Ahmad Smith is a 29 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his second season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA)12 games: 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 72.2%, in Jan.’13 moved to Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA, starting five): 19 games: 9.6ppg, Reb-4(8.5rpg), Assists-2(6.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 77.6% He played at St.Bonaventure(NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8(14.2ppg), RebA10-10(6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9(3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2(8.7rpg), Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.’10, in Jan.’11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played 35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to German Hoops before the game against Leverkusen.
Ahmad thanks for talking to German Hoops again. You missed the first few games and your back again having played four games. How difficult is it in general coming back from whatever injury and getting the feel for basketball again?
Its always difficult coming back from an injury in terms of your timing and conditioning. I’ve been back a couple of weeks now so its getting better.
A few days ago came the official announcement that head coach Martin ides had to step down. Were you surprised that the club let him go despite a 3-5 record?
I was surprised about the decision about Martin. Thats how this business is so I just try to focus only on the things I can control. I wish Martin the best of luck in the future.
Ides did a great job last season leading the team to the semi finals of the playoffs losing a tough 5 game series to Duesseldorf and this season had a record of 3-5. Was it not a bit early for making such an early season drastic change or were there other reasons that the team had to react?
In pro sports people only remember what you have done for them lately and forget about what you did in previous season thats how it goes. We lost the last games as a team so we can’t blame Martin for everything.
What have been the main reasons for the slow start? I feel that NBC is stronger on paper than last season or are the aspirations of moving up to the Beko BBL which NBC wants to do putting unneeded pressure on the team?
We had some bad luck early with injuries and we have started games slow in the 1st half. If we take care of our slow starts and play defense like were capable of we can turn our season around.
The team is stronger under the boards, but don´t have Zamal Nixon anymore. How much has his consistent scoring been missed on the team?
Losing a player like Zamal can hurt any team. When he is on the court the defense has to focus on him and it opens it up for other players especially me last season. We miss his scoring but everybody has to step up and play their role and we have players capable to do that.
How happy have you been with your own game? You assists are up, rebounds down, averaging 2,0spg. The minutes also seem to be down in general on the team.
I’m not satisfied with my play this season. I have to step up and make plays and put us in position to win games.
You have spoken highly of German Corneilius Adler already last season. How proud are you of his constant development as a player especially this season as he is currently the team leading scorer?
I’m really impressed with Cornelius as he worked hard last summer and its all paying off. He’s leading us in scoring and rebounding. His confidence is high and I believe he will have a great rest of the season.
The next game is against 0-8 team Bayer Giants Leverkusen that moved up from the Pro B this season. What is always the most important thing you need to do not to underestimate a team like that?
We shouldn’t underestimate anyone we are coming off of an embarrassing lost last week and need this win as much as any team.
Where will the journey of the Washington Red Skins end this season?
Hopefully we can finish at least 500. We are playing terrible right now.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
He got game.
Thanks for the chat Ahmad.