Marius Nolte is a 31 year old 206 cm German center playing his third season with The Fraport Skyliners He started his basketball career at Salzkotten. He played with The Paderborn Baskets from 2001-2009. He was an important part of the team with Tim Black and Steve Esterkamp helping Paderborn advance from the second Bundesliga to the BBL in 2006 winning 50 games in a row. Last season he played 35 games averaging 6.1ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 55.8%, FT: 65.9% and helping the team reach their first BBL playoffs losing in a tight five game quarterfinal playoff series against 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin. He played 226 games for The Paderborn Baskets. He is a dynamic inside player with good athletic abilities, runs the floor extremely well, has a good mid range shoot and is a very solid free throw shooter. He has a a good back to the basket game where he has a variety of moves and is a good defensive player who can defend both inside positions and likes to use his body and his strength to his advantage. He is a physical player who at times gets his opponents frustrated with his style of play. Last season for Frankfurt, he played EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 4.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 5.2ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 61.1%; German League: 42 games: 5.1ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 56.1%, FT: 71.4%. He spoke to German Hoopst about the current season in Frankfurt.
Could one call Jacob Burtschi the basketball Boris Becker after his game in Trier?
Yes that is a good comparison. That was the first time that we have seen him play like that and so much on the floor.
If someone had told you four months ago that the Fraport Skyliners would b ein 7th place on April 16th, would you have thought they were crazy?
That is hard to say. I would of thought that it could be difficult, but in basketball nothing is impossible. I always felt that we could reach something if we kept working hard and was always optimistic that we could make it. I am very happy with our development.
Did you get any special tips from Pascal Roller about the role of the captain?
I didn´t really talk to much with him. I would never be able to follow in his foot steps, because he had his own unique way. I wanted to make my own style. I did ask him how he manged to lead the team in the 2005-2006 season when they were struggling.
What part of being captain do you like most?
It is a lot easier to be vocal now being captain, but speaking with teammates is something I like to do. Now when I see something, I just speak my mind.
German national player Tim Ohlbrecht lauded you recently about helping him this season mentally. Could one call you Dr Marius now?
Well I don´t want that roll. Tim has become a good friend. You really are able to see his talent and he is playing a very good season. You might not see it with his scoring, but he is doing a lot. Of course I was there to try to help him when he needed it.
The Fraport Skyliners started to play better with their win in Hagen. This also happened to be the last game of Jon Leuer who went to the NBA. Would the Fraport Sykliners be where they are now if he had stayed?
Leuer got the NBA. He helped us in many games with his offense, but I think our team was missing something. But as Jacob Burtschi came, he gave us so much things that we didn´t have before. So I think we would not be where we are now without him
How much fun is it now playing defense in a team that defends so well?
It is so much fun to play defense now. My definition of basketball is always defense.
Where would the Frankfurt defense be without Quantez Robertson?
Tez is so special for us. He helps us so much. He makes steals, runs after players on the fast break tipping balls away. It is funny, there might be some players that are more athletic, because at times, he makes the most amazing dunks and then misses easy ones. It seems at times as if he can turn on a switch to make amazing plays.
Phoenix Hagen American Marc Carter said that not so much has changed from four months ago. Frankfurt still has the same size and athletic ability, but now they are clicking more.
Yes Carter is right. Our motto was always that we are a team. It just took a while to click.
You played for the Paderborn Baskets form 2001-2009 and now your third season for Frankfurt. Do you think that Frankfurt could ever be as close in your heart as Paderborn?
Yes absolute. They are different teams, but I am living the moment now. I feel so comfortable in Frankfurt and it gets stronger with time. I feel comfortable with the team, office, media and fans. Frankfurt is like a second home.
You extended your contract for two season as a player, but will also have a function in the office. On what task are you looking forward to most when you work in the office for the Fraport Skyliners?
I am really looking forward in the future to get to know a new world and get away from the daily practice routine. I am looking forward to be able to challenge my brain and just do something new. I was recently in the office for half the day with Pascal Roller. It is always nice when there is a birthday like Kamil Novak had and then eat cake.
Nobody can stop Jermareo Davidson in the low post. How do you stop him?
Its a secret.
How proud are you about your friend Steven Esterkamp who conquered adversity an dis having so much success with ratiopharm Ulm?
I am so happy for him. We talk much and after the win against ratiopharm Ulm, I told him how happy I am for his success and I will keep telling him. It is amazing how he came back from the last two tough years. He is captain of the team and despite many top players, he remains so important for the team. He is the second arm of the coach on the court. He is having a very consistent season.
You played some years with Tim Black with Paderborn. When will he make the jump to Spain or Italy?
That is hard to say, but if a player feels comfortable somewhere, plays well and gets the recognition that he deserves, why should he have to go. If you look at guys like Casey Jacobson or Seth Doliboa who signed long term contracts somewhere, you can see that guys are capable to stay in one place when they are happy.
Tim Ohlbrecht said that if the Fraport Skyliners had an Easter egg hunt that you would win. Do you share his optimistic thought?
Yes I think that he is right. I would be so motivated, but I would have Tim in my team.
How do you make Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin laugh?
It is not easy to make him laugh. He has a very dry humor, but sometimes you just have to laugh when he uses it.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Man on the ledge with Sam Worthington.
Thanks Marius for the chat.