Roland Nyama is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Frankfurt, Germany that has the German/Cameroonian citizenship and recently finished his first season with the Tigers Tuebingen averaging 7.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 87.3%.He played with PS Karlsruhe from 2017-2019 averaging 8,5ppg, 3,3rpg and 1,3apg and in his first season with PS Karlsruhe he averaged 6,5ppg and 2,2rpg. He started his basketball career with the FTG Frankfurt junior team. He then got further valuable basketball experience with Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) in 2008. He then continued to play with Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) from 2009-2011 while also playing for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt II (Germany-ProB) where he played 6 games in two years. In 2011, he came to the United States and played for the Holderness School. He came to Stony Brook in 2013 and in his first full season played 34 games averaging 7.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 69.2%. In his last season he played 32 games averaging 10,3ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,4apg He spoke to germanhoops.com during the Coronavirus crisis.
Hi Roland 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?
I’m in Tuebingen right now and I’m somewhat bored but also somewhat happy that I get to spend time to relax. Things slow down and you need that sometimes in our busy and hectic lives. Besides that I have lots of time to walk my puppy now.
When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?
I thought it could have some effect but I couldn’t imagine the magnitude of what was about to happen in the entire world.
How have you experience the day to day life in Tuebingen? What things did you notice in the surroundings there that showed that life wasn’t normal?
Every day I see that the streets are emptier, people avoid each other and there is a sense of tension in every day interactions.
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.
Yes I did. I maintain my space to the next person and avoid body contact at all costs.
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?
Disappointed… quite a lot but even more anxious because these days we don’t know when the ball starts bouncing again.
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 mean you wouldn’t want to put people at risk at such an event so I agree that that’s a good alternative but the fans are such a valuable part of the game so it does feel as if a part was taken away.
What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?
Not to take anything for granted.
Will 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?
Advantages are that you really get to refine your skills and your body. Disadvantages is that some players may burn out earlier which could lead to injury.
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?
I’m just doing whatever I can to stay in the best possible shape and then whatever happens happens. You can obviously expect a change in budget teams have to spend but at the end of the day those are all things you have to account for in a profession like ours.
If you had to name another player besides guys from the Tigers that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be?
Dominique Johnson from Chemnitz and Filmore Beck from Karlsruhe. Both are good friends of mine from our days in Karlsruhe
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?
I check in on them a lot more and the communication has become a lot better
The Tigers Tuebingen 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 place like Tuebingen with such a rich BBL tradition pressure can sometimes negatively impact things. One loss can feel like 5 and that robbed some of the guys confidence.
The team had a lot of scoring power, but gave up more than they scored per game which makes winning games difficult. The Tigers gave up 80 points or more in 18 games. Why could the club only show little spurts of good defense this season?
Because just like all the other aspects of our game the execution has been inconsistent and we as a unit failed to make the necessary adjustment.
Was the team highlight this season you being able to defeat your ex club PS Karlsruhe Lions?
It was definitely bittersweet for me as they gave me my first real shot at the pro business and the place and the fans still hold emotional value in my heart. But then again it’s a business and wins count.
The club had many talented Germans. If you had to pick one player that improved the most who would it be?
Sven Stammberger really came into his own by the end of the season. He plays with so much energy and love for the game. We named him full speed Sven because of that.
Let’s talk about some of your teammates. What kind of steps did German big man Enosch Wolf make in his development?
I think being in an environment that is negatively charged, it becomes very easy to just withdraw but Enosch never did that. He as our captain and was the glue that held us together in good and bad times.
Did he ever tell any stories about his Uconn days and winning the NCAA title with Kemba Walker?
Yes but I probably cannot tell those here haha
How much of a pleasure was it playing with point guard Kris Davis? How did he make your game a lot easier?
Kris is a speedster and possesses a great feel for the game. He drew a lot of attention of defenders which made my life a lot easier.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 7.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 87.3%. Your stats were a bit down from your last PS Karlsruhe season, but you also played 3 less minutes. How content were you with your season?
I’m actually very disappointed as to how my season went because I was so off to a great start and things just went downhill by the time 2020 came around. But that is part of the pro business and I’m looking forward to a bit of redemption next season.
You had a good first half of the season but struggled in the second half. Did you fall to the numbers game like Kris Davis did under new coach Andy Hipser?
People get lied to everyday and that is just part of adult life. My understanding was that things would go a lot differently but those are all things you can’t control. Whatever vision he had for our team, I wasn’t part of his vision and also did his approach not work in looking at our record.
In our last interview you stated ‘Basketball is pretty easy if you don’t overcomplicate it. My coaches (Mai and Rudez) did a great job putting me into positions on the court where I could be effective and use my strengths. Also being able to deal with the physicality a bit more helped’. Do you feel like that didn’t happen anymore under the new coach?
Unfortunately I was put into a box as a player that didn’t reflect my skill set and therefore put into situations that weren’t beneficial for me on the court.
Last season you developed further with on ball defense and precise decision making. What positives could your game take from your Tuebingen season?
My season in Tuebingen helped me refine aspects of my game that helped with my versatility. Both offensively and defensively.
You didn’t shoot as well this season. Is that one of your main goals this off season to get back to shooting the ball better?
Yes absolutely that’s my main focus this off season.
What is the next step for you? You have had 3 solid but not spectacular seasons in the Pro A. Do you feel like there is that organization and coach that will allow you to make the next step in your game?
Ultimately it all comes down to me and how well I can stay consistent. Last two years I started off hot and cooled down as the season went on. I’m trying to avoid that mid season plateau.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro A this season?
Julius Wolf from Jena. He can impact the game in a variety of ways and not only through scoring the bball.
Luka Doncic had an amazing sophomore campaign. Is he a top 3 NBA player now?
He isn’t there quite yet but in a few years he will.
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 was at home and it hit me pretty hard. I wear 24 because of Kobe as he was one of my childhood idols in almost every aspect of life.
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?
It’s tough.. my advice would be to cherish the journey and to know that you went out as a winner because only winners get to punch a ticket to the dance.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Malcom X by spike Lee.