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 season ending 78-77 loss to Ehingen.
Thanks Jordan for talking to German Hoops. A tough 78-77 loss to Ehingen to end the season. Head coach Mario Matic told me 5 hours before tip off that he was very confident that his team would win. How confident did the team feel that it would give a lot better effort then in game one?
We were definitely confident that we would come out and play better than we did in game 1. Unfortunately they came out just as motivated to elevate their game also.
Does the bitter loss effect lessen a bit when you think how hard the team fought from 15 points down in the first half to almost winning the game at the end instead of being beat by 20 points to end the season?
Any type of loss hurts. I think the close ones cut a little deeper but it’s better than losing by 20.
The Giants Nordlingen started off the game very slow and trailed 45-31 at the break. What was key for the team not being able to keep pace with Ehingen?
They came out and made some tough shots early on which didn’t allow us to get out in transition.
With the season on the line and 20 more minutes to play, what soothing words did head coach Mario Matic give the team to take into the second half?
He just told us to go out and leave it all out on the floor in which I think we did.
How key was the 9-0 run to start the third quarter for Nordlingen? Even though it didn´t bring you eye to eye with Ehingen, it layed the foundation for the structure and success that the Giants would achieve in the second half?
We know we had to get off to a good start and chip away at the lead. They’re a solid team and we knew it wouldn’t be easy.
The fourth quarter was a real good hardnosed battle and there was a span in the first five minutes where Nordlingen held Ehingen scoreless for three and a half minutes where you got the lead. Was this span the best defense that the team played in the game with the game on the line?
Yea at that point we really buckled down and focused on getting stops.
Then followed 10 lead changes. What was missing on the defensive side to get 1-2 stops which might have secured the win?
We just didn’t get the stops when we needed them. Our defense down the stretch wasn’t that good for whatever reason and it cost us.
You and Brandon Lockhart hit the last two buckets of the season and have been the two best players that the club had this season. How much have you guys grown as teammates through the season?
We definitely have grown as teammates on the court as well as friends off the court. It was a pleasure playing alongside him this season and benefiting from all of his passes.
Devon Moore won the game with a shot with 13 seconds and Jordan Talbert had the last shot for the win, but missed. Please take me through the last two plays of the season?
Coming out of the time out we knew Moore was going take the last shot since he just scored twice before to give them the lead. They ran a high screen and roll and he got to the lane making a tough finish at the rim. We came down quickly and Brandon hit me in the trail at the top of the key. I got a good look at the rim, took the shot and it just didn’t go in. A tough pill to swallow but that’s basketball.
You were part of the amazing Cinderella season of the Giants Nordlingen. What will you always remember the most about this unique team and what made the whole existence so special?
I will definitely remember my teammates and coach. All of the success we had this season when no one expected us to even make it to this point. We had fun playing together this season and it’s one that’ll be remembered.
I would presume that Mario Matic is the front runner for coach of the year. What made his teaching style and knowledge so beneficial to the team and success?
Mario is a great coach not only because his knowledge of the game but because his knowledge of players. He lets us go out and play our games and not try to dictate too much. He trusted us to make plays which was a huge reason we were successful.
Who in your eyes was the most improved player on the Giants Nordlingen this season?
Well we only had 3 returning players from last season including myself. Out of us 3 I have to say Moritz Trieb. His game has improved tremendously since I’ve arrived here. Janek also had an incredible season. I know he didn’t play much last season but this season he gave us an excellent effort every night. Also as our captain he carried a lot of responsibility for us.
You had a very strong season and Mario Matic has already given his support for you and trying to make the next step to the Pro A. What do you feel on your game matured in your second season as a professional that will get you to the next level?
I think my physical presence on the court improved. With us being a smaller team I knew I had to be effective grabbing rebounds, protecting the rim, and helping a lot on defense. I just tried to fill in spots where we were weak and make us a stronger unit.
With your second professional season and second in Germany in the books, which player do you feel gave you the toughest battle on the floor this season?
I would say Randal Holt. Even though we only played them once and we play completely different positions I was really impressed with his game and how much better he helped make the Dresden team in such a short amount of time.
If you had to build your NBA Rushmore with your four best players who would you pick?
My personal NBA Rushmore would consist of Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Tracy McGrady. These players had the biggest effect on me and my passion for the game.
The Atlanta Hawks now battle Lebron and the Cavs. What do you feel happening in this series and who will win and how many games?
I think the Cavs win the series easily and it maybe goes to 6 games. The Hawks just don’t matchup well with them at all.
What will be the first meal that you grab when you get off the plane in the States?
Homemade Pancakes and Bacon.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.