Richard Williams is a 28 year old 178cm guard that is playing his first season with the Kirchheim Knights averaging 18,3ppg, 8,5apga and 4,0rpg at the moment. He recently played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): EuroChallenge: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg, 2.0spg; German BBL: 9 games: 8.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 48.0%, FT: 70.6%, in Jan.’15 moved to SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 4.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg. He is a very fast guard that can play either one or two. Great at pushing the break. Can score by shooting the three or using his explosiveness to beat his man. Gets to the basket and scores in traffic. A specialist in steals that uses his quickness to intimidate on defense. Great ball control. Gets the whole team involved when playing the point but can takeover a game at any time. He started his basketball career at San Diego St. (NCAA) in 2005 where he played until 2009. In his senior year he played 36 games: 7.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.5%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for The San Diego Surf (ABA), in Jan.’10 moved to FSU Selfoss (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 8 games: 27.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 72.7%. In 2011-2012, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProB) 33 games: 18.3ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-4(5.7apg), Steals-2(3.2spg), FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for SC Rasta Vechta playing 38 games: 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), Steals-1(2.5spg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 79.9%. In the 2013-2014 season for Vechta he played 34 games: 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3(1.9spg), FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 82.7%. Last weekend, he helped steer Kirchheim to a 88-75 win with 11 points and 11 assists, but spoke to eurobasket earlier after the loss to Gotha.. He spoke to German Hoops about the first half of the season.
Richie thanks for talking to German Hoops. You were recently back home for the holiday season. Besides seeing family and friends what is something that never gets old in the city of San Diego?
I always make my first stop at the taco shop. I had it every day for that whole week I was home
What new year resolutions has Richard Williams the professional basketball player and the person made for 2016?
I’ve don’t have any yearly resolutions but I do have some lifetime resolutions that I continue to work on. Don’t waste time, don’t take anything for granted and be grateful for my health.
After losing the first game by a point to Gotha, how much more did it hurt to lose to them again and then also having to play the extra five minutes and lose then?
It doesn’t hurt but it is a bit annoying that we controlled both games and still found a way to lose them.
Gotha is a playoff team and could even be a team that you might face in the post season. What lessons did the team gain from these two tight loses that they will do better in the next possible meeting?
Maintain focus for the whole game. Too many mental errors when the game mattered most.
Kirchheim seemed to have control in the overtime period, but let it slip away at the end. Was it the simple mistakes that let this win get away from you?
Defensive rotations down the stretch were a second late. Can’t have those breakdowns at crucial points of the game.
You had another good scoring and assist game at 14/14, but had 6 turnovers. How long did you think over this loss until it was digested?
Not much. I mainly think about did I give everything I had on every possession, not mistake and what could have been.
Do you point the finger a bit at yourself for not being more productive in the OT period?
When my team isn’t successful I always ask myself what I could have done better or differently to change the outcome.
Despite the first loss of the season the Kirchheim Knights finished at 11-5 at the Christmas break. What was your first half summary?
We were actually 11-4 at the break but I felt we should have been 11-2. Gave a couple games away to last second shots but that’s just extra motivation for the second half.
Except for a 7 game winning streak, Kirchheim has been up and down. What will the team have to do to be more consistent in the second half of the season?
Getting better. We can’t take days off. Winning is never easy even though it can look that way at times
Despite giving up only 65 points per game, what do you feel can the club still do better on the defensive end that will spark the defense even more?
Always play with energy. Defensive is primarily made up of effort.
German Andreas Kronhardt had some strong games early against Chemnitz and Jena, but had his real breakthrough against Gotha with 25 points. How vital will his play be down the stretch for the club to be successful?
Andy had a great game and that’s huge for his confidence. Playing with that type of aggression and focus can help take this team to another level.
Keith Rendelmann is having a very strong season and a main contributor with you to the success. What do you like most about his game?
His approach. He doesn’t complain about touches, playing time or anything. He always play hard and he’s a great listener. Great teammate all around.
How much fun are you having this season running the offense and how is it different to your teams in Hannover, Vechta and Frankfurt?
Every team and season is different for all kinds of reason. This season has been fun this year mainly because of my health. I can move and do things with confidence now that I feel good.
You are having your strongest Pro A season in Germany in terms of scoring, assists and steals. Are you getting better with age?
I’m getting smarter. I’m getting better at picking my spots and playing with more tempo than speed.
Turnovers is something I stressed in our last interview. Your averaging 4,1 per game. What do you focus most on in practice in improving so you can cut this stat down in games?
I focus on getting those possessions back elsewhere, either by steals or offensive rebounds.
You were very close to a triple double against Cologne. Do you think that we will see a triple double from you this season?
We’ll see. I just do my best to make winning plays, the stats will take care of itself.
Do you see Steph Curry hitting for 70 points in a game this season?
All is possible with Steph Curry on the court. Haha
What was the last movie that you see?
Thanks Richie for the chat.