Kris Davis is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Detroit that finished his fifth professional season and first with The Tigers Tuebingen averaging 8,2ppg, 2,2rpg and 2,1apg and shot 37% from outside. Last season he played for Phoenix Hagen averaging 13,6ppg, 2,4rpg and 3,5apg. He played three seasons in Spain. In 2017-2018 he played with KIA Sakimovil Navarra de Pamplona (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 35 games averaging 14.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 75.0%. Three seasons ago he played with Arcos Albacete Basket (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 30 games averaging 15.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 72.5%. As a rookie he played with Penas Huesca (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 40 games averaging 7.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 65.3%. He started his basketball career with SIU Edwardsville (NCAA in 2011 playing a total of 110 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 69.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the Coronavirus crisis.
Hi Kris where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?
Right now I’m back home in Detroit, Michigan. It’s a little crazy right now with everything that’s going on with this virus but I’m trying be calm and be optimistic about the situation.
When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?
When I first heard about the virus I had no idea that it would do this kind of damage this fast. I’ve never seen anything be able to shut the U. S. down completely. Even after 9/11 the country patched itself up and kept it moving. This is something no one my age has ever seen before
How did you experience the day to day life in Tuebingen when you were still in Germany? What things did you notice in the surroundings there that showed that life wasn’t normal?
Once the virus started to gain momentum in China, I saw people start to wear masks and gloves in the supermarkets and on the streets. Three days before I left Germany, the shelves in Rewe and Aldi were basically empty. It was mind-blowing
Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing
As the rest of the world began to pay more attention to the virus, I tried my best to follow the guidelines of the CDC and WHO: staying away from large groups, washing your hands frequently, and not coming in contact with people unnecessarily.
Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Pro A. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season?
It’s always a little frustrating not being able to finish something you started but at the same time there was a much bigger picture at play. Everyone’s health and well-being is more important than playing basketball games.
Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?
I’ve never played a game without fans so I imagined it had to be strange for the players. I’ve played in scrimmages and exhibition games without fans before but never a competitive game that counts.
What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?
This situation has made me realize how fortunate and blessed I am to be able to still have a home to stay in and food to eat when some others might not be so lucky. It’s also shown me how quick some of the luxuries of our lives can be taken away.
Wil it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?
It will definitely be an advantage to be able to work on my game earlier than normal. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to start since all of the gyms are closed right now but hopefully in the next month/month and a half, things can begin to open back up
The whole world economy is going to be affected including German basketball. How worried are you about the future of professional basketball. The next season will have many changes. How are you handling this mentally now not knowing what to expect?
It worries me a little because no one knows what to expect. This virus has impacted over a 100 countries and it will be interesting to see where the future of pro basketball goes.
If you had to name another player besides guys from the Panthers that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be?
Besides my old teammates, I’ve been keeping in touch with Mike Torres. He’s one of my former teammates from my time playing in Spain and he tells me how bad the situation is in Spain. So I keep in touch with him to make sure he’s doing alright
How has the day to day life been now in the States with the outbreak of the Coronavirus? Have you noticed any differences and are there any differences between the Americans and German people on how they are coping and handling themselves?
Life here in the US is drastically different than what everyone is used to. The state of Michigan has issued a stay at home order for 21 days starting March 24th. No businesses besides pharmacies, gas stations, and grocery stores are open. I can’t imagine this lifestyle is sustainable for long because people still have to earn a living to survive. At the same time it’s essential that the US get a hold of this virus before we can start sending people back to work.
How has your approach to family changed since the outbreak of Corona? What things have you seen yourself do that you may not have done before?
Some of my family members have pre-existing health conditions or weakened immune systems such as my mom and grandmother. I just remind them to please stay in the house and disinfect everything as much as possible so they won’t become sick.
Let’s talk about the season with the Tigers Tuebingen. When the break came the team was in 13th place with a 12-15 record. With 5 games remaining the team was 2 wins away from the last playoff spot. What was the mood in the team of making a run at the end? You had won the last game against your ex team Hagen 90-86
As a team, we felt like we had a very good chance at closing out the season strong and making a run for the playoffs. We had some good momentum going into Paderborn and felt like we were really at a turning point in our season.
The team started off strong with a 4-1 record, but then lost 9 of 12 games. What was significant of the team getting away from their winning ways?
I think in a lot of those games we got in our own way; mostly by not being on the same page as a team with what we wanted to do on offense and on defense. I guess if I had to pick one reason I’d say it was because of our lack of cohesivenes
The team gave up more points than what it scored. It allowed teams to score 80 points or more 18 times. What were the main reasons for the struggling defense?
This goes back to us not being on the same page conceptually. I think we were all working hard while trying to be on one page but we weren’t exactly working smart and it showed in our games.
Was the team highlight this season you being able to sweep your ex team Phoenix Hagen?
I’d say the highlight of the season was beating Bremerhaven at home. We had lost our last two games and Bremerhaven was the 2nd ranked team coming into that match and it felt good beating a good team when we had lost our previous two games.
The club had many talented Germans. If you had to pick one player that improved the most who would it be?
It’s hard to pick which German improved the most because all of those guys are older and their games are all polished at this point in their career. They all know what they’re good at and how to be effective on the court.
Let’s talk about some of your teammates. What kind of steps did German big man Enosch Wolf make in his development?
Wolf is one of those vets whose game is well rounded at this point in his career. He’s a 7 footer who plays more like a 4 man than a 5 man. Really skilled and has a good IQ for the game
Did he ever tell any stories about his Uconn days and winning the NCAA title with Kemba Walker?
Yea he told us a bunch of stories about his time at UConn and the type of culture those guys created in order to win at the highest level. He also told us some off the court stories that were pretty funny
How much of a pleasure was it playing with American Justin Strings? How did he make your game a lot easier?
It was a lot of fun playing with Justin. There’s nothing he can’t do as a player in terms of scoring, rebounding, and defending. He can play the 3-5 and cause mismatches for other teams easily. He’s also one of the funniest dudes I’ve ever played with in my career.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 8,2ppg, 2,2rpg and 2,1apg in 23 minutes. How tough was this season for you. Your scoring was down from your Hagen season and your minutes shrunk when head coach Douglas Spradley was fired on New Years eve.
This season was really tough for me. I had high expectations from myself and the team heading into this season. Although things weren’t perfect with Doug, I was averaging 12 ppg and shooting the three ball the best I’d had as a pro at 48%. Once Doug was let go, a lot of things changed.
When new coach Andy Hipsher came on board your minutes went down. What do you believe were the reasons for that? Did he not agree with your playing style or see eye to eye with you?
Once Andy became the coach he implemented the style of basketball that he felt fit our team the best. My game just didn’t fit in the style of play that Andy wanted to play with and as a result my minutes decreased. It’s unfortunate but it happens to players every day
Last season with Phoenix Hagen you stated that your playmaking and decision making improved the most. How do you feel could your game grow again this season despite the tale of two seasons where you got less minutes in the last few months?
I never mind playing less minutes if it means our team has a better chance of winning; this was the case in Hagen. Chris did a good job of distributing our minutes when he was hired because Kevin basically only played the starters the entire game. As for my game, I’ll improve on being more aggressive in situations where the game is essentially up for grabs. This situation doesn’t always occur in the 4th quarter and I will do a better job of being aware of these moments in order to take a team’s confidence of winning.
What positives could you take out of this season? I believe that you shot the three ball pretty well again.
The main positive I can take away from this season is finishing the year healthy. This was my 5th year playing and I was able to stay relatively healthy along the way for another year. I’m always grateful for that. Another positive is meeting some good guys this year too.
Luka Doncic had an amazing sophomore campaign. Is he a top 3 NBA player now?
Luka is an incredibly skilled player and has a really bright future ahead of him but I’d be lying to you if I said I thought he was a top 3 player. In a few years from now, he will be without a doubt but right now the league still belongs to guys like Lebron, KD, Giannis, James Harden, Steph Curry, etc.
Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. You were 12 years old when he began in the NBA. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence?
I could not believe the news when I found out Kobe, his daughter Gigi, and the others on board lost their lives in a helicopter crash. I respected Kobe’s game a lot and his work ethic/mindset that he brought towards every possession. He had a drive that very few people in the world had and the world will certainly miss him very much.
How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now?
I feel really bad for the seniors who made the NCAA tournament for the first time but won’t have the chance to compete at the highest stage in college basketball. It sucks and it’s unfortunate but the bigger picture is making sure people stay healthy. Public health is more important than any sporting event
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie that I saw was Paid in Full
Thanks for the chat Kris