Patrick Richard is a 25 year old 196cm swingman from Carencro, Louisania that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL for the Mitteldeutscher BC. He played four years at Mc Neese St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games: 18.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 76.9%. In 2012-2013, he started his professional basketball career being drafted by the Iowa Energy (D-League) and played at Sandringham Sabres (Australia-SEABL-East, starting five): 24 games: 18.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.7%. Last season he played in Holland for Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 38 games: Score-4(15.3ppg), 4.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 78.9%. He spoke to German Hoops before the 2015 Beko BBL Allstar game.
Patrick thanks for talking to German Hoops. A bitter 86-82 loss in Ulm. How long will you have to digest this loss? The Mitteldeutscher BC had their chances to have won this game?
Right now of course we have a break so maybe that can help us regroup! And yes we had plenty of chances to win the game we just didn’t make the shots or get the stops when needed
After starting the season with a 7-2 record and having much euphoria in the wolf den, the club has suffered a 7 game losing streak. What has happened to this team in the last seven games?
Yea we are on a big losing streak and we have lost a lot of close games! At the beginning of the season those close games we were winning them! Also in some games we had gotten away from what had gotten us off to the great start we were on! Playing together as a team on both ends!
MBC could very well be 11-5 now as the team lost four games by four or less points. Besides executing in crunch time better on what other aspects of the game does the club have to work on more in the second half of the season?
In the second half of the season we just need consistency in the effort in every single game! The score will tell us at end of games how we played regardless who the opponent is!
The goal was always to stay in the league, but MBC is still near the playoff places. Was their any positives that the team could take out of the last weeks and take into the second half of the s Of course on a seven game losing streak people would say how can you have positives?
But I believe we have plenty of positives to take away from the first half of the season! A lot of guys have been stepping up and playing much better it’s just so many small mistakes we have been making that have to be limited in order to win.
In single game performance where do you rate your 32 point game effort against Bayreuth when you look back at your seasons in Holland and Australia?
Well that game was a great shooting night for me personally BUT we did lose the game so I’m not happy about that. But It just shows improvement from season to season for me personally
Ryan Nicholas had his break out game in Ulm with 22 points. How important was this game for him and the club and do you see him having more of a role in the second half of the season?
It was a great game for Ryan. He works very hard and I believe it’s all about confidence with him. He has been improving each week and he will be very important for us moving forward.
Congrats on being named to the German 2015 Beko BBL Allstar team? How excited are you to being a part of this?
Thanks for the congratulations! And it is a great honor playing in the game against some great players and with some great players! This league is one of the top leagues in Europe so being selected as an Allstar is a honor and I am excited about it.
What is your overall impression of the format International vs national? Do you think this format spices up the competition a bit?
Well it’s my first year being apart of it so first hand I don’t know much about it all. But from the looks of it I like it. It will build probably more competition between the two all star teams with the Germans versus The international players.
Is there a player that you are excited to be playing against and what teammate are you most excited to be playing with?
I am not over excited about playing with anyone in particular BUT it will be great to meet guys in that type of environment. Basketball is a universal language so the conversations should all be good.
Do you have any friendly wagers with teammate Christian Standhardinger about which side will win?
Me and Christian actually haven’t even talked about it really. We just congratulated each other about the honor of being selected to play
How did you celebrate your first Christmas in Germany and what new year resolutions did you make?
My first Christmas in Germany was actually like being back home! My family from back home came here to visit. Mom dad sister niece brother in law and my fiancé all came here to visit me! That was a great feeling to have family here in that time!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was equalizer with Denzel Washington.
Thanks Patrick for the chat.