Chase Adams is a 30 year old 188cm point guard from Baltimore, Maryland that is playing his ninth professional season and first with BBC Coburg. Last season he played with the Hebeisen White Wings averaging 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-4 (2.0spg), FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 76.2%. He played two seasons with the Uni Baskets Paderborn and two seasons ago averaged 11,9ppg, 4,1rpg and 5,6apg. He started his basketball career at Centenary (NCAA) in 2006 where he played three seasons and a total of 89 NCAA games. As a senior he moved to Pittsburgh (NCAA). He turned professional in 2011 and played briefly in the ABA and in the UBL before making Germany his home as he played for teams like Dortmund, Bochum, and Science City Jena. He spoke to germanhoops.com before the last regular season game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.
Chase thanks for talking to germanhoops.com This is our eighth interview since your first full season in Paderborn in 2015-2016. The interviews just keep coming, time flies by and your with a new team again with BBC Coburg. Could one say that Germany is your second home now?
I think I’m Germanized for sure now, so yes. I’ve enjoyed all my seasons here in Germany and I’ve been able to grow tremendously throughout the process on and off the court.
After 8 interviews I will finally get to see you play. What will be the first thing that you will ask me when we meet after the game?
So! Am I the real deal or not? Something like that. Just hearing your honest opinion about my game will help me to see where I can improve.
After being a Pro A player for three seasons was it tough taking a step back this season and playing in the Pro B with BBC Coburg?
At first it was tough mentally but I learned to change my perspective on things. I’m doing what I love every day and now my job is to keep lifting this team up. We came up short by not reaching the playoffs, but it doesn’t mean we failed.
You really had very good statistical seasons in the Pro A, but last season Hanau struggled in the Pro A. Do you feel like Pro A teams didn’t want to give you a chance to lead their teams this season?
I believe my game and what I bring to the table is far greater/valuable than what the stats can show and last year I thought I proved that. I don’t need to pull out a fact sheet either, it’s unfortunate this season I wasn’t in the PRO A; that won’t discourage me. I’ll be ready for whatever comes my way, that’s just how I’m built.
Two words that will stick with you whenever you look back to the Coburg season and that is Basketball Lowen. You lost two tough one point games to them which cost you the playoffs. How tough is it for you and the club having to live with this?
This is all part of the learning process, there were so many challenges we had to face as a team and one moment didn’t define our entire season. We overachieved and put ourselves in a position to talk playoffs which is a great sign for things to come for this organization. From this point on its building on the momentum that we finish off with; which is much more than what they had the previous season. Takes time to establish/build culture; the Philadelphia 76’ers/Golden State Warriors are a perfect example of that.
A few bounces and stops could have secured you the playoffs in the two games against the Basketball Lowen. Is it fair for you to take a part of the blame as the point guard?
Looking in the mirror is second nature for any competitor. I can recount so many times that I could have did something better to lead the team to victory in both Derby Games. The fact is if you give a team too many chances they will find a way to burry you eventually. Erfurt has a strong squad and they played some of their best basketball in those games.
BBC Coburg had a three part season. You began bad losing five of the first seven games, then had a good phase winning 7 of 9 games and now have a four game losing streak. Do you feel like the club had more potential to have had the ability to have won more games?
A slow start to the season ended up being a theme to our ending. There was tremendous potential that we couldn’t quite hone in on. This is not how any of us pictured the last few games going, the playdowns you can expect us to get back on track.
Do you feel like the last loss to the Basketball Lowen cost you the season? After that you lost three games by an average of 25 points?
Even after that crushing loss we had a fighting chance to make playoffs still. Now our focus will shift, and we can treat it like the 4th part of our season. It’s about time we do the stomping because 25 point losses won’t cut it.
What do you feel like did the team get away from in the last three loses? The team gave up 90 points on average.
Our lack of focus and energy hindered us in these crucial games down the stretch. We got a little complacent minded and other teams thrived off that. In the big games we won, we initiated the fight. As teammates we have to hold each other accountable and lock in on our opponents starting from the top of the week. When we consistently bring that focus and energy we are a top team in all of Pro B.
Now the club comes to Frankfurt and will play 7 more games in the playdowns. You obviously will want to close out the season strong. What kind of motivation will these last games give the team?
This isn’t the time to relax for any player looking forward to playing next season. We will be fighting with other clubs to stay in the league. Now is the time to reboot and start fresh again with the intent to change our old/bad habits. Everyone is geared up to do this, changing the narrative is important to us.
How excited will you be playing in the beautiful BCM training facility of the Fraport Skyliners? Isaac Bonga learned his trade here two years and the gym also has welcomed guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Arroyo and Alan Anderson over the years.
I played pre-season in that facility last year, it’s nice. Hopefully I can leave my stamp on the court, as one of the greats to grace that gym.
Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a pleasure has it been playing with French man Kevin Franceschi? Was that the first time that you had a French guy as a teammate? What do you appreciate most about his game?
First time ever playing with a French man, It’s been a great one-two punch, and he’s excellent Crpe maker too. His athleticism and speed is remarkable, I thought he could use it even more at times. Having such a polished perimeter game, he didn’t have to rely on banging with the bigs as much, and I thought that was smart. Kevin has tremendous upside for the future.
German Christopher Wolf has a lot of potential at age 23. He has played many years of Pro B in Ehingen as well. Does a guy like this have Pro A format?
Chris is definitely Pro A material, I remember playing him when I was at Paderborn thinking he was an older guy. His ability to shoot the 3 is his best asset as a stretch 4, makes teams unable to help as much. This year statistically has been one of the best for him and he’s showing he can do much more than just shoot. The fact that he’s under 25 is a major plus and it’s certain he has the ability to step up to that level.
Did you take German kids Christoph Bauer and Louis Herbst under your wing? What did you concentrate on most in helping their game progress as point guards?
It’s always a great feeling to share knowledge when you can and just show them effective ways to produce on the court. Defensively giving tips on how to force players into bad situations is a big key and offensively controlling the game/setting up teammates is another aspect I like to share with the point guards. Coaches look to us to establish defensive pressure and the ability to run the team, so I focus with those areas the most.
Let’s talk about your game. In Paderborn you played for German Uli Naechster and in Hanau for American Simon Cote while in Coburg for German Ulf Schafbacker. What have been the advantages in your experience to having played for German coaches?
I don’t think there are really any advantages, they all treated me with respect and trust to run the show. With all three coaches we were able to connect well and deliver the message to the rest of the players; being on the same page helps the players to buy in.
You are filling up the stat sheet well in the Pro B and have upped your stats from your Pro A seasons. Have you been content with your individual play this season?
You already know the answer. ABSOLUTELY NOT. I just won’t be satisfied until I have it all. Even if I had all the accolades, it’s nothing like winning a championship. It’s nice that I’m playing well don’t get me wrong but I want more.
In our last interview you stated that your leadership badge never got removed when you went from Paderborn to Hanau. How was it for you leading a Pro B team with Coburg this season?
I continue to wear my badge proudly wherever, whenever, however need be. I knew coming in exactly what was expected of me. Coming in to a 1-4 start situation was a challenge I was willing to accept. I had no choice but to do what I’ve been doing over the past few years and everyone was receptive to me.
In our last interview I asked you about your secret to improving your three point shooting in Hanau. You stated ‘ I like to challenge myself with intense shooting routines and having a shooting gun is a huge plus. Always watching film of games, how teams will guard ball screens or how they defend scorers; then practicing those type of shots. Consistency is that final ingredient, even when I start shooting bad. Keep fine tuning your shot so your ready when that moment comes, that’s all you can do’: With Coburg you upped your shooting again to 42%. You seem to be getting better with age as a shooter.
Yes indeed. I can’t make this up or stress it enough, this game takes more than just attending your practice once or twice a day. How bad do you want it? There are so many things you can do to develop, at any age. It’s all about tapping into each area; mental, body care, conditioning, repetitions. Once these things become routine then your really become a Pro.
In our last interview you also stated ‘These are the pre stages of my prime. I’m definitely not slowing down, just starting to get my flow back. After having improved in many area’s of your stats this season, do you feel that you have now arrived in your prime at age 30?
Ok Ok, Maybe now is the start of prime Chase. If so I’m ready to capitalize on it because I feel about 25. I haven’t lost anything yet so that’s a good sign.
It’s still so early, but when all is said and done could Luka Doncic be one of the greatest Europeans that ever played in the NBA?
He has my vote as long as he stays healthy and out of trouble.
What was your reaction when you heard that Lebron James named himself the greatest of all-time?
It’s his opinion, I respect it. Looking at his resume it’s hard to refute that statement. Let’s just say he is at the GOAT table next to MJ.
Charles Barkley recently proclaimed that Tom Brady Is more of a GOAT than Michael Jordan. Do you share his opinion?
No chance. He’s the GOAT of football, but as an athlete, he might have to take a backseat to MJ.
Do you think that the New England Patriots and Tom Brady Can Win A Seventh Super Bowl and where would Tom Brady then stand with the greatest athletes of all-time?
If Brady is in the championship for a 7th time it’s hard to go against him. Top 10 All-Time Greatest Athlete.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Nice Guys
Thanks Chase for the chat.