Donald Lawson is a 27 year old 208cm center from Chicago that is playing his sixth professional season in Germany and second with SC Rasta Vechta. He played with BV Chemnitz from 2010-2014 playing a total of 118 Pro A games and two seasons ago played 30 games: 9.7ppg, Reb-2(9.4rpg), 1.4apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5(1.3bpg), FGP: 47.0%, FT: 56.5%. Last season for SC Rasta Vechta he played 25 games: 5.0ppg, 4.8rpg. He started his basketball career at W.Michigan (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 115 NCAA games. He spoke to German Hoops after the win against the Hamburg Towers.
Donald congrats on the big 70-52 win against the Hamburg Towers. How good does it feel to have won 10 games in a row?
It’s always a good feeling to win but we’re focusing on one game at a time and trying to improve each and every game.
Can you remember what your highest winning streak was in college and as a professional?
This may be the longest streak I’ve been a part of professionally. The other was my high school state championship team (Leo Catholic High School) the only things you remember is the good times and the tough journey.
Except for the wins against Essen and Nurnberg, you have kept every opponent to less than 63 points in the 10 game winning streak. You held Hamburg to seven points in the first quarter. How important is it in general to have the defense on the same page early?
Having a good defensive scheme is key to the success of any team, we just embrace it and know we have to grind on the defensive end to stop teams from finding rhythm.
The offense sputtered a bit in the second and third quarters, but in the fourth came alive again shutting the door on Hamburg scoring 20 points. What was key in the last 10 minutes to breeze to the win?
We fed off our defense, it fueled us on the offensive end especially late; it helped us get the lid off the rim and shots began to fall. It wasn’t a breeze. It was tough game Hamburg fought to the very end
SC Rasta Vechta is packed with offensive power, but how gratifying is it that even when you don´t play your best offensive game, you still win because the defense is working well?
Any given night we can have a great offensive output, but our backbone is defense. Which will always be something we can count on to be our core and something we can build off every game.
SC Rasta Vechta obviously have played very well defensively in the 10 game winning streak, but what else has been key that has made you so successful?
Our competitiveness as a unit against opponents, but most importantly how we compete in practice. We are always pushing each other to get better so we can play at a high level on game day.
SC Rasta Vechta is marching on and in the direction of the Beko BBL. However the post season is still long. How well is the team taking the success and also knowing the season is still very long?
We are approaching things game by game. The playoffs will come, but we still have to finish the regular season strong so we can maintain momentum going forward.
It seems like the team is doing everything right at the moment. It is averaging 84 points a game. 84 points is a lot, but with the overwhelming talent on the team do you see the offensive power will still be able to grow in the stretch run?
Growth in any offense is always good, as long as we execute and defend well I think it’s possible.
How important was the pick up of American Devin Gibson who is another talented guard for your very potent guard rotation?
Devin was a good addition, he was a perfect fit for our team.. His defense has been great and he has brought more experience.
Despite averaging only 13 minutes, you continue to be effective averaging 4,3rpg and leading the team in blocks with 1,3 per game. Is winning and being efficient the two biggest goals for you at the moment?
I want to be effective and efficient as much as possible. Everyone on the team sees the big picture and we understand what we have to do to win. I just want to make an impact each and every time I am on the court.
How has the work horse Christian Standhardinger grown as a player this season? He took a step back from the BBL to redefine his game in the Pro A.
Chris is a work horse who has been playing well. We count on him to play at a high level each game and he continues to improve in varies ways especially scoring and rebounding.
How often have you heard your teammate Derrick Allen marvel about the success of his old team Fraport Skyliners who currently have a 12 game winning streak?
DA just focusing on helping us win here; I’m sure he notices the result and scores from teams he had played on. But his main focus his helping Rasta Vechta be successful
Who will win Super Bowl 50 Denver or Carolina?
The Carolina Panthers
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Donald for the chat.