Michael King(Age Is Not A Factor, It´s The Mental part That Gets Players)

Michael King is a 35 year old 196cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that is looking to jump start his professional basketball career again. He played at George Washington from 1997-2001. In his senior year he played 32 games averaging 11.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 68.4%: Finished collegiate career as George Washington’s 18th all-time leading scorer with 1,327 points. In his first four professional years, he stayed in the States playing in the NBDL and CBA leagues. His dream to reach the NBA didn´t happen, so he decided to go to Europe. In 2005-2006, he played in Greece for Iraklis Thessaloniki playing 12 games averaging 17.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 76.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for AEL Limassol (Cyprus) playing 15 FIBA EuroCup games averaging 11.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 31.2%, FT: 79.4%. In 2007-2008, he played for Olimpia GE Larissa (Greece) playing 10 games averaging 15.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 71.0%. In 2008-2009, he continued to play for Larissa playing 16 games: averaging 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 76.7%:  and in the EuroChallenge Cup averaging 16.6ppg, 2.6apg, 3.8rpg 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the Beko BBL for  EnBW Ludwigsburg playing  33 games: 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 70.8%. In 2010-2011 he played for  DASH Peristeri GS Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): 15 games: 13.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.2%, in Feb.’11 moved to STB Le Havre (France-ProA, starting five): 10 games: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.7%. In 2011-2012 he played for : Ikaros Kallitheas (Greece-A1, starting five): 7 games: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 83.3%; left in Dec.’11 due to financial problems with the Club, in Feb.’12 moved to InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11 games: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 77.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

 

 

 

Michael thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how was your thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving was great and it was a time for me to enjoy my family and friends. I’m home in Maryland now.

 

You sat out last season and would like to continue your career. Were the offers for last season just not good enough that you decided to sit out the season?

I had offers in the beginning of the season of 12-13 but due to a death in the family I decided to stay home and be by my mothers side

 

How tough has it been not being able to strap on the jersey for a team somewhere? How have you been able to mentally cope with your inactivity?

It has been tough in the beginning because I know I have a lot to give to any team that I would play for. I have been staying in shape and working out every day. I know what it takes to be successful in Europe

 

You are 35 years old. What is the most difficult thing in your training regime now with age always playing more of a role how you stay fit basketball wise?

Yeah I am 35 now and I still do the same things I always did as far as workouts. I’m an active player when on the court, so I run a lot. Age is not a factor, it’s the mental part that gets players

 

 

When you look back over the last year, what have you missed the most from playing on the court?

What I have missed over the last year of playing ball is being with team mates and competing for a championship

 

You have played in 9 countries over your basketball career and between the 2010-2102 seasons bounced around four teams. Did the travel and moving around have a toll on you the last years?

Bouncing around In the years of 10-12 didn’t have an effect on me in my eyes. I just wish that the teams that I left for the other had better financial situations then. I would have never left

 

You have a very good basketball IQ. I can imagine this is a strength that never changes even with age. Is this something one can still practice by watching videos? I am sure you watched videos and just many games in the last year just to be up to date with the basketball world.

I stay in tune with European basketball because I played there. I have a channel that has euro league and euro cup games on every week. I’m the type of player that will watch video on the guard that I play that week to a point that I know if he likes going to his off hand and how many dribbles he likes to take before shooting

 

 

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

I’m a good point guard and sets up my teammates

 

 

If you could sell yourself to any team in the world how would you do it in  a few sentences?

I would sell myself to a team in a short sentence is to say that I’m a good leader, a good shooter, a good person and an all around player

 

What is your memory of the 2009-2010 season where you played with Ludwigsburg? The club missed the playoffs despite having talent. Was the team put together wrong or what were the main problems for not having success?

That 2009-2010 season was kind of difficult because of the misfortune with our team. I think that Ludwigsburg front office did a great job at putting the pieces together. In basketball your team just have to get hot at the right time. We started of fast and slowed down at the end.

 

 

Where would you rate ex teammate Michael Haynes in terms of athletic ability with all teammates that you have had in your career?

I would rate Mike Haynes at #1. His athletic ability is crazy

 

Would you like to play in Germany again? The league is getting more and more competitive each season.

I would love to play in Germany again! I had a great experience playing there.

 

In an interview we did four years ago you stated that playing in Greece was your best experience so far. What will you never forget from playing against the top Euroleague teams in Greece?

My experience of playing in Greece against the top two teams in Europe was very enlightening. I had two opportunities to beat them but came up short

 

Do you ever look back on your George Washington days and think what might have been with NBA had you not got hurt your junior year?

Sometimes I think about when I got hurt in college. But even after I got hurt I had opportunities at playing in the NBA. I just got caught up in what they call “The Numbers Game.” That’s when you like a player but there is no room to put him on your team

 

Sarunas Jaskikevicius was the smartest player that you have ever played against. Which player was the toughest guard in your professional basketball career?

Sarunas is the smartest point guard that I’ve seen in Europe

 

 

 

What dreams do you still have as  a professional? To go to a team to win a title is probably 100% in your mind, but what about going to a young team and just help the young kids develop?

The things that I still want to do as a professional is to win a championship but if there was a opportunity to go to a younger team that would be ok to. But the fact remains that I will be still trying to win a championship

 

 

What are your aspirations after your playing career? Could you imagine getting into coaching or in what basketball capacity would you like to get into or might you go a totally different route?

After my basketball career I would go into coaching. I have been around enough good coaches to learn how to win as a coach. I have came across great coaches from the US TO EUROPE!

 

Where will the basketball journey of the Washington Wizzards end this season?

I don’t know what the Washington future would be for the rest of the season

 

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

THE PURGE

 

Thanks Michael for the chat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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