Gerald Robinson is a 26 year old 189cm guard from Nashville, Tennessee playing his fourth professional season and first with JSF Nanterre (France-ProA). He started his basketball career in 2007 with Tennessee St. (NCAA) where he played two years and played 62 NCAA games. He then moved to Georgia (NCAA) playing a total of 65 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games: 14.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 79.7%. He Started his professional basketball career in 2012 with Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Ethias League, starting five): 28 games: 14.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 77.5%. In the 2013-2014 season he played with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Winner League): 28 games: 12.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 76.8%; Balkan League: 14 games: 13.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 46.4%, FT: 84.1%. Last season he played with VEF Riga (Latvia-LBL, starting five): VTB United League: 25 games: Score-3(17.8ppg), 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 85.7%; Latvian LBL: 17 games: Score-1(17.2ppg), 3.3rpg, Assists-5(4.2apg), Steals-1(1.8spg), FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 88.2%; Eurocup: 10 games: 16.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-4(2.0spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 69.6%; Euroleague: 1 game: 14pts, 2reb, 1ast, 1steal. He spoke to German Hoops before the Eurocup clash against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Vechta.
Gerald thanks for talking to German Hoops. You will be facing off against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg on wednesday in Vechta. Will this be your first visit to Germany? What do you know about the country Germany and its basketball?
I don’t know much about German basketball, but one of my good friends Alex Renfroe who I grew up with plays in Munich. I have been to places like Duesseldorf and Cologne when I was playing in Belgium
You are playing your fourth professional season and first with JSF Nanterre (France-ProA). This is your fourth country after Belgium, Israel and Latvia. Does living the nomadic basketball life still go hand in hand with your youth?
Yes it does. I am a versatile guy and have no other variables at the moment from keeping me from moving around.
You are playing your first season with JSF Nanterre (France-ProA) and currently the team is 3-2 having won the first two, but currently have suffered a three game losing streak. What hasn´t the team been doing right anymore during the last three games?
We haven´t playing our brand of basketball that we know how. We haven´t been shooting well and just not clicking and being efficient. We continue to defend well, but we have to bring our offense to another notch if we want to win on a consistent rate.
In Eurocup play JSF Nanterre (France-ProA) has a 2-1 record. There are still some guys there from last seasons Eurochallenge win with Mykal Riley and TJ Campbell. How hungry are these guys as well as the team to make the next step and be successful in Eurocup play?
Everyone from the top to the bottom of the organization is hungry to win. The organization has won many titles and are excited and motivated to add another one. Our goal is to compete to win.
You have played with many talented guards in your career, but how trilling has it been playing with 175cm guard TJ Campbell this season. How much better does the creativity of both make the team?
We compliment each other well. We both have different styles, but we both like to get up and down the court and help each other out. It is really nice to play with a player like TJ who can create.
Last season you played for VEF Riga (Latvia) VTB United League: 25 games: Score-3(17.8ppg), 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 85.7%; Latvian LBL: 17 games: Score-1(17.2ppg), 3.3rpg, Assists-5(4.2apg), Steals-1(1.8spg), FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 88.2%; Eurocup: 10 games: 16.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-4(2.0spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 69.6%;. It was your best season as a professional. Do you feel pressure this season to put up numbers or does the deeper Nanterre team give you some breathing room?
I don´t think about it. I go out perform to the best of my ability and hope will add wins to the win column.
You put up big numbers in the VTB league last season as well as the Eurocup. How do you feel were you able to improve your game last season best?
Last season it was the first time in my career that I was the go to guy and a guy where the defense focused on me. I think that being consistent is what I improved most. I don´t go out to play one great game and then five bad games. I want to always be consistent.
You can fill up the stat sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
I can´t think of one off the top of my head.
In your second professional season you played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Winner League). You had solid stats but won no hardware playing for head coach Sharon Drucker. Many Americans like Israel. What was your fondest memory from your year there?
I enjoyed the whole experience on and off the court. Off the court the weather was always nice. There is so much history there that I could go and see many sites. On the court we played in two competitions so I played many games and was able to learn a lot as the coach gave me time to gain experience.
As a rookie you played for Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Ethias League) playing 28 games: 14.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 77.5%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in europe where you knew you were far from home?
I didn´t have a wake up call. I never got homesick. We had 5 Americans on the team and three were rookies. With being so close to Holland, Germany and France, I could visit many places and be in a new country after a one hour drive. In the states it can take up to three hours to go from city to city. Being able to be in other places so quickly made the transition easier for me.
You played your first two college years with Tennessee St. (NCAA) and in your second season played 30 games: 17.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3Pts: 27.8%, FT: 77.2%. What were the main reasons for moving on to Georgia for your last two seasons?
I had many good offers from high major schools coming from high school, but chose Tennessee State. I did well in those two years against top major teams and decided that I wanted to challenge myself more so I went to Georgia. I was also still close to home.
Georgia had some good players, but didn´t make any noise at March Madness. When you look back at those two seasons what do you think was missing for more success?
The reason is March Madness as anything can happen in this time. We had great players like Trey Thompkins who plays for Real Madrid or Travis Leslie who plays for medi Bayreuth. We lost to a good Washington team.
How did Mark Fox prepare and groom you best for a professional basketball career at Georgia?
I learned so much from Mark Fox. He taught me not to choose a day to be great, but you need to compete every day and even on the days where your feeling bad. He helped me to become a man on and off the court.
You played a season with current Detroit Pistons guard Kentavicious Pope-Caldwell. Were you sure then he would be a future NBA player or a player that would go overseas?
I always knew that he would go to the NBA. He is a very talented kid. His energy and motivation to work hard stood out. He has the frame and skill to be a good defender and scorer. The NBA game fits his style.
What memories do you have of Marcus Thornton who is starting his professional career this season with Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Italy-Serie A)?
He is like my little brother. I am close to all guys I have played with. He isn´t undersized, but a physical four man. Once he understands the European game, I think that he will have long career there.
Who was the best player that you battled against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I can´t choose one as I played against so many.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
I don´t want to be a prisoner of the moment. I didn´t watch Michael Jordan when he was doing greatness.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Gerald for the chat.