Julian Gamble is a 28 year old 207cm power forward/center from Durham, North Carolina that is playing his fifth professional season and second in Germany with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He started his basketball career at Miami(NCAA) in 2008 and played there until 2013 playing a total of 127 games. In 2013 he started his professional career with Saint Vallier Basket Drome (France-ProB): 44 games: 16.3ppg, Reb-3(9.0rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-1(1.5bpg), FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 62.9%. In 2014 he moved to the Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 25 games: 17.0ppg, Reb-3(7.6rpg), 1.4apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1(1.6bpg), FGP: 57.0%, FT: 69.2%. Two seasons ago, he remained with the Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 36 games: Score-5(16.6ppg), Reb-2(8.3rpg), 1.3apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-1(1.9bpg), FGP: 60.8%, FT: 68.1%. Last season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn he played 37 games averaging 13.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7apg, Blocks-3(1.2bpg), FGP: 61.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 58.0%; He also played 16 FIBA Europe Cup games averaging 12.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 58.2%. He spoke to German Hoops after the amazing 106-69 bashing of Brose Bamberg.
Julian congrats on the huge 106-69 victory against Brose Bamberg. How long did the celebration period go Sunday? Was the atmosphere after the win in the Telekom Dome an extra special one?
The celebration didn’t last long. We enjoyed the victory while we were at the gym but as soon as we left our focus turned to the big game we have tomorrow. The atmosphere was great, especially against the three time defending champion our fans Energy was definitely high. It was a good evening for us all.
If some one had boasted jokingly in shoot arounds before the game that you would crush Bamberg by 37 points what would you have thought?
Bamberg is a good team and you have to be ready to play them. We are always confident no matter who we play and our focus was always to win the game. Someone could say something like this, but just winning the game was our goal regardless of the score.
You had many great wins in your career including beating Bamberg last season in the playoffs 93-92 where you produced 16 points. Where does this win rank up with your all-time best wins?
It was a great win for us, but in the end just another game in the season. Going into it, many people probably didn’t think we would win but like I said we were still confident. We will definitely remember this game but need to use it as motivation going forward to play the rest of our games with this type of energy and intensity.
After leading 26-14 after one quarter how certain you were you that the Telekom Baskets Bonn would win the game and did that blow out feeling ever surface or was the respect for Bamberg still too high after 10 minutes?
We were confident throughout the game but no matter what the score is you can’t beat Bamberg or any team in just 10 minutes. We had to continue to defend and attack for the rest of the game to get the job done.
Of course some experts will say the travel rigors of getting to Moscow playing there and losing and then playing 48 hours later in Bonn had a toll on them. How much of the 40 minutes was credited to their energy and how much to the stellar play of Bonn?
I think we played extremely well on both ends of the floor. We all know how difficult the European schedule is, as we have also been a victim of that this season, but regardless of the circumstance once the game starts you have to be ready to fight. For sure the travel took its toll, but I don’t believe the team will care to use that as an excuse.
One has to always be careful when talking about perfect basketball, but you shot over 60% as a team from the field and outside, played hard nosed defense and did a good job taking care of the ball. How close was this performance to perfect and was there any little letup?
It was a great performance for us, maybe our best of the year, but when you talk about playing against a team as good as Bamberg you have to be ready to play your best. We were ready and had great energy and intensity from the start, I think if we can consistently do this we will have more performances of this caliber. I don’t think there was any let up in this game.
The offense was definitely clicking. Was this more of a once in a lifetime offensive performance or did you discover new things on offense that you hadn´t seen before besides the explosion of Tomislav Zubcic?
We have a very good and deep offensive team. We have guys at every position that can score at a high level and that makes us dangerous. We know our offense is capable of producing at a high level when we are getting stops and running.
This was a break out game for Zubcic in the easyCRedit BBL. What did you see in his game against Bamberg that you hadn´t seen before and what kind of extra dimension does he give the team now knowing that he can really score?
I’ve seen Tom do all of these things before. We all know how great of a shooter he is, and with his size it makes him almost impossible to guard when he is confident and aggressive. We know how big of a threat he is on offense and he will continue to contribute for us.
The stats I mentioned were obviously huge in producing the win against Bamberg, but what other positives did you see the club gaining from the win? Possibly a special new bond that will carry over to making another step in shaping the growing team chemistry?
We played a great team game. We defended well, helped each other, passed well on offense, and made great decisions. Our chemistry on and off the court was already good, all we have to do is keep moving in a positive direction and we will be in a great position.
Brose Bamberg isn´t the team it was last year and really struggling this season. From a neutral observer does it look like head coach Andrea Trinchieri isn´t reaching his team anymore?
I think he is still reaching his team. He is a good coach but it’s definitely been a more difficult season for them all. With a lot of new guys and a difficult schedule it’s just been a tough road for them. They have also dealt with some injury issues that have hurt their team. I think that they will play their best basketball at the right time in the season and still be in contention come playoff time.
Brose Bamberg have so much talent and depth and the real season doesn´t start until May. What do you feel does that team need to do to be a contender in the playoffs this season? Is that Darius Miller or Nicola Melli missing from last season? The kind of player that will step up when the team needs it most?
I think once their team is fully healthy they will be a contender. I’m sure they miss both Miller and Melli but they definitely have players on their roster that are capable of stepping up in big moments. Staying healthy throughout the season is the most important aspect of being able to play at a high level along with the talent in my opinion.
The Telekom Baskets Bonn need 2 wins in the Basketball Champions League with hopes of moving on in the competition. How content are you that the win against Bamberg was an important step in the right direction?
We are all happy to be moving in the right direction, but definitely are not content. We have many more games to play and much more work to do, and we have to take this process one day at a time. We have a big game tomorrow and have to be ready, that’s the next step in our process.
The Telekom Baskets Bonn have had a lot of misfortune in the Basketball Champions League with tough close loses and Besiktas was one of those 74-73. What will be key for getting over the hump and setting up a do or die game at home against Scandone AV?
We have to match their energy and be ready to defend. They have a very talented team and guys that can score at every position. They have been playing well so they will also be confident. We know how important this game is for us, and I’m confident we will be ready to play.
There were a lot of players that weren´t added to the NBA Allstar teams, but one can only add 24 players. Which snub was the biggest one in your opinion?
I think every year players talk about getting snubbed. I also feel that some players have a case but in the NBA, which are the best players in the world, you are going to have guys left out. This year I think Chris Paul deserves to be in the game with how well he has played and his teams performance so far this year.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Rush Hour 2.
Thanks Julian for the chat.