Jermareo Davidson is a 28 year old 208cm forward from Atlanta, Georgia that is was his first season for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL), but was recently relased. He started his basketball career for Alabama(NCAA) and played there from 2003-2007 reaching the NCAA Elite 8 in 2004. He got drafted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA,2rd(36) in 2007 and was traded to Charlotte Hornets. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.’08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2008-2009, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.’08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2009-2010, he played for the Golden State Warriors (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 27 games: 15.9ppg, Reb-1(10.7rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-2(1.3bpg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.8%. In 2010-2011, he played for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 4.0rpg; EuroCup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, left in Dec.’10, same month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 30 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-3(10.1rpg), 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 75.9%.Last season he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroCup: 6 games: 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 50.0%; German League: 26 games: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-2(1.7bpg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 77.3% He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
You recently were back in Frankfurt. What made you come back for a short visit?
My team in Turkey had a week break so I decided to come back to Frankfurt to visit some old friends. Some of the young kids who were fans now have become friends. It was a short 2.5 hour flight from Turkey so I came.
Did you see any ex Skyliner teammates?
I saw Devin Gibson and Quantez Robertson in the mall. I didn´t see a Skyliners practice. I would have liked to have seen Marius Nolte and the other guys.
What do you like about Germany?
That everyone speaks English. It also makes me not miss home as much when there is so much English speaking.
What made the Fraport Skyliners so strong in the second half of 2011-2012?
I think that the team finally found their chemistry. I was challenged to play better and I think that I met the challenge and stepped up. I would like to say that I was a big part of the success. The team also stuck together and always played together.
We miss your great fade away jumper, but now we have the great fade away jumper of Zach Peacock. What do you remember of his game?
To be honest, I don´t know much from his game, but I have heard that he has a great fade away jumper. I have much respect for him and wish him all the best for the rest of the season.
How did Jacob Burtschi make you laugh?
He is a natural comedian. He came to the team in the middle of the season and one would not expect a guy to talk much, but he had many funny stories. He also loved to quote my favorite comedian Gary Owens.
Who was the toughest player that you ever played against?
Chuck Davis. We played together in college and each summer. We know each others game inside out and have studied our games down to the core. There are always players that you can get away with things on the court, but not against Chuck.
Last season, you were the best shot blocker in the Beko BBL and this season your near the top in Turkey. What NBA shot blocker have you always admired?
To be honest, I don´t really pay attention to that. I would say a Lebron James who is more of an offside blocker coming from the help, something I like to do. One day I want to do it like Lebron and slap it against the rim. I like when Lebron slaps it on the rim, but I am not really sure he does that.
What have been the main reasons for Antalya struggling this season?
We have been playing well up until the fourth quarter, but then we can´t close out the game. It is always the small things like rebounds or defensive rotations. We also have a problem talking on defense.
You are bringing great stats in Turkey. Does the league fit your style?
I think that for me to be successful in general, it all depends on the team and what they want me to do and what they allow me to do. Teams like to see me with my back to the rim or setting screens. If teams let me roam around free, then that is when I can really produce. I don´t care as much about stats as I do about winning. I really want to win all the time.
You scored 32 points against Besiktas Istanbul. Did you notice early that you were in the zone?
Whenever I do get going then I am always in the zone. The way I am palying this season, you have only seen one half of what I can do.
Do you get extra motivation when you play against guys like David Anderson and Mike Batiste?
I am always motivated. When there is hype on a player, I always step up. I love to take the challenge, but it doesn´t matter if a player is known or not, I always bring it.
What is the most spectacular thing that you have seen ex NBA player Rodney Carney do?
He is always going 100 miles an hour. He is a high flyer that just loves to dunk over everyone. I had no idea that he could shoot so well, but if you give him just a little space, then the shot will most likely always go in.
How much potential does Jordan Theodore have who had a stellar career at Seton Hall?
I love his energy and hard work. He is so passionate for the game as well. I see him playing in the NBA. I love his game so much.
You told me last season that you wanted to play 2012 NBA summer league. What happened with that wish?
There is no place like the NBA. I didn´t get an opening last summer. They kept telling me that they would get back to me. I don´t know the reason if it was how I played last season in Frankfurt, but I don´t know. I will continue to try each season to get back to the NBA. I wont play in the D-league anymore.
With what person do you get most mistaken for?
It is usually rappers like Two Chains, Wakka Flat, Future, Bimarley or Mikey Moore. I have heard them all. Shaq actually called me Mikey Moore once. What rapper I get mistaken for usually depends how much hair I have
How is your rap career going?
I have made some new songs, but I only pursue it when I have time. Basketball still comes first.
What has been wrong with your ex team Charlote Bobcats? What are they missing?
Maybe they are missing Jermareo Davidson? I can´t watch basketball in general, because I always want to play. If I see mistakes, I want to correct it right away. I can´t watch NBA games, because it just hurts my heart so much. I want to be in the NBA so much. I just don´t follow the NBA, so I have no idea what your talking about concerning the Charlotte Bobcats.
The famous debate as who is better Kobe or Lebron?
Lebron still has time to develop and to get better than Kobe. Kobe has a maturity level that Lebron just hasn´t reached yet. Lebron still has a lot of room for growth.
What was the last DVD that you saw?
Thanks Jermareo for the chat.