Kameron Taylor Knows That The Hamburg Towers Can Beat Any Team When They Are Playing Their Best Basketball

Kameron Taylor (198-G-94, college: Seton Hill) is a 26 year old 198cm guard from Hyattsville, Maryland that is playing his fifth ofessional season and first with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Brose Bamberg playing 26 BBL games averaging 10.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 82.8and played 12 BCL games averaging 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 86.2%. In 2018-2019 he played with Pecsi VSK-Veolia (Hungary-A Division) averaging 19.2ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 74.8%. Three seasons ago he played in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf and tore up the Pro B averaging 23,4ppg, 7,9rpg and 5,6apg, and 2,6spg. As a rookie he played with Team Ehingen Urspring (Germany-ProA) playing 29 games averaging 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 80.2%. He started his basketball career at DeMatha Catholic and in 2012-2013 started his career at Seton Hill (NCAA2) and as a freshman played 28 games averaging 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.0%. In his second season at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 77.9%. In his junior season at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 16 games averaging 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 70.6%. In his senior year at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games averaging 20.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.1apg, 2.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 76.8%. He spoke to eurobasket following the huge 90-75 win over Alba Berlin.

Congrats Kam on the massive 90-75 win against Alba Berlin. You beat Bamberg and Crailsheim, but was this the biggest win of the season?

The most recent win is always the most important

Alba Berlin destroyed the Fraport Skyliners 48 hours ago and are used to playing a lot with the Euroleague load, but do you feel like they might have gone a bit too leisurely into the contest?

Berlin is a great team. They very disciplined so If you don’t come out ready they can really take the game.

Both teams came out firing. Alba Berlin’s offense is really beautiful to watch with their many options, extra passes and cutting. If Alba Berlin’s offense is beautiful how would you describe the Hamburg Towers offense best?

We are definitely not the prettiest offense but as the season continues we are getting better in our execution and reading defenses.

Alba Berlin had the slim 50-49 advantage at the break, What did head coach Pedro Calles tell the team to do better in the second half?

He told us we have to continue to playing the way we were and to keep our energy up.

The Hamburg Towers buckled down on defense in the second half allowing only 25 points. What adjustments did the club make on the defensive end in the second half?

Just being ourselves. We feel we are one of, if not the best defensive teams in the league.

Alba Berlin has so many talented players, but how much of a factor was it not having Peyton Siva in the second half?

Peyton Siva is a great player for them. We know he gives the team a different look. We will be ready when he plays as well.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Kam Taylor in Rhondorf in 2018

The Hamburg Towers out shot and out rebounded Alba Berlin. What personally did you like most about how you were able to win as a team for 40 minutes?

We were all locked in and focused. Though we made small mistakes, we played through it and continued to win against one of the best teams in the league.

This win was huge, because the next 4 games don’t get any easier against Munich, Bamberg, Berlin and Oldenburg. How good is the team self confidence as you continue to fight to play in the playoffs?

We feel we can beat anybody when we are playing our best basketball. But we take it one game at a time.

Maik Kalev-Kotsar has been a huge part of success this season. Is he playing his best basketball of the season now?

Maik has been playing his best basketball all season. Definitely wouldn’t be where we are without him.

You had a tough shooting stretch at the start of 2021, but since then have been fairly consistent scoring despite having a tough stretch from outside in February. How instruemental has head coach Pedro Calles been for you this season in helping you make another step in your game?

He told me to continue to be myself. It’s easy to keep confidence with him as a coach.

NBA legend Dino Radja said that he couldn’t imagine Russell Westbrook having success in Europe leading a team. Do you agree?

It’s definitely a different brand of basketball but I couldn’t imagine that he wouldn’t have any success.

Have you seen the new Coming To America 2? Shouldn’t they just have left it with the original?

Haven’t seen it yet so I can’t tell you.

Thanks Kam for the chat.

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