The Miles Vs Chris Miller Weekly Basketball Conversation Volume 5

Christopher Miller (192-G-1993, college: Salem) is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Brooklyn, New York who is playing his eighth professional season and first with VFL Bensheim. He played 3 seasons with the Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and last season averaged 17.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 17.5%, FT: 78.6%. He has had experience in countries like El Salvador and Bosnia. He recently played for the South Shore Monarchs (TBL) playing 8 games averaging 22.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.3%. He began his basketball career at Clinton Community College and also played two years at Salem University (NCAA2). This season he teams up with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber with weekly chats about his basketball season.

Bensheim suffered a tough loss to Tuebingen with 104-73. How tough is it for you personally to digest this loss after having a 2 game winning streak?

This loss was tough. It happens. Most importantly we can not get down on our selves. I’ts a long season.

Talk a little about the 40 minutes. At what moment do you feel was the game lost? Did you as a team not go in with the right mind set?

I think they came out more aggressive and played with energy from the start. They trapped and ran every chance they got. They just wanted it more.

Blow out loses are always tough to digest. What bothered you the most about the team performance

Bad games happen sometimes I just think it wasn’t our day. I think the team will be fine . If anything I should of been more aggressive I can put the blame on myself.

What went wrong on the defensive end? The team gave up 20 points more than in the last 2 games. Did the team get back to defending the way they did against Lich?

The game was faster , they forced us to turn the ball over resulting in fast break finishes for them. It was a fast pace game.

Rebounding was a huge problem. Was it more the technical aspect with boxing out or the mental side and effort?

We just got out rebounded it was a result of not focusing on it not getting back and just not having that toughness last week.

What was your impression of Bakary Dibba? He is a talented guy that should be playing in higher leagues?

He is for sure a talented guy. I am proud of him over the years I have seen his progression. I also see he gets good minutes with the Pro A team. I believe he will be a special player for years to come.

You had a tough game with only 13 points. Did Tuebingen scout you correctly? Was aggressiveness missing in your game?

This game I was not there. I could of been more aggressive. The press forced me to set up other guys to score. I had a lot of assists but of course the stats didn’t show. Over all I should of found a way to be more aggressive.

The next game is against 5-1 team Saarlouis. This might be the last season you play against legend Rickey Easterling. How much of a challenge is it guarding his mid distance shot?

This match up is a great one between me and Rick . He is a legend for sure his midrange is automatic but I enjoy the challenge. He has to guard me and my midrange also so itll be fun.

Bensheim needs a win badly. What will be key to getting the win?

Our key to win is always our game play focusing on transition defense , team play and our aggressiveness. I think if we do that we will have a chance in this game .

What was your favorite costume as a kid for Halloween and if you were a kid in 2022 what costume would you wear?

Every Halloween I would either be some kind of ninja or Jason. Last year I really wanted to be a character from the netflix series Squid games maybe Ill do it this year.

Thanks Chris for the chat.


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