Donald Lawson is a 26 year old 208cm center from Chicago that will play his fifth professional season in Germany and first with SC Rasta Vechta. He played with BV Chemnitz from 2010-2014 playing a total of 118 Pro A games and last season played 30 games: 9.7ppg, Reb-2(9.4rpg), 1.4apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5(1.3bpg), FGP: 47.0%, FT: 56.5%. He started his basketball career at W.Michigan (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 115 NCAA games. He recently spoke to German Hoops about basketball before he came to Germany to start the 2014-2015 season.
BV Chemnitz finished last season in 11th place with a record of 15-15. What were the main reasons for the club not being a playoff team?
Consistency and slow starts. As a team we played well at times, but we also had stretches where we didn’t play well on the offensive or defensive end as a unit. We also struggled to get a rhythm at the start of the second half.
It seems as if the competition level has risen in the German pro A in the last years. Is the talent level of Americans/Germans been increasing?
The talent level had always been good and it continues to get better. The German talents are developing quite well and teams are doing a good job of recruiting players to fit their system/style of play.
You were very close to double double stats in the German Pro A. You surely had aspirations of heading to the German Beko BBL. You signed with SC Rasta Vechta of the Pro A. Is the Beko BBL still a step too high for you?
As far as my career its a big step up, I am sure I can compete at that level, and have success.
SC Rasta Vechta have not been quiet about wanting to return right back to the Beko BBL next season with a very strong Pro A season. Was that one of the motivations for you wanting to go to SC Rasta Vechta?
My motivation is going out and competing every game, doing all that I can to help the team be successful in all of its endeavors.
Did you know that new SC Rasta Vechta head coach Stephan Arigbabu had a stellar basketball career and played with Dirk Nowitzki in the German national team. Did you have any talks with him? What was your early impression of him?
Yes, Coach Arigbabu and I have held a conversation, and I view him as a good person with a lot of basketball experience. I most certainly knew of his experiences as a player and his gritty style, and I am looking forward to learning more from him.
You are known as a hard worker that has a passion for rebounding and defensive intensity, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t get noticed right away?
I am very unselfish, I like to get my teammates involved no matter if that is setting a screen to get them open or assisting them to score. I feel that unselfish plays always leads to success.
You played four seasons with BV Chemnitz. If you look back what would be your all time highlight with BV Chemnitz?
The one moment/highlight that stands out the most was the 2012-2013 season when I was named defensive player of the year, it was truly an honor to be recognized for my abilities that may or may not show up on a stat sheet.
What was it like playing under a very young coach Felix Schreier? Where do you see him going as a coach as he gains more experience?
Coach Schreier was a player’s coach, who had his methods and specific systems, yet was always open to new ideas and adjustments that fit his player personal. With coaching ability there is no limit to the level of success he can achieve.
How does a normal summer work out day look like for Donald Lawson on and off the court?
Summer workouts consist of morning weights and conditioning, followed by an afternoon on-court workout and evening shooting every day except the weekend.
Which team will finish worse at the end of the MLB season Cubs or White Sox?
That’s easy The Cubs there always bad.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Donald for the chat.