Eric Palm is a 27 year old 185cm guard form Illinois that is playing his second season in Germany and first with the Giessen 46ers. He started his basketball career at McKendree (NAIA) in 2005 where he played until 2009 and as a senior played 35 games: 20.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3Pts: 38.3%, FT: 85.2%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with Thor AK (Iceland-D1) where he played until 2012 and in the 2011-2012 season played 11 games: 26.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 84.5%. In 2012-2013 he played for IR Reykjavik (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 22 games: Score-3(26.5ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT-1(93.9%).Last season he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 30 games: 15.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 84.1%. He spoke to German Hoops before game two against the s.Oliver Baskets Wuurzburg.
Eric congrats on the big 77-76 win in Wurzburg. How different does this win feel than a normal win in a best of five series since a win doesn´t mean much when its only by one point in a two game series.
This win was something special for us considering the circumstances at hand. We felt like we let one slip from us in Giessen this year, then they really put a smacking on us in Wurzburg. So for us to go in and get a hard fought W in Wurzburg, where no other team has won all season, meant a lot to us as a team, especially in the Finale series!
Still how good does this win feel? What did the team learn from the first loss in Wurzburg 75-54 that was translated into this win today?
When we lost in Wurzburg it was a slap in the face for us. It seemed to have woken us up a bit and showed us we had a lot of work to do. Any given night in the Pro A was a tough battle, that night they had it all clicking and they exposed us.
It was a very close game throughout and went back and forth in the fourth quarter as there were seven lead changes. TJ DiLeo said recently the team has learned not to panic anymore. Was this the case again that helped propel the Giessen 46ers to the win?
I think TJ is right when he says that. We have such a deep team this year that we can put our trust into many players, starters or bench. Any given night we have different guys step up and do some more than usual, so when things are going back and forth like they have been in the playoffs, we dont panic much because we have a lot of people who step up in big moments.
Describe the last seconds as Cameron Wells won the game with a jumper and Giessen forced German Ruben Spoden to a miss which decided the game?
I actually was on the strong side wing when Cam hit the 2 pointer to go up 1. He is our toughest guard to guard in an isolation situation and at that moment I saw Fenn switch on to Cam through a ball screen. At that moment I was quite shocked to see, but when he has the ball on a Yo-Yo he is an elite guard on the offensive end and proved why with his last shot.When Cam contested the shot on Spoden at the end, seeing the shot not go in and the refs didnt call anything, a rush of relief came through my mind. We lost a heart breaking game at home to them, with a last second 3 pointer for OT. This ending just basically gave us a sense of relief knowing how physical the game was for 40 minutes.
After scoring only four points against Nurnberg in game three in 14 minutes, you returned against Wurzburg scoring 14 points and hitting 4/4 three pointers in 24 minutes. Did you still have your 7 point effort in memory from the last loss in Wurzburg? Did the team rhythm help you get going in game one?
To be honest, I didn´t even remember the 4 points in Nurnberg the last game we played. I try to keep my eyes forward and try and help in any way possible for our games. This game I just happened to get to my spots and get clean looks when I was set up. My teammates know where we are on the court, and if I can get my body set around that line it is where I can be at my best. I know there will be games I don´t make everything, I just try and be ready to do whatever is necessary on the court to help us win.
How deceiving can stats be? Giessen shot 59% from outside, won the rebounding duel and had three less turnovers and won only by one point. How scary is that? Does that almost mean Giessen will have to play even better on Sunday at home to win the Pro A title?
That is hard to believe when looking at it on paper. However, you have to put in perspective how good Wurzburg really is, they aren´t 34-4 on the season for no reason. When you look at the amount of turnovers each team had and they capitalize on a lot of them in transition, plus having Medlock, Betz, and Spoden shooting so well at the end of the game. It will always be close with Wurzburg when that is all happening. Sunday it will have to be a game played well by both teams in order to win, it will be a war zone out there.
How excited are you about game two on Sunday? Giessen has won the last 10 games at home dating back to December 2014 losing to Wurzburg. How content are you that Giessen won´t lose again against Wurzburg at home? What will be key in getting the win?
We are excited at the possibility to raise the trophy in front of our home crowd in Giessen on Sunday. It is really hard to win in Giessen behind the huge support we get in Osthalle, but Wurzburg was the best team this year for a reason, it will be tough to win but it is our game to lose. We just have to keep doing what we have been doing that has made us successful all year, playing hard nosed defense and not allowing Wurzburg to be comfortable all night.
Have you been surprised that the Chicago Bulls have had problems with the Memphis Grizzlies? If they get by how do you see their chances against the Cleveland Cavaliers?
I wasnt too shocked when the Bulls were struggling with the Milwaukee Bucks first round. I told a lot of my teammates that they may struggle because Milwaukee has so much length and height on their team, plus that young fearless attack attitude they have gives them an edge. However I also said their lack of experience will bite them in the end, hence the 58 point blowout loss at home to the Bulls to close the series. I think the Chicago Bulls have a good chance vs Cavs especially with Love (Out) and JR Smith (suspended 2 games).Bulls in 6
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Eric for the chat.