Lamar Mallory is a 198cm forward from Dayton, Ohio playing his first season in Germany with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB). Last season he started his professional career with the Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL, starting five): 5 games: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 57.9%. He played at Glenville St. (NCAA2) and as a senior played 25 games: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: NCAA2-2(68.1%). He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.
Lamar thanks for talking to German Hoops. You sat out last game. Are you ok? Will you play this weekend against Frankfurt?
Yes I am ok. I had a small leg injury but I am back 100 percent now and will play this Sunday.
Lich is a better team than their record shows isn´t it? It has four wins only, but were close with Wurzburg, Leipzig and Weissenhorn.
I believe we can play much better than we are playing. We have been competitive in almost every game but just haven’t finished like we should.
Besides rebounding is defense the biggest building block as the team gives up 78 points per game. What needs to improve in this area?
We play a different style of basketball than anyone else in the league. We just have to trust our coach and bring energy and effort every night we play.
The team has been up and down as of late. Do you see it being able to win a few more games before the Christmas break to get higher in the standings?
I think we have a good chance of winning our next two games.
The next game is against Frankfurt that have inside presence. What will be key in getting the win?
Just focusing on intensity and effort. If we focus on that we will come away with the win
How much of a joy has it been playing with Elijah Allen? What is the biggest asset that he gives the team on the court?
It has been great playing with Elijah. I think the biggest asset is he can do a little bit of everything on the court.
How important has Nil Angelats been for the success of the team? The Spaniard is still young and has played 2 Endesa games, but mostly in the fifth league EBA in Spain. He has never had as high an assist rate as with Lich.
Nil has been great. He has a high basketball IQ and it’s a lot of fun having him as our point guard.
A guy I saw play last season a bit was German Jan Moritz Overdick. How much potential does he have in your eyes?
Moritz is a great kid. He has gotten better every single week. I see him turning into a really solid player if he keeps working hard.
You are playing you’re your first season in Germany with the Licher Basket Baehren. Stat wise you are the leading scorer and doing a very good job. Your first real professional experience was with Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) playing 5 games: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 57.9%. How was the adjustment coming from Australian to German basketball?
I think the speed of the game is a lot faster. Players also are not as big and a lot younger it seems. I am thankful for another opportunity to show what I can do on the court.
You are an undersized big man. Has the surprise effect been big in your career? Teams seeing you for the first time and not believing what you can actually do with your height at that position?
I’m not really sure. I dont consider myself a big man. I just go out their and play. Doesn’t matter the position I play to me really. I just want to play hard on defense and offense to win games!
You are a very strong rebounder. Is it just about the normal blabla that its timing and anticipation or have you studied a lot of film of great rebounders to help your game?
I use my athletic ability for rebounds most of the time. Each game I set a goal and work my hardest to achieve it.
How important has Joan Rallo Fernandez been for your game. How has his Spanish influence helped your game develop further?
Joan has helped me a lot. He is a good coach and a good person. His play style is different than what I´m used to. Every day I try to learn as much as I can and try to adapt to the things he wants. He has taught me a lot of things tactically that I did not know and I am thankful for it.
You played at Glenville State(NCAA2). How did head coach Stephen Dye help prepare and groom you best for a professional basketball career?
I dont know where my career would be without Stephen Dye. He helped develop me into the player and person I am today.
Did you ever hear about the Marian Schick airplane story? He made it into Germany´s most read newspaper Bild citing a crack in the window during the flight. Would you feel safe on a plane with him? Check the link http://www.bild.de/news/leserreporter/boeing-787/fensterscheibe-bekommt-risse-im-boeing-dreamliner-28090158.bild.html
Haha no I have not heard about this but I will make sure to ask him.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Jordan Mccloud in your senior year?
I would win for sure
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Do you ever see him being mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
Lebron is the best player on the planet but Michael will be the best player to ever touch a basketball.
What is your fondest childhood memory during Thanksgiving? Is their a specific food or football game in past years that stands out?
I dont have a specific memory really. I just enjoy spending time with my family whenever I get a chance to.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Lamar for the chat.