1.4bpg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.1%. Last season, he played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 67.5%. He is back in the Beko BBL with the Brose Baskets Bamberg.  He spoke to German Hoops before the game against FC Bayern Munich January 7th.

Congrats on the 68-66 win in Bayreuth. How impressed were you with the atmosphere there?

I was very impressed. It is the loudest arena I have been in besides our own.I was a bit surprised how loud it can get in there.

Describe the game winning shot by Brian Roberts.

That shot helped us win the win and it was big. It was off a broken shot, but he is the type of guy you want taking a shot like that at the end of a game. He has been doing it for years.

Who would win an arm wrestling contest you or Brandon Hunter?

I think he would win that. I defended everyone in that game including him. It was the first time that I played against him. He is a very strong player with a lot of energy and tough to play against. He always gives 100% effort on the court.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg mustered only 6 assists in Bayreuth. Is this  aproblem the team needs to worry about?

We have to be aware of this problem and are. We need better ball movement. We have  a lot of scorers on the team. We are working on ball movement in practice.

How excited are you about playing FC Bayern Munich? You destroyed them in preseason and now it counts.

All are real games and this just counts for the record. We sent a message in preseason. This is real exciting for the fans and this game is all what has been talked about in last weeks. Tickets are in high demand and this is the type of game that a basketball player loves to play in.

When you hear the name FC Bayern Munich what do you think about?

I obviously think about their soccer team. I don’t really follow soccer, but I don’t think that they won in a while in Europe, but continue to win titles in Germany.

You played against Jared Homan in Turkey in the 2006-2007 season. What do you remember from his game?

I don’t remember too much from his play in Turkey, but I know that he has done well wherever he has played. He is a strong player, plays hard and very smart. He is a scorer and can defend pretty well as well.

What will be key to beating FC Bayern Munich who are coming off a buzzer beater loss to ratiopharm Ulm?

The key to win is always defense. We have to get the crowd involved and limit their fast break chances and we will be ok. Home games are always a bit easier for us. We should also get early stops to get into the game.

Who is your favourite to win the 2012 Euroleague?

I think that since Kirilenko is back in Europe that CSKA Moscow have the best chances. I see a team like Real Madrid or FC Barcelona making the final.

How excited are you about taking place in the 2012 Beko BBL Allstar game in the slam dunk contest?

I didn´t even know I was named to participate. A teammate told me. I am not really a dunk contest type of guy, but I think that it will be a fun event. PJ Tucker has been in an event like that and will be coaching me.

Would you take your teammate Anton Gavel along to help you with ally-ops?

I think that he will rather be on his break and enjoy that more than helping me, but I could always use him.

Who will reach the 2012 NFL Superbowl?

I think the Green Bay Packers will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Contingency with Matt Damon and Jude Law. It is about  a viral epidemic disease. It was a decent movie.

Thanks Marcus for the chat.

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