Dashaun Wood(Alba Berlin) The NBA Made Me Use My Left Hand

Dashaun Wood is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his third season in Germany and second for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5(16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4(3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2(42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.’08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. In 2010-2011, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1(19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2(5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played  German League: 37 games: Score-5(15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4(4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1(5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%. He spoke to German Hoops about his experience playing against the Dallas Mavericks.

Alba Berlin played an exhibition game against 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. How much did this game mean to you?

This game meant very much to me. As a player you always want to play at the highest level. I have played Eurochallenge, Eurocup and will be playing Euroleague this season. Now I played against an NBA team. At the end of my career I will be able to say that I have played at every level.

It was an interesting game, but Dallas won 89-84. What was key for the Mavericks winning this game?

They made big free throws and shots at the end, but we were close. We cut the lead to two points, but Delonte west hit a big shot from the corner. We stayed with them cutting lead back, but Dirk made two big free throws then.  Shawn Marion then got  a huge offensive rebound. They always made big plays and never let us get the lead.

How much didn´t  you like the NBA ball that was being used?

The NBA ball and the ball used in Europe are different. The NBA ball feels like an outside ball and is a lot heavier. We missed a lot of open shots that we usually would have made.

How happy were you with your own game getting nine points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals?

I wouldn´t give my game an A. I was just happy that I got a chance to play against these NBA guys.

Did you know any of the Dallas Mavericks personally?

No I didn´t. I have seen many of those guys around at Summer League or on TV. I have followed the career of Delonte West and OJ Mayo long before they turned professional. It was just awesome to be able to play against them.

Were you able to exchange some words with Dirk Nowitzki?

No Dirk was a pretty buys guy on the weekend. It was like a coming home party for him. Just being able to play competitively was enough for me.

How much of a challenge was it playing against Darrin Collison?

It was a big challenge playing against him. He is a very good player that has NBA playoffs experience. He is a great defender. Playing against a guy like that it was all about how well one could do against him.

What was your personal favorite play of the game that you will always cherish?

I made the first two baskets with my left hand. Both were transitions baskets. I made the first over OJ Mayo with my left hand and the second also. The NBA made me use my left hand.

Was there any trash talking?

No none of that. We would just talk about how hard we have worked this season to get here.

How important was it to have your dad watch you play against the Dallas Mavericks?

It was very important to have him there and watch me play. It was always a goal and a dream for me to get to a game like this. My dad helped me get to this level and it was great sharing this moment and all the hard work I have done to get here with him.

Alba Berlin has a very talented roster, but also a very talented youngster with Nihad Djedovic. How much potential does he have and could he steal the spotlight from some of the veterans this season?

I like his game a lot. At every practice I have amazed at what he can do. He can do so much on the offensive and defensive end. He is such a smart player as well. I am always telling him in practice how much I like a certain pass or move from him. He is so young, but has already played at such a high level. So far in my career there hasn´t been a player where I could say that he has amazed me in practice until him. He does things where you really have say wow. He has a very high skill level.

How is the relation of Sasa Obradovic and you? It seems like you are on the same page. Is cuddling an option in the future?

We have been on same page since day one. I understood from the start that he was a greta player for Alba Berlin and won as a coach. I wanted to learn from him from day one. I think that I have become a better player with him as coach. I think that with me learning more and more in the future that our relationship will get even better.

What do you miss most from Quantez Robertson of the Fraport Skyliners?

I miss his athleticism and ability to control a game on offense and defense. I believe that to this day that he is the only player in the Beko BBL that is as fast as me. He always does the little things that don´t turn up on the stat sheet. He can control a game without putting up the big numbers.

How will your Detroit Lions do this season?

I am officially done with them. They have upset me too much in the early going of the season. It is unbelievable how they have been losing games. But My Detroit Tigers up 2-0 in the MLB playoffs. At least I am a little lucky with them

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Lockdown with Master P.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.

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