Joe Lawson is a 201cm forward from Indianapolis, Indiana playing his rookie season in Germany with the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA). He played at Indiana SE (NAIA) from 2010-2012 playing a total of 56 games and then moved to Indianapolis (NCAA2) where he played from 2013-2015 playing a total of 60 games and as a senior played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 78.0%. He talked to German Hoops after the big 60-59 win against Kirchheim.
Joe congrats on the big 60-59 win. You witnessed and played in a defensive battle with a game winning shot in one. How often have you played in this type of game in your career?
To be honest I haven’t played in a game like that since my childhood. I was glad to be on the right side of it.
The game was tight and Kirchheim was leading by four points after three quarters. With 52 seconds to go Gotha was down 59-53. With all the energy already exerted in the first 39 minutes, what was the biggest strength of the team in the last 52 seconds?
Well being down six with a minute left we knew we had time to make one more comeback. We just needed to get stops. So we stayed tough and composed and came away with a victory.
Talk about the last moments before the game winning shot where you and Carlton Guyton hit big buckets. Gotha forced probably the best Pro A point guard Richard Williams to back to back turnovers. Did that win you the game? With one play executed Kirchheim most likely would have won?
Yes those two stops were very key in our comeback win
How fitting was it that captain Marco Voller hit the winning shot? Was there a certain guy the last play was designed for or mainly whoever had the best play?
We ran a play that had multiple options but the defense couldn’t take away every one and Marco was open and knocked it down. Guys like Marco hit big shots like that
What kind of experience was it battling against robust American Dennis Tinnon?
Dennis Tennon is good player that is active down low
After winning six of the first seven games Gotha lost two games in a row to Paderborn and Vechta. Ok One can always lose to Vechta, but to Paderborn. What did head coach Chris Ensminger do to get the team back focused and winning the last two games?
Paderborn is not that bad of a team and after that loss we just had to regroup. Coach told us we have to stay focused and together when playing on the road. We did that against Kirchheim. There’s going to be ups and downs during the season. We just have to put losses behind us but learn from them.
Gotha is a team that is kind of a dark horse that could do damage in the playoffs. How much potential does this team have?
This team has a lot potential.
You scored double as much at Indianapolis(NCAA2). Has it been a tough adjustment coming to a team where there are so many talented players?
It’s not necessarily tough I believe it’s better because any night anybody on our team can score the ball and that makes us harder to guard compared to teams planning to stop one guy.
What is your personal goal as a rookie besides winning and what do you still want to improve in your game?
I think Everything about my game needs improvement
You are a guy that can do much on the court, but what do you believe is a hidden strength that doesn´t always get noticed right on the court?
My passing ability as a big man
Chris Ensminger is in his third year as head coach with Gotha and continues to do strides. As a former center and top rebounder in the Beko BBL, how has he helped you as a rookie on the court most so far?
Coach has helped me a lot. As a rookie I am lucky to have a former big man who was successful for a long time telling me how the game is played.
You had your best scoring game as a senior at Indianapolis against S.Indiana scoring 31 points. Was that your personal best game or did you have a better one?
My favorite memory was going to the sweet 16 senior year in the NCAA2 tournament. Because the year before we were one game away from there. And we also got revenge against Michigan tech along the way.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Brennan Mcelroy?
I didn’t always win against Brennan but I’m up a couple in our series .
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breathe as a Michael Jordan?
I’m not the biggest LeBron fan but I respect that he is one of the best to ever touch a basketball. I wouldn’t compare him to MJ until he gets more championships or retires then you can really look at both careers side by side
Thanksgiving is around the corner. What was your fondest childhood memory of this holiday growing up in Indianapolis?
Just being around family at that time of the year is a blessing.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I can’t remember the last movie I seen I been watching a lot of TV series.
Thanks Joe for the chat.