Braydon Hobbs is a 24 year old 196cm point guard that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA). He started his basketball career in 2008 with : Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. Last season he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also palyed two summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops before game one against the Giessen 46ers.
Braydon congrats on the big 83-63 playoff win at home against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. You have played in Spain, Australia and Hungary before coming to Germany. In how many of these type of games had you been involved in in your career being down in a 2-1 like situation and how often did you win?
I have been fortunate to play in the playoffs in every country I have played in. I have only been in one situation like that before though. We were down 2-1 in the semifinals in Spain and we ended up losing that series. I’m glad our team was able to battle back and win the series.
After an even first quarter, Nurnberg held Essen to 18 points in the second and third quarters. What adjustments did the team make on defense to stifle Essen in their offensive sets?
I think we managed to play better team defense after the first quarter. We were struggling with 1 on 1 defense and help side defense, I think we took better care of those two things in the 2nd quarter.
You led your team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Did you make yourself an extra promise before the game the way you wanted to play or was this very important game just another game for you where your confidence was high enough for you to perform the way you know how without putting unneeded extra pressure on yourself before the game?
I think this was a very important game 5. I told myself to leave everything I had out on the court. Our team was extremely focused because it was a do or die game for us. There was no added pressure but we just needed to do what we have did all year.
The Golden State Warriors have the splash brothers and Nurnberg have the Young and Hobbs brothers. How blind is your understanding with him on the court? How has it grown during the season where you can easily pick the moments when who does what to bring success to the team?
I think we are a much better team when both of us are on the court together. We understand each other’s strengths and that helps us feed off each other. We try to do anything we can to help the team be successful.
How important was German Robert Ohle? He only had four points and three rebounds, but was big on defense with four blocks. The big men match ups will be interesting against Giessen especially with Ohle playing against his old team
Robert was huge for us in the win. He has been that way all year. He can really mix things up in the paint and that helps our team defense big time.
How proud are you of your team? What was the atmosphere like when the team was down 2-1? Was this we believe feeling always there in the minds of your teammates?
I’m really proud of the team because we never gave up. We never counted ourselves out of the series. We have been a competitive team all year so we never believed we were going to lose. We had confidence and were able to pull through.
Nurnberg held Essen to 66 points in the four game series. What was the biggest strength on the defensive end that led the team to being so consistent?
I think our biggest strength was that we played solid team defense the entire series. We obviously had a couple minutes here and there that weren’t the greatest, but overall we really worked together on that aspect of the game. We had to focus on 1 on 1 defense as well.
Nurnberg now faces Giessen. Giessen is one of the top defensive teams in the German Pro A. Can we expect a defensive series?
Giessen is definitely a great defensive team. They can shoot the ball well also so it’s not only their defense that can hurt you. I don’t think it will be strictly a defensive series because both teams can be really good offensively as well.
Nurnberg lost both games against Giessen by a combined point total of only nine points, but you averaged 79 points which is extremely high considering how well Giessen defends. Does the confidence level of your team rise knowing that you have had success against them this season be able to score consistently?
I’m not sure if the confidence level rises because of that. I think if we execute and take care of the basketball then the offense will take care of itself.
Giessen has a very solid roster that plays amazing team basketball. Nurnberg saw them twice this season and you can´t key in on 1-2-3 players because each guy can go off at any time. What will be key in getting to the final of the Pro A?
They are a very deep team with multiple options. They are one of the deepest teams in the league. I think our defense will be key against them. It’s been the key for us all season long. They can play a lot of different players but hopefully we can manage to play solid team defense to help limit them.
The other semi final pits Wurzburg against Gotha. You can never underestimate them with Chris Ensminger as head coach. How do you see this series? Could Gotha make an upset?
You can never underestimate any team at this level. Anything could happen in the playoffs as well. It will definitely be a competitive series because that’s how Gotha plays. They compete every game so it will be interesting to see what happens.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last DVD movie I watched was American Sniper.
Thanks Braydon for the chat.