Chase Adams is a 30 year old 188cm point guard from Baltimore, Maryland that is in his tenth professional season and recently was released by the Rostock Seawolves(Pro A) averaging 2,8ppg,2,2rpg and 2,4apg.. Last season he played with BBC Coburg averaging 16.4ppg, 5.8rpg, Assists-4(6.0apg), Steals-2(2.9spg), FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 87.7%. In 2017-2018 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 about his time with Rostock.
Chase thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and is it tough being released in a time where you were always with a team the last years?
Thank you for taking the time to interview me, it’s always a pleasure. At the moment I’m still here in Germany taking a brief moment to process it all. This is just a minor setback that surely won’t define me or end me.
When I read of your release, I was a bit shocked, but then again your stats were way down which also surprised me. Is this release a good example of how teams usually react when a players stats aren´t up to par?
Teams will definitely take quick action when things aren’t moving according to their plan. It’s crazy that a narrative can painted without any explanation and Players don’t have a voice on the matter, regardless of the fact, clubs will do what they feel is best.
What was your reaction upon hearing of your release? Was it something you were expecting or was it something that came out of the blue?
Heartbroken in so many ways, One of those gut wrenching feelings to say the least, I didn’t expect the club to make such a drastic change so soon. This isn’t the start anyone could have predicted.
I´m sure this release wasn´t an easy one for you. How have you been dealing with this mentally? How do you stay positive and keep the focus to keep grinding and looking ahead?
1st and foremost my Newborn who gives me so much life everyday and of course my wife who has been with me through all the ups & downs keeping me grounded. I’ve also been fortunate to have an outpouring of Love & support from Family, Ex-teammates, and Fans who have helped me to keep my head held high. All I know is how to Grind and there isn’t any quit in me. I’m still very confident in my abilities and what I can offer a club, so looking ahead I plan to workout and set my mind on the return to the court.
The Rostock Seawolves are a club that have had an amazing rise coming from the Regionalliga to the Pro A and with more and more success over the years the expectations also grew. The club started off 1-4. What have been the main reasons for the slow start?
When building a strong roster with a lot of new pieces it’s not always a grand slam hit. At high professional levels you can see managing players time can be a key factor, building the teams identity takes time to develop, and overall chemistry is something that constantly needs to be worked on. Eventually things should start rolling because the pieces are there.
Often teams react when it´s already to late. Do you feel like management should of given this team more time to find each other?
It seemed a bit premature, you don’t win the league solely in the first half of the season. Anyone looking at this team can see the potential is there and one win could change everything. It’s unfortunate I couldn’t be there to aid in the turn around because this is what I’m hired for. There isn’t much I haven’t seen or been through in my career and these are the type of moments you need a guy like me for (ie. my last season with Coburg).
The team knew how to put the ball in the basket averaging 82 points, but also gave up 84 points per game. Was the real passion and will to defend as if it was the last game missing?
This team will have to dig deep inside to figure that out, I can’t speak for anyone. Now there might be a greater sense of urgency with my release. The pressure is super high and tough players will naturally adapt because those survival instincts start to kick in.
Often a team will blame the point guard for the woes. But if you look at the overall team performance there have also been other guys not fulfilling expectations. But despite all that the point guard had to hit the road. Is it fair to pin the scape goat on a guy that averaged only 13 minutes per game?
That´s the business! Of course if given more time I know this story would have turned out differently. 13 minutes is not the vision I had coming here, it made it much more difficult to fulfill my role. Huge wake up call given out to the players and now I think they could take off, the optics unfortunately don’t benefit me.
When I look at your stats, I don´t see Chase Adams. You took an average of 2,5 shots per game. Did you not get the trust from head coach Milan Skobalj?
That’s a great question for the Coach. It’s a known fact that with substantial minutes I’m an impact player. I thought I exhibited that well early on in pre-season, things just weren’t clicking.
Why do you feel you couldn´t produce better stats? Sometimes it just doesn´t fit. Was your game effected by how the team played as a team?
Our style of play involved us sharing the ball a lot and we have a lot of talented shooters and scorers. So during my minutes, the focus was always predicated toward facilitating and organization. I offer a lot to Teams On/Off the court; specifically on the court everything I do isn’t always represented on the stat sheet. So, ultimately it did effect me.
How tough was it playing 13 minutes per game when you were used to playing 30 plus minutes in Hanau and Paderborn?
Its a challenge to go from 30 minutes average to 13 minutes. I had a more ball dominant role with Hanau and Paderborn, and the style of Play suited my game perfectly. With 30 minutes you can just feel the game out more; making plays to get my teammates involved first and then I turn up when the time calls.
In hindsight what would you have changed or done differently so you and the Team could have been more successful?
Using some of my old methods, tough love in particular, probably made it hard in the past for people to like me but I think it brought the most out of my teammates. That also kept me on my toes.
Your teammate Martin Bogdanov got the majority of the minutes at the point guard position. He played a few years in the BBL and has improved his minutes in the last years in the Pro A and developed into a very solid point guard. How did you see his development and do you think he picked up some positives from your game?
I’ve been playing against Boggy for years and having the chance to play along side him was something I looked forward to. I thought it could have been a comparable connection to what I experienced in Hanau with Til Jonke. He is well on his way to becoming a Leader, 2nd season with this club and starting is a great opportunity for him to show who he is. I think the missing pieces he got to grasp from all of our battles in practice but outside that he’s a real solid guy.
You played in the Pro B in Coburg last year. Do you feel like that may have been the wrong step having missed a season of the competitive Pro A level?
Not at all, because my game is proven and people know that. I don’t think it’s a question if I can compete at this level. Look at my stats over the years I can do a lot on both ends with high efficiency.
What is the next step for you? Will you stay in Germany and wait for the telephone to ring? I´m sure your agent Gerrit from Scorer´s First will get you a job soon.
The Next Step for Me is to continue my Pro career. I’ve never been afraid of a closed door and failure is not an option at this point. I still got that Dog in me, so wherever I land it’s on.
A positive thing that will stick in Rostock was your good character. You still have game and will get picked up soon. How blessed do you feel being able to fit in in any place because of how you conduct yourself?
Without God by my side non of this is possible, so I’m humble and thankful for everything he’s allowed me to experience. All of the trials and triumphant moments I’ve endured in my career have given me the strength I needed to grow as a player, and even more so as a family man. I hope to inspire people through my journey, the passion, all the Hard work I put in, and the sacrifices I made to make my dreams come true. So appreciative to all the fans and family from all over rooting for me to win! They accept me for who I am and it allows me to return the Love. This is all I ever wanted to do and I want to do it right, until the wheels fall off.
The NBA season has started. Which team of the teams that picked up the superstars with the Lakers, Clippers, Rockets and Nets will have the most success this season?
Clippers, how can anyone bet against Kawhi after what he did in the playoffs/finals. The team around him now might be even more solid.
How do you feel will the Boston Celtics do this season? How will the team be different with a Kemba Walker than with a Kyrie Irving and will they be more successful?
The Celtics will be a contender for the ECF, Kemba is a great substitute. Averaged the same stats as Kyrie in the previous season and he’s shown time and time again he can carry a team.
What was the last movie that you saw?
“Dolemite is my Name” on Netflix
Thanks Chase for the chat.