Deandre Lansdowne is a 30 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that is currently playing for Germani Brescia Leonessa (Italy-Serie A) averaging 13,3ppg, 3,0rpg and 1,6apg in the Serie A and in the Eurocup is averaging 10,9ppg, 2,6rpg and 2,3apg. Last season he played with Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. In his first season he averaged 14.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3 (1.7spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 72.8% and last season upped his stats averaging 18,6ppg,3,4rpg and 3,6apg. In 2016-2017 he played with the Hamburg Towers averaging 12,3ppg, 5,0rpg and 2,3apg. He started his career in Germany in 2015-2016 in the Pro B where he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5%. He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his memories of Kobe Bryant.
Where were you and how did you find about the death of Kobe Bryant?
I had just returned to my home from a game.
When I heard about it, I thought it was a hoax. What were your first thoughts when you heard about it?
I didn’t believe it was true, in a few of my group chats with friends back in America were trying to figure out if it was real or not. We didn’t want to believe it either.
How much of your day the day after did you take informing yourself about his death and watching videos?
Videos, pictures, they were everywhere. For the day it was a time of grief to remember how much he really did inspire me as a basketball player throughout my whole career. You were born in 1989. You were 7 when he began with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996.
Can you remember about when you first knew about Kobe Bryant and what was your first impression of him as a kid?
I followed Kobe more seriously when I was in my later high school days. But loved his game, and his fire while playing. He was just always in ‘Kill Mode’ on both ends of the floor.
How did your love for Kobe Bryant develop over time as you got through childhood and high school? How do you remember following his career?. You were in college when he won again in 2010
I always followed his stats and games. Always watched what he was doing, and how he was doing things. It was just a beauty to watch his offensive game, and how he didn’t save any energy on defense also. Yeah I was, and I celebrated for sure. Haha
Kobe Bryant was for so many the greatest ever. What did you appreciate most about his game? Was he a guy that you pretended to be on the playgrounds?
As I’ve said before. His offensive skill sets, having little weaknesses. As well as on defense he showed no mercy to his opponent. He took pride in guarding the other teams best player while being the offensive go to player.
Kobe Bryant had so many amazing games like his 81 points and countless other games where it was lights out as well as winning 5 titles. What is your fondest memory of him of what he did on the court?
Yes his 81 point game was just one of the best to watch!
The outpouring of sadness was incredible in the last 24 hours. Guys were crying and leaving heart felt messages on Social Media. How long do you think it will take until the basketball world comes to terms with this tragedy?
It will take a long time. People are doing and showing such amazing respects to Kobe and Gigi ALL OVER THE WORLD!
When you look back in 20 years on the career of Kobe Bryant how will you remember his legacy best?
How many kids that are now adults that he impacted and inspired.
One of my last questions in my standard interviews is what is your opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James. Often players remind me that I left out Kobe Bryant.I have been thinking about this a lot in the last. How worthy is a Kobe Bryant to be seen as the greatest of all-time?
They all are game changing, kid inspiring people. They are all the GOATS, neither above the other.
My last question isn’t what is the last movie you saw, but what video of Kobe Bryant will you take a look again when you have some time to look back at his great career?
I will just YouTube Kobe motivation, and that’s all you need!
Thanks Deandre for sharing your memories of Kobe Bryant.