Jeremy Black(BG Karlsruhe) You Can’t Pick And Choose Your Battles But You Just Have To Keep Fighting

Jeremy Black is a 27 year old 203cm forrwad from Tampa, Florida that is playing for BG Karlsruhe. He played at  Tampa (NCAA2) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played  30 games: 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, FG: 49.3%, 3Pts: 30.8%, FT: 72.1%. He turned professional in 2008 and since then has always played in Germany. He has only played for two teams with Science City Jena and is now playing his fourth season with BG Karlsruhe.Last season for BG Karlsruhe he played 39 games: 12.3ppg, Reb-3(8.8rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 49.6%, FT: 66.8% He spoke to German Hoops before the game against Crailsheim.

 

BG Karlsruhe suffered a tough 86-77 loss last weekend to Kirchheim. Kirchheim broke away in the second half to win the game. What was the main difference in the second half for getting another loss?

I think we lost a lot of tough ones over the last 10 games played, Kirchheim was no different. We gave up 47 points in the second half. Our lack of defense consistency and too many errors I think hurt us the most.

Had BG Karlsruhe shot better from the free throw line the way Crailsheim did, then you probably would have won the game. How agitating is that and will free throws be on the agenda this week?

Free throws are always critical I think in any game, however I wouldn’t say that lost us the game! I personally feel like we lost the game on the defensive end of the floor! When we cant score points you have to counter that by not letting your opponent score either.

After a nice playoff run last season, the hopes were very high this season, but it has been a season to forget. How frustrating has it been? Do you have any reasons why the club is at the bottom despite having a pretty nice roster?

I think everyone around the league wants to know the answer to this question. This year has been a complete opposite mirror image of last year. I’ve never been on a team with so many injuries. Every week its been someone different since pretty much preseason. Its frustrating but its life and you can’t pick and choose your battles. You just have to keep fighting.

Have you ever had a stretch in your career like this season where you have lost so many close games? BG Karlsruhe have lost seven tight games by less than five points. There was even a stretch where the club lost three games in a row by not more than 5 points combined. Is it more a mental problem or is the team not a crunchtime club this season?

I haven’t had a season like this ever in my career! I would say its bad luck I guess. I remember last season we won the last three of a five game winning streak by a margin of five points as well.

How badly does BG Karlsruhe miss Michael Stockton and are you surprised that he has fit in very nicely at the Beko BBL level?

I’m not surprised at all that Mike is playing well in the BBL. His game speaks for itself. He’s a fan favorite and an energetic leader, I don’t know what organization wouldn’t miss a player like him.

You are averaging 11,3ppg and 8,22rpg this season. How happy have you been with your season and what can still be improved most in your game?

To me I will always feel like I can improve in certain areas of my game; but the most important stat to me that needs to be improved for this season is more W’s less L’s

The next game is against Crailsheim. What do you remember from the 83-70 loss? Carlos Medlock hit you with 23 points.

I don’t remember much about the game but I do know Crailsheim is sitting second on the table and just had their 11 game winning streak snapped.

BG Karlsruhe plays for pride now. What kind of game can we expect and what will be key in getting the win?

I think we will go out compete just like every game! We don’t expect any team to have a pity party for us! We just have be consistent on both ends of the floor.

Lamar Odom is back and now in Europe for a Spanish team. Do you see him playing a role in Europe and can he get used to the style here?

I think Lamar is looking for the reset button on his career. I think europe is him starting over. He can adjust if he WANTS to be there.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I haven’t watched a DVD in a minute but I just finished the TV show, Breaking Bad!

 

Thanks Jeremy for the chat.

 

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