Greg Logins is a 31 year old 206cm forward from Sodus, New York that began his basketball career with Canisius (NCAA) and is entering his ninth professional season and third in Germany. After playing with Chemnitz and the Hamburg Towers, he will strap on the Bayer Giants Leverkusen jersey this upcoming season. His experience has also brought him to Finland where he played parts of three seasons as well as Mexico, Morocco, Japan, Israel and Argentina. Last season he played with Team FOG Naestved (Denmark-BasketLigaen) playing 11 games averaging 9.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about basketball.
Greg thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer best?
Hello, thanks for the interview. Right now, I am back in New York, visiting my family, enjoying some time, and training hard for this upcoming season. I am enjoying the summer without stress, because this is the first time in my career, that I have signed with a team this early, end of May, and it feels good to know where I am heading.
After a season in Denmark, you are back in Germany with a third team the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Did you get homesick from Germany your home away from home?
I wanted to be placed back in Germany. I love the country a lot, and also, it is a league that I am well recognized and I am familiar with. With playing 2 seasons already in Germany, it will feel good to suite up again, but with Leverkusen.
What did you miss the most about the German culture and it’s basketball?
The thing I miss most about the culture, is that life is easy, and I feel like I have adapted to people quicker. Basketball wise, I miss the fans. Germany has some great fans, and where I am about to play this season, I hear the fans are unbelievably great and I am very excited.
Was one of the reasons why you came back the fact that you had so much success in Germany and was so consistent?
Yes I would say that. I was put in good situations to be able to be consistent for the most part.
The last team that you played for in Germany was the Hamburg Towers. Are you a bit sad that you hadn’t stayed in Hamburg last season and been a part of the massive success of the club?
I am not sad, but it would have been cool to be a part of that success. They deserve it. The Towers have been a hard working growing organization, and with being a part of it two years ago, it was special for me. With them winning the chip this year, I salute to them for grinding and getting it done.
Congrats on signing with the winningest BBL team of all-time Bayer Giants Leverkusen who just moved up from the Pro B to the Pro A. What do you know about the rich history of the club that dominated the early 90’s in the BBL?
Thanks for the congrats. I think it’s cool to be a part of a club that has so much history. With them winning the Pro B last year and with a great record, I think it is going to draw more noise for the city/fans as we compete in the Pro A. I’ve researched a bit about the club before signing, and I am impressed about everything.
Head coach Hansi Gnad is really high on your abilities. What was the deciding factor for you that made you chose to come back to Germany and play for them?
Yes, I am excited to play for him and give my all in every way possible. As everyone’s seen my face in the league for some time, they know what I am capable of doing and my abilities as a player. The deciding factor of me coming back to Germany, was to just be back and playing for a good team in a good situation, and I feel Leverkusen is it.
How excited are you to be playing with 2019 Pro B player of the year Nick Hornsby? You guys will be a very strong duo at the forward position. Does his talent and great ability motivate you extra for the upcoming season having a guy around that will always push you?
Hats off to Nick. It explains its self of how hard and talented he is, to become POY. I’m highly excited to play with him and become a dangerous duo. With my motivation and drive and I’m sure his is high also, we will feed it off to the team, and become a collectively unique team.
What will you be your main goals concerning your game this season? You are now in your thirties. Because of your experience, do you expect even more success from your game than say 2-3 years ago where you had less experience?
My main goal is to just do what I do. Play my game, rebound for us, and run the floor to create for others. I am in my thirties, but the way I train, and find new scenarios to keep my motor going, I will be just fine. I do expect more than previous years. I’m older, wiser, and have a lot more experience.
Last season you played with Team FOG Naestved (Denmark-BasketLigaen) playing11 games averaging 9.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 80.0%. How do you feel are you a better player now than when you played with the Hamburg Towers?
Of course each year I still continue to learn and improve. You can never stop doing those things. I just feel on different teams, sometimes you have different roles. But as a professional, you just have to do your demands the best you can. Denmark and Hamburg I played two different styles, so that’s why it’s different in ways.
You weren’t happy with your role in Hamburg as you didn’t have to do as much as in Chemnitz. What kind of role do you expect to have in Leverkusen and will the duo Logins/Hornsby allow you to have the role you want to have?
In Hamburg, I did have a role. It was something I had to try to accept and just do the best I could. Obviously in Chemnitz, my role was much bigger, and allowed me to showcase more what I could do. After speaking with coach, I’m sure he knows how to use his pieces right, and put us in the comfortable positions to be successful and do what we do best. Playing aside a guy like Nick, will just make it that much better.
When you turned 30 you stated that you didn’t feel like you were in your prime. Do you feel like your prime is here now and what kind of player will the Bayer Giants Leverkusen fans witness this season?
I’m just a year older haha, but the way I train my body during the off-season, I still few amazing. I do not feel I have lost anything. I feel great. The fans of Leverkusen will see a hard working player, that is energetic, high positivity, and willing to do whatever to help the team win.
In the last years you improved your perimeter game and foot work. How do you feel did your game improve in the last season in Denmark further?
Yes, I have worked more on my post and face up game. It’s always good to keep putting knew things in your overall package.
Your best scoring and rebounding games in the German Pro A were 29 points and 18 rebounds and 21 points and 19 boards against Rhondorf. What was your personal favorite and best game in the Pro A?
Those games were awesome. But my most favorite game was winning the game to go to the playoffs. The fans of Chemnitz went nuts because it was the first in a while.
On what things on your game will you continue to work on most this summer as your grinding in the lab?
I’m working on a lot of face up game and attacking.
Please name your best five teammates of all-time in no particular order?
There has been a lot of hype around Zion Williamson. What has been your impression of him? Will he be one of the all-time greats or just another very good player in the NBA?
The kid is one of a kid. It is just amazing of how strong, and athletic he is, at that size. He is 280lbs, and jumps out of the gym. It is hard to say of how he will be in the NBA, and how he will adapt, but time will tell.
When all is said and done do you feel like Luka Doncic could become the greatest European ever to play in the NBA?
I don’t know about greatest, because I think Dirk has that title after his 20 years, but I believe he could be listed in the same category as Dirk, as being one of the greatest of all times.
What was the last movie that you saw
Thanks Greg for the chat