Andrej Mangold(My Defense Doesn´t Get Noticed Right Away)

Andrej Mangold is a 26 year old 190cm point that recently finished his second season in the Beko BBL with the Telekom Baskets Bonn where he played 31 games: 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.0apg. He started his basketball career in 2004 with TK Hannover (Regionalliga. He then played for ) Oldenburger TB (Regionalliga) from 2005-2007. From 2007-2008, he played for Muenchen Basket (ProB): 29 games: 8.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 58.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for 2008-2009: FC Bayern Muenchen (ProA), left in Oct.’08, in Nov.’08 moved to Telemotive Muenchen (ProB, starting five): 22 games: 8.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (ProA, starting five): 25 games: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 69.1%. In 2010-2011 he played for the  Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 0.5ppg; also a license to play for SC Rasta Vechta (ProB): 2 games: 1.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg. In 2011-2012 he came to the Telekom Baskets Bonn (1.Bundesliga): EuroChallenge: 12 games: 1.8ppg; German League: 37 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg). He spoke to German Hoops about basketball during the regulat season 2012-2013

Michael Koch was since 2005 in Bonn and some say he was burned out, but he kept doing great work which speaks for him. How did he keep this consistency?

We have been up and down this season, but one of the reasons why I came to Bonn was because of Mike Koch. He has good coaching qualities and I had only heard good things about him. And his record speaks for itself in that the team has only missed the playoffs one time since his arrival.

Jamel Mclean stepped up right away for Patrick Ewing junior. What are the biggest differences between both players?

Both are excellent players, but the biggest difference is that Mclean is more of an inside presence and not so from the perimeter the way Ewing is. Mclean is more of a zone player.

Kyle Weems is my unsung hero this season. What is his greatest asset on the court?

He has a very good shot and has really helped us in scoring. His biggest asset is just how well he has played this season despite being only a rookie.

Why do you think were some fans so critical of Mike Koch?

When you win then all is great, but once you start losing, the questions start to come to why. I think that this type of situation is everywhere when you lose.

You played  your second season in Bonn. Are you happy with your playing time?

I am happy with my playing time and that I am a consistent fixture in the rotation of Mike Koch. However the most important thing is that we are successful as a team.

How great is it having a teacher like Jared Jordan?

It is great having him as a teacher. I don´t think that there is a better point guard in the Beko BBL now. I can learn so much from him especially the small things. I always try to talk to him and pick up little things.

What is the most important thing that you have learned from him?

His best trait is that he stands for unselfishness. A great thing is that he first tries to find his teammates, but when an opponent takes his assist away and forces him to score than he is able to do it on a consistent rate. He always makes the right decisions and I don´t think that there has been a team that has totally taken him out of the game

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?

My defense doesn´t get noticed right away. My role is to defend the opponents best player that is on the court. We have so many scorers on the team that I am content of getting my 2-3 shots per game and when I do get them try to hit them at a consistent rate.

On what things do you still need to work on?

I can improve on the whole package like having a more stable shot or my ball handling.

What is your nicest memory with ex NBA player Tony Gaffney?

We are still good friends now and have contact. My nicest memory with Tony was beating an unbeaten Bamberg team at home for 2 years in game one of the playoffs with a buzzer beater. I don´t remember having a more emotional time on the court

How often did you give him ally-op passes?

Not many, because it was usually Jared Jordan, but I remember mostly a defensive rebound getting got and then the outlet pass going to Jordan and he making a half court ally op pass to Gaffney. But I do remember one time that I got the rebound looked for Jordan, but he was covered, so I gave Gaffney a rocket ally-op pass for the dunk

When will we see a Jordan to Mangold ally-op?

I doubt there will come one since I am not so athletic, but moreover a back door pass from him for the lay up.

What is the most interesting story that Patrick Ewing told in the locker room?

He played for some years in the D-league and just explained how tough it is playing there, because it is a showcase league where everyone plays for their stats in hoping to reach the NBA. There are very good 1-1 players in the D league.

What was your wake up call to the Beko BBL in Artland?

It took a while for my wake up call to come in the playoffs against Bamberg where Johannes Strasser got injured.

What was the most amazing thing that Tyrese Rice did on the court?

He is an excellent one on one player. He is very important for FC Bayern Munich now, but he was even more dominant when he played for Artland. He really showed how important he was in that five game series against Bamberg where he really showed his worth.

How did Florian Hartenstein get you to laugh?

I don´t really know, but Flo is a cool guy.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?


What was your most crazy shot that you made so far in your career?

I made a three quarter shot similar to the Jan Jagla shot in Wurzburg

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Thanks Andrej for the chat,.

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