Dan Oppland is a 32 year old 203cm forward that is playing his second season for Rent4Office. He started his basketball career for Valparaiso (NCAA) in 2002 where he played until 2006. He started his professional basketball career in 2006 for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (Holland). He then played in countries like Poland and Sweden before coming to Bayreuth in 2008. He then played for seasons four Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga) where he won three titles. Two seasons ago, he played for Namika Lahti (Finland-Korisliiga) 47 games: 15.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.0%. Last season for Rent4Office he played 30 games averaging 8.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 52.9%. He spoke to German Hoops after consecutive loses to Hanau and Leverkusen.
Dan thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough weekend with loses against Hanau and Leverkusen. Rent4Office helped Hanau get closer to the playoffs and the Bayer Giants Leverkusen to get away from the cellar. How tough is it helping other teams, but not being able to help yourselves?
Hello Miles. I hope all is well Yeah, it was a real tough weekend for us, especially when we are fighting to get in the playoffs. We definitely have dug ourselves in a deep hole.
Rent4Office was only down by 6 points after the third quarter. What was key for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen keeping you at bay and getting the win?
The key to Leverkusen game was the fact that we couldn’t get stops when we needed. You can’t give up 92 points at home and expect to win. You have to protect your home court and we didn’t do that at all.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen were able to get key support from their Americans Roderick Camphor and James Hulbin who combined for 51 of the 93 points. How unfortunate is it to keep a guy like Camphor on edge forcing him to seven turnovers, but still getting beat by him time in and time out?
We really struggled guarding Camphor, and I think we didn’t show enough pride as a team in trying to stop him. When a guy like that keeps scoring, we need to step up and get stops. We didn’t set that tone and it showed in our defense.
German Mauricio Marin is having his break out year in the German pro A and contributed 19 points which was his 12 game scoring in double figures. How have you seen his game improve over the course of the season?
I think Mauro has definitely improved and shown great strides as this season has progressed. If he can stay focused and continue to work hard, then the sky is the limit for him.
Did you take a look at the standings? You have Rent4Office, Chemnitz, Baunach and Hanau with 26 points each and fighting for the last playoff places. Are you already feeling the excitement or has it not sunk in yet?
Yes, I have looked at the standings. I just hope we as a team can come together these next two weeks and do whatever it takes to win. It is up to us whether we want that or not. The ball is in our hands.
Rent4Office would have to be feeling this excitement and pressure now had it not lost six of the last seven games. Why has Rent4Office made the Pro A playoff race so exciting with so many loses down the stretch?
We just have been way too inconsistent on both offense and defense this entire year. I don’t have a real answer for why we have struggled so much lately, but it has been very frustrating. Like I already said, I hope we can come together these last 2 weeks of the regular season.
Rent4Office really haven´t been defending so bad, but just haven´t been able to put up points on a consistent rate. As one of the veterans on the team can you come up with a plausible reason why so much scoring talent on the team can´t score more consistently?
I think our offense has struggled for many reasons, but having 14 players makes it difficult to get consistent play from everyone each night. It is just not easy when you have a situation like that, but we can’t make excuses about it. We have to go out and play the rest of this season and finish strong.
With two games left on the schedule against Kirchheim and Trier who you both lost to, how confident is the team that it can win these last two games and march into the playoffs?
If we want to march into the playoffs than we have to find the confidence to go out and not only play in these games, but win them as well. We have to try and enjoy playing again.
As the oldest on the team, do you see yourself doing some overtime work in the next two weeks in getting the team ready mentally for the last two games?
I will continue to try and set an example as I have done all year, being the oldest player on the team. I will just be that positive influence that we need at this difficult time.
Before the game against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen, you were averaging 10,2ppg, 6,4rpg and 1,7apg. Your stats are up from last season. How content have you been with your play this season?
I am never worried about individual stats. Its hard to be content when your team has struggled all year like we have. But in saying that, I always give my best, so I am always content with my effort. But for me the only stat that matters is wins and losses.
With March Madness about to commence this week, what teams do you see making some noise this time around?
I think there is a lot more parody this year than in the past, so there are a number of teams that can make some noise this year. Kansas, Michigan St, UNC all look really tough to beat though.
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?
It is hard for me to speak for on what those former players have said. All I know is Stephen Curry is one of the best shooters I have ever seen and I enjoy watching Golden State play the game because they move the ball so well, and play for one another. I think the NBA golden era was during the 80’s and 90’s with Bird, Magic and Jordan. I don’t know how successful Golden State would have been in this era, but they are still fun to watch.
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?
It is hard for me to put Lebron over these legends, since I am kind of old school myself. But Lebron is a beast, there is no doubting that. All of these guys are winners, who can take a team to that elite level.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was The Revenant.
Thanks Dan for the chat.