Ahmad Smith(Rent4Office) We Feel We Had A Chance To Win Not Playing Our Best Basketball And This Gives Us Confidence Going Into Game Three

Ahmad Smith is a 29 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his second season for the Rent4Office 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 game three against Crailsheim.

A tough 82-88 loss in game two. How well have you digested this loss?

I try not to get too high or low during the playoffs because of the short turn around in games. So it’s on to the next one.

How bitter was losing this game at home? With a win, you could be up 2-0 and go back to Crailsheim to seal the series.

We always take pride in winning in front of our home crowd especially in the playoffs.

In the fourth quarter, the game was tied 57-57 and Crailsheim took the lead and would never trail again. The game stayed tight, but Rent4office just could regain the lead. What was key at the end for Crailsheim winning on the road?

We didn’t make key plays and they did. Our defense wasn’t good enough in the fourth quarter.

You shot better as a team from outside and had 18 team assists. Does this give the team added self confidence going into Crailsheim to get a second straight win on the road?

We feel we had a chance to win not playing our best basketball. This gives us confidence going into  game three

X and o´s become  second nature and effort and heart and what else will determine game three?

Minimizing mistakes and knowing your strengths and weaknesses and what got you to this point.

BG Goettingen lead 2-0. Do you see any chance of Giessen forcing a game four?

Goettingen hasn’t lost at home all season so it will be tough. But anything is possible.

There are five 1-1 series in the NBA playoffs. Which series has surprised you the most?

The two 8 seeds winning on the road surprised me.

Why did the New York Knicks have a poor season? Would a guy like Carmelo Anthony be good seeing a change of scenery?

They had some key injuries early and fell too deep in the standings. Yeah I feel Carmelo should leave if he wants to win a championship soon.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Meet the Fockers.

Thanks Ahmad for the chat.







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