Jordan Talbert is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his second professional season with the Giants Nordlingen. He came to Germany as a rookie last season and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. He spoke to German Hoops after the sweep of Iserlohn reaching the Pro B semi-finals.
Jordan congrats on the sweep of number one team Iserlohn. The fairy tale continues. What do you feel has been the most special part of the Nordlingen fairy tale this season?
The best part of this season has for sure been the bond that our team has built. To add 5 new players to our team from last season and develop the chemistry we have on and off the court is incredible.
The Nordlingen Giants are now 4-1 in the playoffs and are sitting in the semi-finals. How has the team progressed in the playoffs since the 2 game losing streak to end the season?
I think those 2 loses gave us a chance to regroup, refocus, and recognize that we have play at a much higher level if we want to be successful in the playoffs.
How important was it setting the tone in the first quarter by scoring 24 points as a team and showing Iserlohn that it would have to be a battle for them to escape home with the series tied 1-1?
We knew we wanted to have a great start to the game. If we gave them confidence early it would’ve been tough for us to win. The supporters were also huge for us. They gave us a tremendous amount of energy and motivation.
In the second quarter after a tighter first quarter, Nordlingen was able to break away and lead 52-37. Did Iserlohn get a good dose of true Nordlingen basketball that makes it difficult for the opponent to react to?
We played well in the second quarter. I think they got a little frustrated with how the game was going and we were able to take advantage of that.
With 20 minutes to go, and a 52-37 lead, what was the most vital thing that head coach Mario Matic told the team not to forget to do in the last 20 minutes?
He just told us to continue to play our game and not to lose focus. A 15 point lead is not much to rest on especially against a good team.
In the second half the Nordlingen Giants wore down Iserlohn never letting them get closer than 10 points. How vital was the last 20 minutes in showing the team one more time just how good they are closing out the a top ranked team despite having a thinner bench?
Closing out the game the way we did is just an example of our toughness, physically and mentally. We were exhausted but we wanted to win so we pushed through as a team to finish the game.
You had another solid game scoring 15 points and having 11 rebounds. What kind of a feeling do you have not only after a win like this, but also once again seeing the nonstop contribution from everyone never letting down during the course of the game?
It’s a great feeling. We play our best basketball when everyone is involved. For everyone to have confidence in themselves and each other to go out there and contribute is the reason we are still playing right now.
After a big game like this do you feel that the team recognizes your stellar defensive game with 3 steals and 3 blocks as well?
Of course I do. I think my team knows that I take pride in playing defense and that I will always have their back on that end of the floor.
You and Brandon Lockhart were the lock down guys on defense, but the team also got solid support from others. It seems like the offense of you two is the most vital for the team, but how vital could this defensive consistency be for the team in the series against the talented Ehingen team?
Our defense is really the foundation of our team. If we get stops the better our offense is because we get to run which is something we like to do.
The Giants Nordlingen now face Ehingen and will attempt the next upset. Nordlingen split the season series with them. What kind of series can we await?
Ehingen is a very good team. They have a lot of good pieces but I’m confident in my team and our ability. I don’t know what to expect from the series but I do expect the Giants to come ready play.
What will be key to having further success against a very talented Ehingen team?
Our defense and rebounding. If we do those things well we have a chance against anyone.
You had a good series against them scoring 16 points twice. Will your adrenaline go up another notch when game one arises and how good do you already feel now about going out and doing work?
I’m definitely motivated right now. I don’t want this season to end just yet. I know that whatever I did against them in the regular season means nothing if I don’t help the team in the playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors recently got the NBA regular season record of 73 wins. Who would win a game today the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls or Golden State Warriors?
I would pick the Bulls. I would never pick against Jordan and Pippen in their prime.
Kobe Bryant recently played his last game. He ended his illustrious career with 60 points. What was your favorite Kobe moment in his career?
My favorite Kobe moment would be game 6 of the 2008 finals when they lost against the Celtics by 40. I was never a Kobe fan but I have the upmost for him as a player. He’s drive and dedication is definitely something that inspires me.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.