Dawan Robinson is a 31 year old 188cm point guard from Philadelphia that is playing his ninth professional season and fourth in Italy. This season he is playing for OpenjobMetis Varese (Italy-Serie A. He started his basketball career with Rhode Island (NCAA) and as a senior in the 2005-2006 season played 26 games: 15.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg, FG: 39.8%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 79.7%. IN the 2006-2007 he started his professional basketball career for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProB) playing 22 games: Score-1(20.4ppg), 4.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 76.1%. In the 2007-2008 season he played for ASCO Slask Wroclaw (Poland-DBE): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 78.3%; Polish League: 34 games: 11.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 73.9%. He then played two seasons for Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2). IN the 2010-2011 season he played for the : Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 18 games: 12.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 75.7%, then moved to Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (Italy-Lega2) playing 15 games: Score-2(19.7ppg), 3.7rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-4(2.6spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 19.5%, FT: 78.6%. In the 2011-2012 season he remained with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 28 games: 18.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5(2.4spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 77.3%. In the 2012-2013 season he helped the Fraport Skyliners remain in the Beko BBL. Last season he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): 5 games: 14.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 6.7%, FT: 96.0%, left in Oct.’13, in Nov.’13 moved to GreenTops Netanya (Israel-Winner League) playing 24 games: Score-2(19.3ppg), 3.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 74.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Dawan thanks for talking to German Hoops. How are you and where are you at the moment and how is the Italian life treating you at the moment?
The Italian life is great as always I like to think this is my second home lol. I am currently at home lol
One could call you an Italian basketball veteran as you are currently playing for your fourth team there with OpenjobMetis Varese (Italy-Serie A). When looking at your career you have seen other European places as well, but does the Italian basketball style fit your game best?
I think the Italian basketball style does fit my game best! It gives you a lot of freedom at the guard position!
Currently OpenjobMetis Varese (Italy-Serie A) are struggling with a record of 6-9 and are in 13th place. Why has the process of finding consistency still not happened yet with the team?
I think we have made a lot of mental mistakes that cost us a lot of games. In my opinion we do have maybe the most talent on a team in the league we just have to put everything together and close games out. The chemistry is there and everyone gets along. We have a great group of guys here we just have to do some small things better like coming out with energy from the beginning.
You are reunited with Andrew Rautins again who was your teammate in Frankfurt. He seems to have found his range again after the long injury. How much fun is it having him as a teammate again?
It’s a lot of fun having Andy back. I am happy for him to respond with a big impact after the injury because I had a lot of injuries and I know what it’s like coming back from them. He is a great guy and he is very easy to get along with. He also brings attitude and determination to the court and that’s what I love about him. He does not back down!
How would you describe the shooting stroke of Andrew Rautins and is it finer than Italian wine?
His jump shot is like beautiful girls at the beach! A beautiful sight to see! No I’m joking! It really seems effortless. When he catches the ball half the job is done. His knees are bent, hands ready, fingers spread and elbow tucked in. If your not there just run back on defense because it’s good! Lolol Definitely like fine wine!
You aren´t the oldest as there are many veterans around you. What exactly is your role and is it fitting that there are so many other veterans around helping the younger players?
My role as the captain is to encourage them and lead them. I try to keep everyone ready and give help when needed. I also push them a lot and challenge them! We all have our ways of helping the team it doesn’t solely rely on one person!
You have been a very consistent scorer this season, but also have found your teammates whenever needed. How much of a challenge is it for you to be so consistent on such a deep team where many guys want to contribute and can?
You just have to be ready every game. I try to understand the importance of every game and come out and give it my all no matter what happens at the end. I also expect consistency from myself. I do that by putting the last game behind me and getting ready for the next game like it’s my first game.
Your time in Frankfurt seems like it was ages ago. It was a tale of two stories. First helping the team stay in the league and then having to depart early in your second season. What did you learn from this experience?
I don’t consider it a learning process. It was just a difference with 2 people. Things didn’t work out, so I felt as though partying ways was best.
Did the chemistry between you and Gordon Herbert just die in your second season? Misunderstandings can always happen, but it seems like coach Herbert takes his role with his starting point guard very seriously. It seems like his relationship has to be very good for all sides to have success and be happy.
There was never any chemistry between us. I think that was the problem. I respect him as a coach and I really think he is a good coach but we just didn’t click. I do think the point guard and the coach should have a great relationship and that wasn’t the case.
Your ex teammates German twin towers Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann have been developing very nicely. What were your nicest memories with them?
Just competing with them and watching their growth. You could tell they would be good players and it doesn’t surprise me to see them developing into two of the best young guys in the league. I also think they needed a coach like Gordie to push them.
After you left Frankfurt you finished at GreenTops Netanya (Israel-Winner League) putting up big stats with 9.3ppg), 3.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 74.8%. How proud were you of yourself that you came back and proved that you can fit in in mid season in another situation?
I was very proud! I knew I could and Netanya gave me a great opportunity. The team and the coaching staff was very welcoming and they gave me the opportunity to just play my game.
If someone had told you back in 2008 that your ex teammate Kyle Hines would win 2 Euroleague titles what would you have said? Hines is the perfect cindarella story of a guy moving his way up the basketball ladder.
You know Kyle was always hard working. When I would come in to shoot before practice he would be there too. In a way he pushed me because I didn’t want a younger guy out working me so I felt if I missed a day I would be slacking. So now to see him where he is it just lets you know hard work can take you anywhere. If anyone deserves to be that guy, it’s Kyle Hines!!!
Who wins a one on one you or Konstantin Klein? Is he tougher than a pit bull?
I would kill Konsty. Hahaha. He once called me old and said he would kill me running a suicide. We made a friends bet make sure the strength and conditioning coach was there and some witnesses and I killed him running the suicide. If I recall the last lap I ran backwards. (Ask him about that) The thing I love about Konsty is his confidence. If you beat him once he will keep coming back until he wins. He has complete confidence in his abilities. You can’t teach that.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was The Judge. Great movie lol.
Thanks Dawan for the chat.