Devon Moore is a 30 year old 193cm guard from Columbus, Ohio that is playing his sixth professional season and first with Langenhagen (Regionalliga). He played in countries like Hungry and the Ukraine, but played most of his career in Germany. He played with Ehingen from 2014-2018 playing a total of 80 games. He helped Ehingen move up to the Pro A in 2016. He played three seasons in the Pro A with Ehingen and showed that in two of the three seasons belonged to the top point guards leading the league in assists in 2015 with 6,6apg an din 2017 was third in the league with 5,7apg. The American who played at JMU (NCAA) from 2008-2013. 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 was on my way back from a road game. One of my teammates shows us on the bus. I didn’t believe it until I got the ESPN alert, which was a shocker.
When I heard about it, I thought it was a hoax. What were your first thoughts when you heard about it?
I couldn’t believe it, We just lost a game then you get this news. I just sat in silence on the bus.
How much of your day the day after did you take informing yourself about his death and watching videos?
For the next 48 hours, I looked up everything I ever logged back into Facebook and Instagram.just to stay connected and see if it was a Dream or not.
Can you remember about when you first knew about Kobe Bryant and what was your first impression of him as a kid?
I had the pleasure of watching him in high school and you knew he would be special. His talent level was out of this world and the way he played the game was amazing.
How did your love for Kobe Bryant develop over time? How do you remember following his career
My love for Kobe has always been there. My Father is a die heart Laker fan. I mean Magic and James Worthy type Lakers fan. So growing up we only watched the Lakers or the Bulls Of course to see how hard he worked not only on the court but off the courts as a Man is what I will always Respect. I try every day to be like him.
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?
His mental aspect was something you can’t teach. He worked his tail off so I took little things from him to put into my game.
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?
Of course the 81 point game also I think the first title where so many people said he wasn’t ready, he was too young and he went out and proved them wrong.
The outpouring of sadness was incredible in the lastweeks. Guys were crying and leaving heartfelt messages on Social Media. How long do you think it will take until the basketball world comes to terms with this tragedy?
I honestly don’t think it never will. He meant some much to basketball and everything he was doing off the court for women’s sports you can’t get over that. I’m still in disbelief, couple days before I watched a workout of him and Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon and he looked really happy and at peace.
When you look back in 20 years on the career of Kobe Bryant how will you remember his legacy best?
One of the greatest of all time hands down.
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 months. How worthy is a Kobe Bryant to be seen as the greatest of all-time?
I never understood why his name wasn’t in the conversation because it deserves to be. In my opinion, it’s MJ, KB, LBJ I always thought this was the order. Kobe was the closest thing we have seen to Jordan. I love Lebron but it’s just a different level and they two are on their own. Thank you for letting me be a part of this interview it’s always a pleasure God bless.
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 watch a lot of film on Kobe so probably him working out with Hakeem Olajuwon.
Thanks Devon for the chat.