Demond Mallet Truly Was The Man In European Basketball

When you look back at the last 15 years in the German BBL and try to name the real dinosaurs of the league, guys that stuck around longest and provided fans with numerous memorable experiences, you couldn´t put up more than two hands. Guys that come to mind at once are great players like Chris Ensminger and Bernd Kruel who have retired as well as the Science City Jena legendary trio of Derrick Allen, Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy all outstanding players that are still battling with the best in their late 30´s. Another guy that you have to add to this list is Demond Mallet. He didn´t have the BBL longevity of an Ensminger, Kruel or the Jena Musketeers as he played only 7 years in Germany, but overall he belongs to a rare breed of player that played until he was 40 and can look back at a spectacular 17 year career. Demond Mallet is a player that will always be remembered for never losing that competitive edge as he had that obnoxious game face mask that he never took off on the court, but when you met him off the court, you always felt like he was your best buddy. He had that never ending winning mentality and gave the word leader a new meaning. He truly was the man in European basketball. It wasn´t only winning many titles in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Israel that will keep in the hearts of many, but the way he approached the game and how he handled himself off the court where he was the ultimate role model for all. Mallet played for 17 seasons in Europe and finally has decided to hang up his sneakers at age 40. He always wanted to retire at age 40. Thursday Februry 22 was his 4oth birthday and on Friday Februry 23rd he will be honored with a special retiurement ceremony in Bamberg before a Euroleague game against Euroleague team Crvena Zvezda.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Demond Mallet in Frankfurt in 2006 after a Cologne win

Mallet started his illustrious career with McNeese St. (NCAA) in 1997 and had a great 4 year career and as a senior played 31 games leading the Southland conference in scoring at 21.3ppg), 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, StealsSouthland-2(2.1spg), FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 79.6%. He finished his collegiate career at McNeese State as the all-time leader in career three-pointers made (331), and steals (206) and third in points scored (1,941). He started his professional basketball career in 2001 and would spend his first 6 years in Germany. He quickly became a lethal scorer in the BBL with Basket Braunschweig averaging a staggering 21,1ppg in his three years. His amazing offensive talent got the attention of Bamberg who swiped him up and Mallet would play 2 seasons there from 2004-2006 winning his first professional title. In that time, he belonged to the top point guards in the German BBL and in the title season he played 30 games averaging 15.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 41.5%. He also played 20 Euroleague averaging 13.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 57%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.8%. The next season he moved to RheinEnergie Koeln (Germany-1.Bundesliga) where his winning ways continued with the German cup and played 13 Euroleague games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 37.1%, FT: 81.8%. In the BBL, he played 43 games averaging 12.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.1%, 3FGP: 40.4%, FT: 75.7%. In 2007 his path took him to DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB) where he proved he belonged to the top American players in the best league in Europe helping the team win the ULEB Cup. In both seasons, he had solid stats scoring in double figures in every competition. In his last 8 seasons as a professional, he would play three seasons with Belgacom Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-Ethias League) winning the league title in 2011 as well as being named league MVP. He also played one more season in Germany with the Artland Dragons, had a brief stay in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv and returned back to Spain and played two seasons with his former team FIATC Joventut Badalona who retired his jersey last season and his last basketball station last season was with Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA). Some other achievements as he leaves the game was being a 5 time BBL allstar, German Cup MVP in 2007, 2007 BBL Allstar MVP, Spanish cup winner and Israel cup winner.

I personally like so many teammates and opponents have fond memories of the 40 year old Mallet, but before his ex teammates and ex opponents say their farewells, I would like to get in my two cents to his illustrious career and how I witnessed him on and off the court during his time in Germany. I have to be honest, I didn´t know who he was until he arrived in Bamberg in 2005 and there is one simple reason for that. Before the Frankfurt Skyliner´s playoff run in the spring on 2004, I had no idea basketball even existed in Germany, but that moreover was because of my typical American arrogance. As a lifelong Bostonian and Boston sports fan, I not only was convinced and still am that Larry Bird was the greatest of all-time and still is, but that the best league and only league in the world was the NBA. I just didn´t give European basketball a chance, but I was simply clueless, but that would change as I got more knowledgeable and actually prefer it over the NBA now. I don´t really remember how I decided to take in a Skyliner game in the spring of 2004, but now almost 14 years later, I´m so glad I did go to that game, because since then basketball has become my job and passion and without it would be about as miserable as if MLB stripped the Boston Red Sox of all their titles since 2004. I didn´t see Mallet play the first time until in the 2004-2005 season when he joined Bamberg. I remember meeting and interviewing Mallet for the first time in the spring of 2005 in the final series Bamberg against Frankfurt and after that our paths would always cross again as we met in arena´s like Frankfurt, Bamberg, Cologne and Artland.

When I look back and recount that 2005 finals series, what sticks out at first was his timely shooting that he somehow was always able to bring that to big games and something he would consistently do for the rest of his career no matter where he played. His winning mentality grew like crazy with Bamberg and leadership qualities had begun at Mcneese State where he was the Southland player of the year in 2001. He came to Germany and needed no time to adjust as he played three years in Braunschweig where he averaged 21,1ppg and quickly made a name for himself. A small chip must have been growing on his shoulder after the first season as no big teams came calling yet, but an injury in his second season made him work harder and play another exceptional third season that then had Bamberg calling. Mallet was unstoppable and put the Braunschweig at another level. He became that elusive explosive player with Braunschweig and really had the full reigns in his hands as the club had nice role players like Szymon Szewczk who had been drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2003 and would land with Alba Berlin and is still playing today at age 36, Gordan Firic and Peter Lisicky, but none like Mallet who could take over a game the way he did. The question was could a Mallet make the next step with a top team like Bamberg. After Mallet left Braunschweig, the team would have some real down years until Sebastian Machowski arrived and led them back to the playoffs in 2010. An interesting side note to Braunschweig and Mallet had to do with a huge losing drought that they suffered for 12 years. Between 2002-2013, Frankfurt won every game in Braunschweig as they literally had their number and some were wondering if they had suffered the curse of Mallet as he left for Bamberg in 2004. Braunschweig finally won again on February 13, 2013 when a certain Dennis Schroeder scored 13 points in a six minute span in the second quarter to lead the team to the 73-66 victory. Mallet and Schroeder are easily the two greatest guards the organization ever had.

When he came to Bamberg in 2004, he came to a totally different situation where he had a lot of more talent, but here he quickly developed into a leader despite so many different characters and ego´s. Mallet was the difference in the finals in 2005 simply because that scorer had been missing in 2004 where Bamberg had lost to Frankfurt. They had talented players in Derrick Taylor and Rick Stafford at the guard position, but the scoring fire power lacked at the guard position. He strengthened the guard play with Stefan Hamann. They compensated each other well as Hamann´s inconsistent shooting was helped with Mallet´s scoring. He played a lot of the two, but also played at the point. This didn´t change much as his career went on that took him to Cologne, Spain and Belgium over the next six years. It didn´t matter in what situation he was thrown into, he always managed to produce consistent scoring stats and supply his strong leadership skills that brought him further titles in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Israel. A big reason why he had such a long career was that he wasn´t a one dimensional player, but was very versatile. He was a shooting guard stuck in a point guard body that was always good for a big steal. He fit in well at Badalona where in the 2008 ULEB Cup run, he was the lone American and had no trouble adapting to the various nationalities, but saw each guy as a brother coming from the same place. Even when he came to an intact team in Belgium with TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1), he quickly established himself there at age 33 as the leader and was a main scoring threat and won league MVP. With Artland in 2012-2013, he was given the point guard duties from head coach Stefan Koch. His last two seasons with Badalona may have been his most enriching as he was a 36 year old veteran as he said he was more of a leader, role model and coach. He was a guy that led by example and took young guys under his wing and showed them how to be successful and build a culture and keep winning. He wasn´t worried about scoring, but just winning. His leadership qualities were challenged wherever he went and in his last station last season with Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA) where the team was losing and he experienced his toughest few months as it was difficult to lead and produce while trying to help others, but as Demond always stated it was a good experience and one where he was still able to learn new things. Not every experience can be successful, but Mallet proved for the majority of his professional career that his leadership led to success and was always a winner with his approach and dedication to every season he tackled. When he is standing their tonight in front of a sold out Bamberg crowd, he will be most likely reminiscing about the good old days in Bamberg while enough hard core and older Bamberg fans who remember his menacing game will be wishing they could have had him on the team this season as he surely would have been able even at age 39 to lead the club to a better record than it has now.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Demond Mallet in 2007 after a Cologne win against Frankfurt in Cologne

I only have wonderful memories with Demond Mallet. I believe the first time I met him was after a Frankfurt game either in the regular season or in the playoffs in the 2004-2005 season. I never can honestly say I have developed strong friendships with players simply because I take covering basketball very seriously and deal with so many players that having that extra special bond beyond the court is difficult to maintain. But I feel as time went on and we met more, a positive bond developed between us. I remember interviewing him after games for my game articles, but also recall interviewing him in my radio show numerous times when he played for Bamberg and Cologne. I also remember my probably most fondest interview with him after he won the ULEB Cup with Badalona in 2008. I believe it was already early off season and he was already in Dallas, but I remember feeling his happiness over the phone just by how he was speaking. After winning titles with Bamberg and Cologne, he had made the big time in 2008 with Badalona winning a major international title that a FC Barcelona or Real Madrid couldn´t do that season. He was always prepared to do an interview for me for my weekly radio show no matter where he was and that was most appreciative. I also remember conducting an entertaining interview in the 2006-2007 season after a Cologne win at home against Frankfurt. He was in a really good mood and I remember asking him where his 2007 Allstar MVP trophy was sitting in his Cologne apartment which he had won only a few weeks earlier. I also remember doing an interview over my phone that was broadcast over the air in 2006 at the Rhein Main cup in Rhondorf when he was playing with Cologne. I continued to follow his stellar career through the years and will always remember his fierce game where he didn´t back down from anyone and just his dangerous scoring qualities that he always was able to produce at the most inappropriate times for his opponents. As a person, he was a very likeable fellow that always had a warm smile on his face and never was shy from slipping in that joke. He had a lot charisma and he definitely was one of the main attractions in the BBL from 2004-2007. I will never forget his phrase that he liked to deliver to me when we had a chat which was “You’re the man”. Today I am proud to say “Demond, I´m not the man, but you’re the man”. Congratulations on a great career. It was a pleasure to follow you and I wish the best to you for the future.

 

 

 

 

Interviews with players concerning Demond Mallet from the last few years

 

 

 

Darryl Watkins ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (France-ProA)

 

Three seasons ago you played for Belgacom Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-Ethias League) with American Demond Mallet who finally retired at almost 40 years of age. Was he one of the biggest energy sparks that you ever played with?

 

 

Demond was a great guy and had great knowledge of the game which he helped me with. He also was able to let me comprehend what was expected me on the court at all times.

 

Lou Campbell Paris-Levallois (France-ProA)

 

With Strasbourg, you had a 3-1 record against the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the last few years. This season the club continues to make strides in the Euroleague and almost beat Real Madrid. Is it just the quality of players or the coaching that has helped this organization grow in international play?

I believe that it is a combination of the coaching staff and having very good players. I think the long success in Bamberg started off with the Bauermann era. They started to win titles there with guys like Chris Ensminger, Demond Mallet and Steffen Hamann and that carried over for years. Chris Fleming continued to carry the success adding good players from the NBA. That organization has really done a tremendous job keeping long term success. I hope that in the future, the club can grow into a Euroleague powerhouse.

Clevin Hannah Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Spain)

 

You may not have scored against your ex team Badalona, but you won the game. What was it like playing against teammate Demond Mallet? What continues to amaze you about his play at age 37?

 

He is such a good payer and leader and I watch his game and do the little things necessary to win games. He told me after the game that I won and it didn´t matter that I didn´t score. All what they care about is winning and that advice really helped me.

 

Last season you played with 37 year old Demond Mallet. Even if it was your fifth professional season how could you still learn from the cousin of Shaq?

I learned how to compete from Demond. He played so hard at 37 and just made me want to work each day.

 

Jason Clark ex Georgetown(NCAA) Telenet Giants Antwerp (Belgium-Euromillions League)

 

Demond is a veteran and I learned so much from him especially about the business side. He taught me that as an American, you have to pay attention to yourself and your body. Often teams try to rush you back from an injury before you are 100%. He taught me that you have to come back when you are ready. On the court he was a scorer. He was MVP, won titles and did it all. I was a big fan of him. He didn’t tell so many Shaq stories.

 

William Hatcher Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Italy-Serie A)

 

You came to Germany in 2006 after having a solid college career at Miami.Ohio(NCAA) and finished your career ranked ninth on Miami’s career 3-point shooting chart with a .383 shooting percentage. As a rookie you played for the SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (Germany-2.Bundesliga) playing 30 games averaging 18.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3FGP: 34.8%, FT: 73.5%. What was your wake up call to being a professional?

 

When I got to Germany in 2006, I right away played in a pre season tournament called the Rhine Main cup. We played against BBL teams like Frankfurt, Bonn and Cologne. I remember being matched up against Jason Gardner and Demond Mallet. I remember going against future NBA player Marcin Gortat in the pick and role where he switched and I hit a move on him and got around him. I shot a floater and he blocked it and we talked some trash and Gortat was saying, you wont ever score on me. That was the moment where I knew I had arrived as a professional.

 

 

Patrick Richard Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (Spain)

 

You played at Mcneese State from 2008-2012. 10 years earlier a former Beko BBL player Demond Mallett played there. Do you remember hearing any amazing stories about him when he played there?

I don’t know Demond personally but I do know he is a heck of a player that has proven himself at every level he has played on. I respect that even though I don’t know him personally

 

Pascal Roller Frankfurt Skyliners retired

 

Who was the best player that you played against in the beko BBL?

Sasa Obradovic. I remember how much in awe I was with him as I was 20-21 years old just with what he had achieved as a player, more than I would be now. Demond Mallet who played with Bamberg and Terrell Mcintyre that played one season with Braunschweig.

 

 

Players farewell´s and tributes for Demond Mallet Feb 2018

 

Michael Jordan Artland Dragons retired assistant coach Colgate

 

Demond was a fierce competitor and one of the best guards in the league. He could score and pass with the best of us. I looked forward to and enjoyed our battles we’ve had over the years in the BBL. He definitely brought out the best in me and every time we played it was a challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed

 

Derrick Allen Science City Jena

 

Demond was a great competitor, and he had a wonderful career! He’s is one of the greatest American players to come through Europe. Demond has won german, Belgium, Spanish league cups and champions. Most importantly Demond is a great dude with a very bright future. I wish him all the best for his next career path. I know he will do well.

 

Mladen Sljivancanin Frankfurt Skyliners and Rhein Energie Koln retired

 

He deserves it, his great European career started in Bamberg.

 

Putting on side that he is great person, When you see Demond Mallet off the court somewhere in public, you would think that he can´t be a basketball player, especially not great basketball player,  but when you see him on court playing that game, you would say , Oh my God this boy is amazing! He really loves the game of basketball. I remember him praying before every game. He had that great energy and skills, so nobody could really stop him on court. His first year in Koln was his first season after his hard knee injury. And still he was not just one of the best guards on the team but one of the best in the league. He used to call all Serbs teammates “brate” like a real Serbian. We won the cup back than and his positive friendship and his great game really made the team better.

 

Terry Black EWE Baskets Oldenburg and Telekom Baskets Bonn retired

 

Demond was always one of the fiercest competitors I will never forget the playoffs series in Bonn whenever we would think we were getting close he’d sink a timely 3 or set up one of his teammates, then in summers I got to see how hard he worked to perfect his game Congrats!!

 

 

Spyros Paneliadis Frankfurt Skyliners retired

We are talking about a very talented player

Not only fast and strong

But intelligent too

It´s been a long time

But I remember a player that everything started and finished with him

Bamberg at that time was a very tough opponent

With a strong home court

And players always played for the team and were ready to fight

Inside this kind of team Demond was an elegant brilliant smart player

Scoring or passing exactly at the right moment

You couldn´t play away because he was a descent shooter. On the other hand you couldn´t press him or play close because his drive was deadly

Great combo guard at 1 and 2 position

 

Gerald Brown former Alba Berlin retired

 

Mallet, is a great competitor, I’m not surprised he’s been able to play at a high level up to age 40! I remember some fierce battles between our respective teams, Alba & Bamberg. D, was a very skilled player which made him a nightmare for our defense. Congratulations on a great career brother! #Salute

 

Chris Ensminger Former Brose Bamberg retired

 

I had the pleasure of playing with Demond for 2 seasons.
2004-2005 and 2005-2006 season. He was one of the top scoring guards in the BBL when he came to Bamberg. He helped us win the first BBL championship in 2005 after losing to Alba in 2003 and your team Frankfurt 2004. D could score in many different ways. Then playing in Euroleague the next season and being one of the top scorers helped boost his confidence to show he could play at the highest level.

A couple of things stand out. He always had a smile on his face. It might be a Louisiana thing because Derek Taylor ” Daddy Cool” had a similar, attitude and mindset and extremely competitive. Great scorer and teammate! Something in the water down south.

As you know I played until I was almost 40 years old as a BIG man. I am extremely impressed with any guard that can play until this age. With How quick and fast these players are in this era. Especially, Demond played at the highest levels, but remember he also had 2 ACL surgeries in early and mid 2000’s. Even more impressive! He is a professional and takes care of himself with pride.

He is a caring person as well. As an example we would invite him over for dinner/ lunch depending on practice time. He’d love to play with my 2 boys. Playing on the mini hoop, games or just getting to know each other. His favorite 2 dishes were Lasagna and Chicken enchiladas! Still talks about it today. It wasn’t me doing the cooking but my wife.

He integrated himself in the community, fan favorite because of his charisma.
So his caring and team mentality wasn’t only on the court but also off the court. We had a special group in 2005 when we won the Championship.

“WHO READY”
You could say he was our team cheerleader before the games. Vocal and enthusiastic. So after the locker room talk in the hallway or locker room the team would huddle up. DEMOND came up with a little 20-30 second mosh pit dance let’s say, yelling/ Singing “WHO READY”, then the team would respond. A little bit of motivation and team unity. Kind of hard to explain unless you were there or heard it.

Last thing is to have his jersey retired is something special. He has played for many different successful teams and countries across Europe. You’d probably get some similar feedback. Someone you can count on. A winner and awesome teammate, maybe he could have fed the Big man a little more.

He was not only a great teammate , but is a friend! Can always give him a call or send a message and count on him! Congratulations D- Mallet on a great career!

 

Stefano Garris Alba Berlin and Frankfurt Skyliners retired

 

I remember Demond as a very nice guy, but a player that always gave his opponents a tough time. That is exactly how you should play. I wish him all the best for the future.

 

 

Dirk Madrich Vechta

 

 

I knew Demond from my days in Braunschweig where I made my first professional steps. At that time he came from college. Coach Scalabroni recruited him. He was the absolute top player on the team and leader. He hurt his knee then suffering an ACL injury, but with his hard work was back on the court after 5 months. He was a great athlete which allowed him to erase his lack in size. We then moved together to the Bamberg system. I don´t have to explain more what happened that season. It was the first title for Bamberg and Demond was a big factor for the success and a top teammate on and off the court. I am happy for him that he had a great career. I wish him all the best for the future. Time flies.

 

 

Pascal Roller Frankfurt Skyliners  retired

 

I always experienced him as a fair and a model opponent. He was always able to take responsibility and hit the three. The fact that he was still playing in the ACB with 125 years shows his clear understanding what it means to be a professional player. I am sure that he will be able to give a lot back to basketball and am curious to see in what direction he will go.

 

 

Jukka Matinen Frankfurt Skyliners  retired

 

I remember him as a player who was able make something out of nothing. We played good defense just the way we wanted, took them out of their offense, and then he just came up with a way to score or get somebody open. It was frustrating . I thinks that sums up him playing against us

 

 

John Best Bayer Giants Leverkusen/Alba Berlin retired

 

He was a great point guard and was a great friend. We loved to compete against one another but we had great bond. Always had respect for that man. I wish he has a great retirement. He was a #greatdude and I will never forget how hard he played. #Salute

 

 

Brandon Gay TBB Trier retired

 

Demond what a problem every time I played against him, whether it was in Germany or Belgium. The thing you had to worry about Demond was that he never saw a shot he didn’t like! If he was 2-10 in the first half, he had the ability to go 10-10 in the second half. He was a true competitor who took pride in his craft. It was a pleasure to go to battle against him. I wish him success in his life after basketball.

 

 

Tyrone Ellis Frankfurt Skyliners retired assistant coach Phoenix Suns

 

 

 

 

I know Demond closely. He lives in Dallas where I´m from. I remember him being a fierce competitor that played hard at both ends of the court. I played against him not only in Germany, but also in Spain. I knew that when I was playing him that I needed a good night´s rest before the game. He was a crafty guard that played the pick and roll well. He was a small guard, but used the angles so well was patient and knew how to draw fouls. Getting this honor from Bamberg is well deserving I remember even before he went to Bamberg when he was playing with Braunschweig that he would work really hard over the summer on his game. By working so hard and then being in a position to get bigger roles from bigger teams showed just what kind of professional he was. We had many battles on the court and competed so hard against each other, but we had the utmost respect for one another. We fought each other on the court, but when the ball stopped bouncing it was all love.

 

 

 

Ben Perkins  BS|Energy Braunschweig and Mcneese State retired

 

Demond has been like a family member for me. I came up as a teenager admiring him. His success was something that motivated me as a player. I was very blessed to have the opportunity to come back and play with him in College and win a championship. I again followed his path as a Pro, because of the outstanding example he set for me. He showed me how to be a professional on and off the court. He truly deserves the amazing career he has had. Salute to you my brother and mentor.

 

 

Max Weber Bamberg retired

 

 

I always liked Demon. He had this competitive edge and always wanted to win in practice or in a game. He also liked adding some trash talk. I am glad that I didn´t have to defend him so much in practice. Off the court, he was a funny guy that liked to do his jokes, but was never disrespectful. He was never lacking self confidence and in combination with his God given talent, it didn´t surprise me that he had such a successful career and was still effective at an older age which wasn´t easy for a player with his stature. I am sure he will also be successful as a coach.

 

 

 

Derrick Taylor Bamberg retired Coburg(Pro B) head coach

 

 

My best memories with are too many to count because he was just a fun loving guy. He was a great locker room teammate because he was always talking trash to or about someone. We never really saw D’Mal in a bad mood, always upbeat. He was a leader on and off the court so it was easy to play with him. In Braunschweig we always saw him play because often they played our next opponent before we did so for about 6 0r 7 weeks we saw Demond’s game. I swear we watch every game for weeks and we never saw him miss and open 3 point shot!! It was almost amazing and became a running joke on our team because how can a guy make every open 3 for 6 or 7 weeks!!! And he did it without talking trash, very business like so it was really cool when he came to Bamberg and he saw his funny side plus he still didn’t miss open 3’s  But the best thing I can say about D’Mal is that he is a typical ‘Louisiana Man. That´s the biggest compliment I can another man !!!! Great dude

 

 

 

 

Igor Perovic Walter Tigers Tuebingen retired

 

 

Mallet was a high level player in the BBL during the time he played here. He was an amazing shooter and great team player. He was a very professional and hard working player. I remember when he tore his ACL during the playoffs in June. He recovered from that injury so fast that he was ready to play first game next season in October. So he recovered in less than 4 months from one of the most difficult injury in sport. That was always a mystery for me.

 

 

Jason Clark  ex Georgetown(NCAA) Telenet Giants Antwerp (Belgium-Euromillions League)

 

 

I had the pleasure of playing with Demond for a year in Charleroi. Great player, but an even greater person. Being able to be around him at an early time in my career was amazing. Soaking up all the knowledge he has for the game and how to handle yourself in a professional way was huge for me. He’s a competitor in every aspect of the game. That’s what I liked most about him. I want to thank him for all the knowledge he let me steal from him and congratulate him on an amazing career and More and more blessings from the man above.

 

 

Bernd Kruel Frankfurt Skyliners/Telekom Baskets Bonn retired

 

Not many are able to play professionally until their 40 years old. Happy Birthday and congrats on a long career. He always came over as a guy that understood the fun of the game as well as the seriousness of the game and just loved it. I believe that only in this way can someone have such a long career.

 

Wolfgang Heyder Bamberg and Gotha

Demond was one of the kindest players that we ever had in Bamberg. He always wanted to win, had balls and built a congenial duo with Derrick Taylor. The two charming boys were the hit with the women in Bamberg. I have one story in my memories. As we had our last regular season game in Berlin in April 2006, Demond injured himself 20 seconds before the end. We then hurried from Berlin to Bamberg in 2,5 hours for the MRT while Demond was crying knowing that he hadsustained  a tough injury. It was an ACL injury and our season was over before the playoffs started. We lost in the semi´s against Koln with the crazy three from Aleksandar Nadjfeji

 

 

 

 

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