Greg Logins is a 30 year old 203cm forward from Sodus, New York that recently completed his seventh professional season and second in Germany with the Hamburg Towers averaging 7,9ppg and 3,9rpg. He started his basketball career with Canisius (NCAA) in 2007 where he played until 2011 and as a senior played 30 games: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 45.4%, FT: 78.3%. In 2011 he turned professional and played for Barreteros de Zacatecas (Mexico-LNBP): 10 games: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 68.4%, left in Dec.’11, then joined RST Tanger (Morocco-D1) playing 15 games: 25.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, 0.9bpg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 69.5%. He then played for Lappeenranta NMKY (Korisliiga) in Finland from 2012-2014. In the 2014-2015 season he played for Fukuoka Rizing (Japan-BJ League) playing 30 games averaging 9.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 35.3%, FT: 70.6%, in Feb.’15 moved to Tapiolan Honka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 10 games averaging 12.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 31.8%. Two seasons ago he played for Chemnitz playing 28 games averaging 12.2ppg, Reb-5(8.5rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 84.9%. In the 2016-2017 season he played for Ramat Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 9 games averaging 11.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3FGP: 23.9%, FT: 64.7%, in Jan.’17 moved to Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (Argentina-LigaA) playing 5 game averaging 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg. He spoke to German Hoops at the end of the 2017-2018 season where he played with the Hamburg Towers.
Greg, thanks for talking to German Hoops. It has been almost two years since our season ending interview when you were a member the Niners Chemnitz. Has time flown by since then?
You are welcome Miles. Thanks for reaching out to me for the interview. Yes the time has flown by since we last spoke. As in this business, time does go by fast as your in the seasons.
Before we get back to this season, lets go back briefly to last season where you played in Israel and Argentina. You played only 15 games in total. Was it on the court a season to forget, but memorable off the court as you witnessed two new cultures as you added countries 6 and 7 to your resume in your professional career?
Yes, The Israel second league is a good league. I was there from August to Februry, and then parted ways to sign with a previous powerhouse team in Argentina. Although, both situations at the time was not the best situations for me, that´s why so less games, but I still managed to finish the season off back in Finland, a familiar place for me. It was a blessing to be able to be in Israel to experience all of the biblical historical things that are there. It was definitely a great experience and time there. In Argentina, it was nice there also. The weather was similar to Israel, because I was located in one of the hottest spots in the country. So it made it nicer because of the good weather and being similar to my prior location. Outside of basketball for both countries were great situations. On the court, it was really great competition and leagues, but as an individual, it was not the best fit for me on the teams.
You had a solid season with Ramat Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 10 games averaging 11.3ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3FGP: 23.9%, FT: 64.7%. You have played in many leagues in your career, but where did the Israel national league rank with other leagues you have played in in skill and talent?
I was killing it in Israel, which is a great league, with great players. statistically I was doing my job well. Ranked amongst other leagues that I have played in this would be in the top 3.
What kind of experience was it being teammates with ex NBA player Derrick Caracter? Did he still have some of that zip in his game that he had when he was a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers?
It was nice to be teammates with D.C. We actually shared a big apartment out in Israel, so I got to know him very well off the court also, and it was good for me to pick his brain and gain some knowledge from him being that he played in the worlds best league (NBA). We used to have talks all of the time and he used to share his stories that Kobe shared with him, to help him on the court. D.C still was a beast out in Israel. He still has a good game to him and plays smooth with finess.
It doesn´t happen often, but once in a while you do see guys like a PJ Tucker that started in the NBA, had to go overseas for a few years and then made the jump back to the NBA. But you also see a lot of guys that started in the NBA like a Derrick Caracter, but then never make it back. Is this just a side of the NBA business that shows it can be a cruel process?
Yes, I do believe that it is all business. I mean you have a guy like D.C that can still play in the league, but just never got the open opportunity to get back. The guys has a NBA ring, and played for one of the best organization in the NBA. But I do believe that the process is hard, and nowadays, it´s all about politics, who you know, and the right moments.
You finished the season with Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (Argentina-LigaA) playing 5 games averaging 4.8ppg, 3.0rpg. You were there less than a month. Did you even get to unpack your suitcase? Another country, another culture. You lived in the north of Argentina between Chile and Paraguay. What will stick in your mind about the Argentine culture?
I actually was in Argentina long enough to unpack everything. Although I only played in 5-6 games, I was still there practicing, and just was not suited up to play some games due to players moments, and the situation I was brought into. But, the culture there is pretty interesting. I was living in Santiago, which is kind of a poor city in Argentina, but still the people there cherished life as if they had everything in the world. It was a really nice experience, but also made me be thankful for all that I had in life and the opportunities that the man above has given me.
You were teammates with ex NBA player Justin Williams. How meaningful was it having his company on and off the court? Did he get in his 2 cents about his short time with the Sacramento Kings?
Justin and I became good friends while me being there. Him and I use to always grab a bit to eat after practices and games and hang out together. He is a great dude overall, and a beast on the court. It was also nice to hang out with him because he knew everyone, being that he has been playing there for a few years in the same organization. I already knew who he was because of the Kings, but we did not really get into his time there.
How blessed were you after your season last year to land back with the Hamburg Towers? Is Germany a country you could see yourself continuing to play in if given the best chance?
It was a blessing to come back to Germany, because I like the country. I have also had great success here before, so why not try it again. I could see myself here, if the best situation came forth, and I felt it was the right fit for me, then yes I could see myself continuing here in the country.
After reaching the Pro A playoffs in their first two years of existence from 2014-2016, they have finished 9th and 10th the last two seasons as they still haven´t reached their goal of the easyCredit BBL. Did you feel some pressure this season as a club with the team underachieving a bit?
Yes, this season was a little stressful and I do feel it was a lot of pressure for everyone. We started off the season as one of the best teams 9-3, and then I believe the pressure went even higher, and things started to go down south. But, this was a season with some learning experiences, but I am sure, the right path will approach.
The Hamburg Towers started off strong with a 9-3 record, but from mid December until the end of the season had a 5-15 record. What was the biggest reasons why the club didn´t make the playoffs?
I am not the one to really say what was the reasons of this or that, I will just keep it professional and say as a collective, meaning, organization, players, coaches, we did not get the job done.
In the last 20 games, the Hamburg Towers lost six games by five or less points. It had experienced guys, but did these close loses ultimately keep you away from the playoffs?
Yes, these close games were very important to us. Had we won those 6 games, we are talking about having 18-19 wins and being in the playoffs without a question.
How costly did the injury to German Justin Raffington hurt the team´s chemistry? The team did bring in experienced German Jannik Freese who helped fill the absence and had guys like Enosch Wolf and Stefan Schmidt, but overall that dominant big man was missing.
Justin was a huge part of the team and was a very important piece to the team, that was also a big reason of our success. He is crazy athletic, plays above the rim, and protects the rim well. When he got injured, we kind of lost that style of play. Even though, the other guys that you have mentioned are productive, they just have different styles of play aside Justin.
Would you say the team season highlight was sweeping playoff team MLP Academics Heidelberg or was there another?
It was great to sweep Heidelberg, and also having a great start, but I would say that the season highlight amongst the team, was that no matter what, we all still stuck together some how and kept fighting no matter what.
How pleasurable was it playing with talented American Jonathon Williams. He started in the Juco, via Wagner(NCAA) and the Pro B and played two seasons in the Pro A. The logical step in the easyCredit BBL. Did his play warrant to get a chance in the BBL?
Jon and I are brothers. I pretty much hung out with him every day and we became great friends from the start. I think he is a really good player, and he will get a chance to see what his game will be like in the BBL I believe.
What was it like battling young talented Bosnian Adin Vrabac? He already played in the easyCredit BBL as a 20 year old with Trier. How did both of you compliment best form each other?
Adin is a young experienced talented guy. As a lot of people know of his experience, and the high level clubs he has played for, the kid definitely can play ball and knows the game. We got along well on the court. It was a pleasure to play with him.
Let´s talk about your game. You played less minutes in Hamburg than with Chemnitz and obviously your stats suffered. How was your role different with the Hamburg Towers then with Chemnitz?
My role here was not a role I was really happy with, but I just continued to grind it out and just do what was asked of me to do. In Chemnitz, I was able to just do more than here, and I believe my style fit well into the plans.
You averaged 7,9ppg, 3,9rpg and shot 38,6% from outside. How content were you with your season. What were your personal highs on the court?
I was not content at all with my season. Everyone who knows me and see what I have done previously, knows that this is not the G that they know. But as a professional, I just did the best I could and continued to work hard and grind. My personal high on the court, was that I was able to bring that energy along with sharing knowledge, shoot the ball well, and stretch the floor.
Two seasons ago you said this to me in our interview about what you want to improve. “I want to continue to grind and work on attacking more from the perimeter going both ways. Also just to continue to improve on my footwork”. Have you improved in these areas in the last two years and also how have you developed further as a player since Chemnitz?
Yes I have improved it. In Israel and Argentina it showed a lot. With Hamburg, you could see it also some, when I was put into the position to do so. I do believe I developed more since Chemnitz from playing in higher leagues, and also from playing alongside ex NBA players and more experienced players.
What is the next step for Greg Logins? You recently turned 30. Are you in your prime or are you slowly approaching it?
I do not know what the upcoming season will bring. We will have to wait and see what my agent gets and what teams, countries, offer. Yes, I turned 30 in March, but I still feel young. I do not feel as if I am in my prime, I still feel as good as I did 2-3 years ago.
Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?
I think Lebron stands very close to that title. But, not just yet. We shall see what the next years will bring and what else he accomplishes individually, and for his team.
There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?
Russell Westbrook is a beast. The man is doing stuff that not too many players have done, or will ever do. Besides it is the NBA, who plays defense anyways? Maybe a hand full of guys.
How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?
I think a sleeper that is doing well in the NBA that is making noise is Lauri Markkanen. He has turned many heads.
Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?
I think that the Rockets has a really good core, and with the addition of CP3, they are even better. I can see them going really far this year.
How do you rate the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade? Who got the better deal and which team will profit better in the long run? And what was your take on the Cavs wheeling and dealing sending away Thomas, Wade and Rose? How quickly will they be successful?
Boston got the better end. But now Kyrie is out for the rest of the year so how successful will they be? The Cavs did need the change though because they were old, and they needed young new energy.
Where will the journey of the Oklahoma Thunder go this season with Westbrook, George and Anthony? Can they make a serious run in the west?
I think they might make some noise, if they all stay healthy.
How did you experience the 2018 NCAA March Madness? What was the most spectacular upset in the tournament?
This year was a crazy year for the NCAA March Madness. A lot of brackets busted. I think that North Carolina was one of the biggest upsets.
Deandre Ayton seems like he could be the #1 NBA draft pick in 2018. But having been in Europe this season you must of seen some highlights of Real Madrid´s 19 year old stand out Luca Doncic who belonged to the best players in the Euroleague. Should a guy like that be the automatic #1 pick just from sheer experience and talent?
I think he should be #1. The kid is killing it over here in Europe at the highest levels in the game. His talent and level of play is really high.
Lebron James makes amazing passes in every game, but really showcased it in a game this season against the Los Angeles Lakers. He already is like a point guard, but if he played just point guard and concentrated only on playmaking how many assists do you feel would he average per game?
I think he could average about 12 a game.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Greg for the chat.