Max Weber is a 28 year old 201cm forward playing for SC Rasta Vechta. He started his basketball career with SG Roterburg Cadet Team in 1999. In 2003, he moved to BBC Bayreuth. In 2004, he played for GHP Bamberg until 2006 having a license to play for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach. He was only able to play 6 games for Dirk Bauermann, but he won the 2005 BBL title. He played for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2006-2009 and also had a license to play for TV Langen from 2006-2008. He played 19 games in the BBL for Frankfurt in his three years and seven Eurochallenge games. In 2009-2010, he played for Giessen playing 28 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg. In 2010-2011, he played for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 60.0%. In 2011-2012 he played for BG Goettingen (1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg; German League: 33 games: 6.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 59.6%. Last season he played for the Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg (BBL): 32 games: 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg. He spoke to German Hoops after the 82-80 loss against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.
A tough 82-80 loss at home to the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Are these close game losses slowly becoming a nightmare for SC Rasta Vechta? It was the fifth loss of the season with three or less points?
We controlled the game for 37 minutes tonight and at the end we were missing that little luck to get the win. We fought until the end, but Bonn hit the big shots despite a good defense by us. I can only congratulate them. Of course it is once again very bitter to lose a game like this again, but we can´t stick our heads in the sand, but need to build on our performance.
Sc Rasta Vechta had the comfortable 28-17 lead after one quarter and led 42-35 at halftime. Was head coach Pat Elzie happy with the play after 20 minutes and had the game plan been followed to his liking?
I felt that we played a very good first half. We did exactly what we wanted to do on the defensive side. I think that we were more concentrated than in the other games.
Bonn made their run in the fourth quarter. Tony Gaffney and Benas Veikalas connected for the last two buckets securing the win for Bonn. Now looking back at the last plays, what could SC Rasta Vechta have done differently defensively to have won the game?
Despite Benas Veikalas making the last two shots in the game, the real game deciding moment was the steal of Jared Jordan six seconds before the end of the game.
SC Rasta Vechta have had guys come and go, but how valuable is American William Conroy and what is your impression of him? The guard duo of Richie Williams and William Conroy seem to be harmonizing nicely.
Will Conroy is a real leader and takes some of the stress from his shoulders. I feel that with these two guys, we have a very good back court that can compete with any other back court in the Beko BBL.
Wurzburg won again and now has two wins more than SC Rasta Vechta while medi bayreuth keeps losing. It seems like it will be between Tuebingen, Bayreuth and Vechta for the last remaining ticket for the Beko BBL. How confident are you that SC Rasta Vechta will stay in the league and what is the most important area that clubs needs to improve?
We are playing this weekend in Bayreuth which is a game that is very important for both teams. This will be a game with a lot of intensity. It is important for us that we keep the intensity up for 40 minutes. I think that if we can do that, that we will have good chances in Bayreuth. We continue to have small mistakes that we need to turn off. We continue to work very hard in practice and I am very optimistic for the game in Bayreuth.
This was supposedly the farewell game to Jared Jordan as rumor has it he will sign with Bamberg. Are you surprised that Bonn is making this move so late in season? Replacing Jordan is no easy task?
Jared Jordan surely isn´t replaceable. Therefore I am not sure if it was a good move by Bonn. But at the end, it always has to do with money in professional basketball. I think it is a shame for the Bonn fans and team.
Bamberg isn´t the invincible team that it once was and they haven´t had so much luck with point guards last season and this season. How much more dangerous are they with Jordan and is Bamberg back on the same level as FC Bayern Munich now in the title hunt?
Bamberg is still the team to beat if you want to be the Beko BBL champion. They were champion four years in a row and are still champion. I think that the concern is home made. They weren´t as successful on the international level, but can still win all German titles. Now they have an elite point guard that will be very good for their game.
The Beko BBL will miss the Jared Jordan to Tony Gaffney ally-opps, but maybe now he will team up with Ellias Harris or Rakim Sanders. Do you think that Jordan will have even higher assist rate with Bamberg?
It is hard to say what the assist rate of Jordan will be with Bamberg. Jordan won´t have to carry as much weight with Bamberg as he did with Bonn. Bamberg plays team orientated basketball. With Bonn, Jordan had the ball in his hands most of the time, but that probably won´t be the case anymore in Bamberg. But I think he could have even have better options on offense that he can use. Jared Jordan is an exceptionally gifted point guard that will come to terms with the Chris Fleming system quickly.
Do or die this weekend against Bayreuth. SC Rasta Vechta beat Bayreuth earlier this season 85-80. What do you remember from the win and what will be key to getting the win?
I remember the first game against Bayreuth as being a hard fought game. I think that this game this weekend will be the same. For us it will be important to control the key Bayreuth players. We have to be concentrated and focused for 40 minutes. We are the better team and need to step up with that self confidence.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
My last DVD was “This is the end” with Seth Rogan, James Franco and Jonah Hill. It was a very funny comedy where one can really relax to.
Thanks Max for the chat.