A Little Love From Overseas For Lebron James From Stanley Whittaker (s.Oliver Wurzburg)

Stanley Whittaker (183-PG-1994, college: Keiser) is a 28 year old 183cm point guard playing his fourth professional season and first in the easyCredit BBL with s.Oliver Wurzburg currently averaging 17,7ppg, 2,8rpg, 4,8apg and 1,4spg. Last season with PS Karlsruhe he averaged (22.3ppg), 5.1rpg, Assists-3 (6.6apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 84.6%. He played his rookie season in Lithuania and had his break through with UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (Austria-BSL) playing 24 games: Score-2 (21.5ppg), 6.3rpg, Assists-2 (8.0apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college ball at Frank Phillips (JUCO) and Keiser (NAIA). He spoke to germanhoops.com about Lebron James becoming the NBA’s all-time scoring leader.

Lebron James has beaten Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s NBA all-time scoring record. Did you stay up to watch history?

I actually woke up in the middle of the night and luckily I caught a bit of the 3rd quarter and was able to witness it live!

How does one put this record into perspective best? It stood almost 40 years?

Just a consistent level of availability and greatness over a long period of time.

He scored 36 points in 26 minutes. Was it another normal day at the office?

Yeah you can sense the urgency and energy was shifted to just breaking the record. Glad he lifted that ‘burden’ haha. Sure he wanted to get through with it but really relish in that moment at the same time.

How much is that ball going to be worth?

I’m not even sure to be honest. I’ll like to guess that Lebron will put that ball up somewhere nice.

Russell Westbrook made the pass. Do you think that in 20 years the pass could be remembered more than his triple doubles?

No I don’t think so. Russ has a historic record himself that’ll keep growing as long as he’s playing.

His record breaking basket was a step back over Kenrich Williams. Is that the kind of shot you expected knowing the kind of player he is? Or would you have expected a dunk for the spectacular finish?

I figured it’ll be a mid to high post basket, Lebron is much more comfortable and efficient from there.

There obviously is a lot of respect for Kareem, by the basketball world, but what would have happened on social media if Lebron had gotten the record with a sky hook shot?

I can’t really say, you never know how social media may perceive it. Maybe they’ll take it as Lebron was paying homage, or they’ll take it as a disrespectful act.

Kareem is such a gentleman. You didn’t grow up with him, but what does his legacy mean to younger guys? Can they even understand what that guy did?

I mean for me, his legacy is cemented and he’s one of the greats of our game. The path he took and everything he had to endure on his journey speaks volume. He paved the way for the game to be where it’s at today, one of the pillars of our game and should always be granted that respect and honor.

Lebron will have more than 40,000 points when it’s all over. Back in 1984 people said it would never be broken? Will this record be broken?

Yeah over 40K points is tough. I’m not sure if it’ll be broken but you can’t say that it won’t either.

If Luka Doncic continues to play to 40 stays fit and becomes a physical specimen like Lebron, could he dethrone him?

I don’t think Luka wants to play that long tbh. But if he actually puts his mind, body and kind of make it a goal, it’ll be a challenge but maybe he can, anything is possible.

Does this record finally give Lebron the GOAT status over Michael Jordan?

I don’t think so. Lebron is Lebron though. Jordan is Jordan

What is your favorite Lebron moment that you witnessed live or on TV?

Maybe one of those playoffs runs in Cleveland when he came back after Miami. Really liked the 2018 one.

Thanks Stan for the chat.


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