Greg Logins is a 27 year old 203cm forward from Sodus, New York that is playing his fifth professional season and first in Germany with BV Chemnitz. He started his basketball career with Canisius (NCAA) in 2007 where he played until 2011 and as a senior played 30 games: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 45.4%, FT: 78.3%. In 2011 he turned professional and played for Barreteros de Zacatecas (Mexico-LNBP): 10 games: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 68.4%, left in Dec.’11, then joined RST Tanger (Morocco-D1) playing 15 games: 25.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, 0.9bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 69.5%. He then played for Lappeenranta NMKY (Korisliiga) in Finland from 2012-2014. Last season he played for Fukuoka Rizing (Japan-BJ League): 30 games: 9.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 35.3%, FT: 70.6%, in Feb.’15 moved to Tapiolan Honka (Finland-Korisliiga): 10 games: 12.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 31.8%. He spoke to German Hoops after the tough 81-78 loss against Science City Jena
Thanks Greg for talking to German Hoops. BV Chemnitz suffered a tough loss last weekend to Science City Jena 81-78. When you look back at the last 1,36 minutes how did you guys lose control of crunch time slipping by allowing a 6-0 run?
Yes, that was a tough loss. I believe when it was crunch time, and when we needed to make a play to seal the game, we lacked to do so. With teams with more experience than us, we can not afford to make mistakes during crunch time, or else they will make us pay for it, which they did. I believe we just have to learn that during crunch time, and when we are up, we have to take full control and keep the control to seal the game.
If one looks at the stats one could name the 20 turnovers as a big factor for the loss, but honestly stop German Lars Wendt 2-3 times cleanly and you would have won the ball game. He attempted 14 free throws and made 13. What made this guy so hard to stop cleanly?
Yes, one could say that the turnovers played a part into the loss, but even though we turned the ball over that many times, we were still right there with one of the best teams in the league. Lars did get some clean looks. I think we should have did a better job packing the paint, and not allowing him to get some looks that he had done. It was not what he was doing, it was us missing the assignments.
How tough have the last 5 games been for you who has had some big games?
It has been a little tough. But it is not all about me, it is about my team. I am doing whatever I can to help lead my team into the right direction and to keep a positive mind. The last 5 games are games we could have won, and the games were against the upper half of the league. During these 5 times, myself and my teammates, showed that we can compete at a high level. We just have to figure out a way to get it done, without any lapses during crunch time, or the fourth quarter.
This was another close battle that BV Chemnitz lost and seventh tight loss of the season. You have lost the last four games combined by 13 points. Does it get more and more frustrating over time losing these type of games?
Yes, it does get frustrating because of the close losses, but we just have to try to lick are wounds and stay positive moving forward. We just have to continue to just fix the little small things that need to be fixed, so we can finish off these games.
Do you believe this inability to win close games as more to do with the mental side than what is actually done physically on the court?
Yes it is the mental side. Us as a whole have to be mentality strong and focused during the crucial times, so we can get the job done. During crunch time is a great part of the game, especially when your neck to neck with the top teams. As I mentioned, we just have to get it done.
If BV Chemnitz had won four of those seven tight games, they would have 15 wins now and be in sixth or seventh place. Instead with four games to go and two wins from the eighth spot the team has to really perform in the last few weeks. How confident are you and the team that magic can be done?
A lot of people are saying if we did this or if we did that, then the situation would be different. Of course, that statement is true, but we cann´´t get those games, and mistakes back. We can not continue to dwell on that, or put our heads down and think it is over. Moving forward to the last part of the season, I am confident that we are going to be focused and get it done.
Do you think that the announcement of extending head coach Rodrigo Pastore until 2018 was the perfect timing for the team to get that extra motivation to do special things in the last four games?
Yes, I believe so. Coach is a good guy, with good vision. He prepares us well, and I think that with the extension, it gives the players more motivation, to believe and be focused unto what he is trying to do. I think it was a good move for the team, organization, and city.
The last four games were close affairs, but in all games the club was well above it´s season average of giving up 71 points. What do you feel has been missing in the last weeks for the team not having been able to defend better?
It is not that we are not defending well, the last four games, we played against teams that normally put high scoring numbers up on everyone in the league. Not only did we give up points, all four did the same against us. It was more so of a derby the last couple games, and a high paced game throughout the whole game, which playing fast ball, you put numbers up on the score board.
BV Chemitz can start a new winning streak this weekend as they tangle with Paderborn and the RheinStars within 48 hours. This season the two times where you played two games on the weekend, you have a 3-1 record. These two teams are below you in the standings. How confident is the team that you can come away with victories?
We are confident in how we are playing ball right now. If we play the way we have been playing against the top teams, with a little bit of changes, I believe we will be good.
You suffered a close loss to Cologne, but easily beat Paderborn. What will be key in getting the wins?
I was not on the team when the team last play Cologne, but I was here for Paderborn. I believe that we just have to play with high intensity and physical, with our style of ball, and we will be good.
As one of the leaders on the team, what is your biggest focus now in taking the best qualities in your game and being able to help your team play best?
I just need to continue doing what I am doing. Being a leader on the court, helping rebound, defend, and just playing my game at a high level at which I am doing.
After a scoring dry spell in January, you really broke out of your funk in February scoring in double figures in all five games and registering four double doubles. How do you explain this big power increase in your game?
I was not in a funk, It was more so getting used to playing with new players that we have got. I was still shooting the ball well, and doing my job, I just was not putting up high numbers as I am doing now. It was more so also, still just learning how to put all my things I do, to help us get the job done. I have a mindset to just go out there and play. I try to just go for every rebound, and let the other aspects of my game come to me. That has been my focus the last month or so, is to have no excuses, and just “go get it done”.
How did you see the NBA trades recently at the deadline? What teams did the best?
I have not really followed the recent trades lately, but I do like that the warriors picked up another big guy, Varejao.
Some of the older NBA players that played at different times are having a hard time giving Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors credit for their success saying they might not have had that success 20-30 years ago. Are these former players just jealous or why can´t they just give credit where it´s due?
The game now is way different than what it was back then. I believe they are saying this is because now in the league, most teams do not play any defense at all. With the Warriors having so many offensive weapons, they just crush everyone. Back then, I think the league was more physical, and the refs just let the guys play. I think it would be a little bit more tougher to do the things that they do now.
Recently ESPN made a top 100 greatest NBA players of alltime poll putting Lebron at #3 before legends Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and BIll Russell. Do you see that as being justified?
Those are big names that they are putting him in front of. I mean LeBron is a beast, but I think that they are forgetting that there are ALOT of greats that are being out shined by the present.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Greg for the chat.