Lamont Jones is a 29 year old 183cm guard from Harlem, New York that is playing his 7th professional season and third in Germany and first with the Fraport after having played with MBC and the MHP Riesen. He also gathered professional experience in countries like Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France and Montenegro. He began his basketball career at Rice high school and then played 2 seasons at the University of Arizona (NCAA) and 2 seasons with Iona (NCAA). He is conducting a special diary with germanhoops.com at the BBL Munich tournament
A tough 99-83 loss to Brose Bamberg. What was tougher to digest the loss or the list of the walking wounded?
The list of the walking wounded has been more difficult to digest. Marco Voeller is ok after having a tough fall.
This was just a very tough day at the office for the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt gave up 59 points to Vechta and 58 points to Bamberg in the first half. Obviously there is a class difference between Bamberg and Vechta, but still how can a team let up so many points 48 hours later?
They came out and hit their shots in the first half. Everyone went unconscience. They had lost by 30 points to Oldenburg and came back and wanted to win badly.
Bamberg had 7 guys to score in double figures. How dangerous is a Bamberg team when their offense is clicking the way it was? Are they a dark horse and can they win it all?
I don’t see Bamberg as a dark horse team. They just haven’t been able to put it all together yet. Nobody doubts their talent. If they can keep putting it together then they could become the regular Bamberg again.
You battled Retin Obasohan twice a few years ago when you were with MBC and he was with Gotha. You had 2 great games in wins while he had 2 solid games. How did his G-League season shape his game? How is he a different player now?
He is a different player. He has more guys around him in Bamberg and doesn’t need to score as much as before with Gotha. He doesn’t have to be aggressive anymore. He has become more of a point guard than a scoring force. He is a very dangerous player with his body.
Tez nailed 3 three’s in a row. Was there any friendly joking from you at some point after the game?
No not really. Tez has been doing this for a long time and knows how to play. I have seen him doing that for years and it isn’t anything special anymore. He is older now and it isn’t easy coming back after 3 months off, but he showed he can do it.
The Fraport Skyliners need some help from some other teams. The basketball God hasn’t been too friendly this season to Frankfurt. Will he be on your side and help you reach the knock out round?
I don’t know. Anything has been possible in this tournament. You can’t totally rule out Vechta. Bamberg also haven’t shown their best basketball yet. You never know what can happen. You just have to keep your options open and be ready for the task at hand.
Young German Maxi Begue made his BBL debut. What kind of impression has he made on you in practice during the tournament?
It was good for him seeing his first minutes. He saw that there is a difference between the BBL and NBBL. He has a great body, is athletic and is a raw talent. I think that once he gets more experience and someone takes some time to help fine tune his game he can be really good.
I noticed that your phone got fixed. You were without it’s services for 5 days. How tough was this time and just how dependent are you on your phone?
I have another phone. I just couldn’t get into my WhatsApp account. There are times when your in the gym or on walks where there is no service. All in all it wasn’t too tough.
How wins a one on one you or Retin Obasohan?
That is a tough one, but I’m still going with me. I have played against him in the past. One on one is an offensive game. As good as his defense is, my offense is better.
Thanks Mo Mo for the chat.