Former BBL Players

The Miles Where Are They Now Player Feature With Retin Obasohan

In the last months German basketball has seen a few players move to German TV prime time as they have traded in the basketball and uniform for hot babes and steamy kisses as it was first ex Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Andrej Mangold who was the 2019 German Batchelor  and had the luxury of being in the company of many adoring and attractive women while being able to chose one at the end. While currently another German basketball player has found a new role away from the basketball court as David Taylor, the son of Derrick who had a stellar career in Germany and won the BBL title with Bamberg has been battling other guys for the heart of one lady on the RTL show the Bachelorette. One player who missed all the hoopla in the last months has been Retin Obasohan. He played in Germany for Gotha two years ago and last season tried his luck in the G-League with the Northern Arizona Suns trying to reach the NBA just like every one else in the G-League. Even if Obasohan didn´t play in Germany last season and was unable to really catch any of the hoopla of his German basketball colleagues, he does have a connection to one of the guys from the Bachelor shows. Obasohan was teammates with David Taylor in Gotha and saw first hand just how talented he was on the court and the kind of character he had off the court. When confronted with the news that his ex teammate Taylor is competing on the German TV version of the Bachelorette show, he didn´t have to wait long to give his two cents to Taylor and his new adventure on German TV. “I think David is going to win it haha. Good luck taytay”, stressed Retin Obasohan. The show the Bachelor and the Bachelorette shows aren´t on the menu of Obasohan as he is a basketball junkie and is continuing his quest to move up the basketball ladder. It has been more than a year since the Belgium/Nigerian played in Germany and a lot has happened as he is looking for the next opportunity somewhere to present his game. It was time for another installment of the Miles where are they now player feature with Retin Obasohan and to take a look at his illustrious and interesting career he has had until now.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Retin Obasohan in Frankfurt in 2018

            He was born on July 6, 1993 in Antwerpen, Belgium. He began his basketball career with K.A. Redingenhof and in 2010 played with the BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (D2). He then made the decision to go over the pond and challenge himself to the competitive NCAA. At that time, it seemed like a very smart decision, because he had already gathered ample basketball experience winning the Belgium D-2 league title in 2011 and had played with the Belgium U-16 and U-18 national teams and demonstrated at the European Championships U16 Division B in Portugal in 2009 that he was on his way of developing well as a player averaging 12.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2(3.4spg), FGP: 44.3%, FT: 69.2%. He began his NCAA career at Alabama (NCAA) in 2012 and was there for four years playing a total of 124 NCAA games. He had a solid sophomore campaign averaging 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.8spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 66.4%, but it was his senior year where he really broke out averaging 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 69.9%. But he was already able to show early signs of greatness as in his freshman year where he only averaged 3,9ppg and 13 minutes per contest, he hit the elite Stanford school for 14 points in a 66-54 grin out win where he held his own against future NBA players like Chasson Randle, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell. Even if that game was at the end of the season, he didn´t necessarily see it as his break out game. “I remember that game actually it was at home for the NIT. I think it was more the culmination of consistent work. More so than a single game”, stressed Retin Obasohan. In his senior year he scored in double figures in 27 games and scored 20 points or more 14 times. Some of his best games were against Kentucky with 29 points and 27 points against Auburn. He finished with 1,176 career points at Alabama. The Belgium native has his own favorite moments at Alabama. “Trevor Releford hit a game winning shot from half court to beat Georgia at home. That was crazy. I scored the game winner in a tournament against Notre Dame. Beating LSU in LSU my senior year, that game I also scored my 1000th career point. My senior night game against Arkansas, my entire family came to watch me play, and my family is my backbone my everything so that meant a lot to me to have them there”, remembered Retin Obasohan. He played the first three years for head coach Anthony Grant and for ex NBA player Avery Johnson as a senior and remembers how vital both were for him on and off the court. “I was a very young boy when I got to the university of Alabama, and both of these coaches taught me core values and character principles that I need to become the man, father, athlete, and human that God created me to be. Coach Johnson believed in me and gave me the confidence to play my game and that really opened up the court for me together with having guys that could spread the floor and make incredible reads off the ball and much more. The impact he had on me was incredible and that´s why I have such a good relationship with him till this day. I truly believe that coaches have an incredible ability to bring out the best in players and coaches need to be aware of this and harness that ability in the right way. Because when coaches and players can relate on a level that brings the best out of everybody – everybody wins”, warned Retin Obasohan

            Before turning professional in 2016, he played at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games averaging 16.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg. Obasohan who lists NBA player Bradley Beal as his toughest player he ever faced in the NCAA then got his first real live NBA experience playing at the Summer League in Las Vegas. He played four games for the Sacramento Kings averaging 9,0ppg, 3,0rpg and 2,0apg and was very happy he was able to get this experience so early in his career. “It was an eye opening because you get to play against current NBA players and higher level players. It gives you a taste and glimpse of the next level which in turn makes it easier to properly access and see “am I close, is there a big difference, can I reach this level and higher?” These are the questions you ask yourself after summer league. You fine tune your training because you have a clearer view of the target you need to reach. I remember being so excited and just grateful to have the opportunity to be there. Even till this day being fortunate to have played in it twice is something I´m very grateful for”, warned Retin Obasohan. After coming off a stellar NCAA career at Alabama and getting added self confidence at the NBA Summer League, he actually didn´t have a great rookie season, but suffered growing pains right away. He played with Scandone Avellino (Italy-Serie A) playing 27 games averaging 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 65.6%; and played 14 BCL games averaging 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg. He remembers the season as an important learning experience. “That season was a tough one because we got very close to all the targets we set for ourselves but fell short every time. Losing in the semis of the playoffs Venice getting knocked out of the champions league again by Venice, losing in the Italian cup to Sassari. But also that team was stacked with tremendous leadership and talent, many players from whom I learned so much. Starting with the Pg’s Green and Ragland down to our centers Cusin and Fesenko and everyone in between”, remembered Retin Obasohan. Even if he was lost in the shuffle of many experienced and great players like David Logan, Marques Green and Joe Ragland who had combined 26 years of age on him, being with this type of company was also beneficial for his early professional growth. “It´s hard to say who had the biggest impact because they all showed me so much in different areas off the game of basketball and also stuff off the court. But I am grateful I was able to learn from those guys”, warned Retin Obasohan.

 

            In his second professional season he had the next big challenge as he played with the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-BBL). He joined a young club that had moved up to the BBL and suddenly he had to be a big time leader in only his second professional season. His athleticism was also on display every weekend and making hard flashy dunks was something that German fans got accustomed to. “I consider my athleticism is unique because I can’t think of many Combo Guards that combine strength, speed, agility and jumping ability like I do. However other people have compared me to the likes of Westbrook and overall game to Donovan Mitchell. I’m a fan of both, they are great players”, stressed Retin Obasohan. He played 34 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1(2.0spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 73.4%. The team lost many games and was unable to stay in the BBL and was out again after only one season. Telling him that it was a season to forget for him would have been false. “I wouldn’t be so fast to say it was a season to forget. And this is something I shared with all my teammates from last year. That even though the results we achieved wasn’t what we wanted to achieve. I was proud of the way that we continued to fight and battle every single game and the growth that the we obtained as a team. Losing is terrible, there aren’t many things on this planet that I hate more than losing but it can be your biggest teacher and source of inspiration and that’s what it did for me”, warned Retin Obasohan. In the BBL, he showed that he could play with the best talent in Germany as he scored in double figures in 28 games and had two double doubles. His two best games occurred near the end of the season where he poured in 25 points in a 98-90 victory over Bremerhaven and in the next contest exploded for 25 points in a 88-75 win over 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen. Despite the losing with Gotha, he felt that the whole situation helped him grow as a player. “It was a tremendous learning experience like I said earlier, because the dynamics of the team was completely different from the year before with Avellino. And with that I have to adapt too, and learn how to still be effective in a different environment. So as a communicator, teammate and leader I feel like I grew and learned a lot”, added Retin Obasohan.

            After his season in Germany, he decided to gain some new experience in the G-League and played with the Northern Arizona Suns. Only a few years ago, the salaries were very meager, but they have risen in the last years and the G-League has become a place now where more and more guys want to play in. Even guys who have been in Europe for a few years try it and for some like Jordan Sibert, it paid off as he reached the NBA last season. Obasohan only has good memories from his experience last season and also states another reason why the G-League has become more popular recently. “The G league has been growing and improving consistently ever since it started, and that is something that is very obvious by playing in the league. There were countless instances where the league would ask us players how they can improve the league and improve its practices. Along with the educational and professional development aspects that they provide. Plus the competition there is good too, so in all it was a good experience”, said Retin Obasohan. With the Suns he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 68.2%. He was content with his season and saw how his hard work combined with his skills helped him make another step in his development. “I’m a better player now than when I started the season in the G League and that’s one of the focal points of the G League. Every league and situation brings a different set of play styles and experience, so to be able to combine competing in the G League with my European experience has only made me a better and a more all-round player”, warned Retin Obasohan. He didn´t have the overpowering stats, but demonstrated how he could grow within a season with the Suns. In his first 17 games, he scored in double figures in only 4 games, but really poured it on scoring wise scoring in double figures in his last 15 games and had three double doubles. He hit Agua Caliente C for 30 points and also contributed 24 points a piece against Stockton and South Bay while he was flirting with a triple double against Delaware with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. He definitely showed that having the right attitude paired with strong stats could get you that NBA call up, but at times it also can´t, but nothing to get upset about, but just continue to grind. “The goal is to stay present and focused on the task at hand, so during games and practices the focus is to win the game and work on the things coach has in his/her practice plan. When you do that, the right people will notice and find you. I have to control what I can control, and focus on that. And what I can control is my effort and attitude no matter what happens”, stressed Retin Obasohan. He held his own against his guard teammates like Juwan Evans, French player Elle-Franck Okobo or Deanthony Melton who all got a NBA call up last season while he didn´t. Just having that day to day competition was worth the experience for him. “You got to be at your best every single night, because the opposition will bring that out of you. and because someone is always watching. as a competitor I loved every single game. Because I knew that we would have to be at our best to have a chance at winning and your opponents are coming in with that same mindset”, said Retin Obasohan.

 

            Only a month ago he participated in his second NBA Summer League with the Phoenix Suns (MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas) playing 2 games averaging 3.5ppg, 1.0apg. Even if he didn´t play as much and didn´t have the statistical result that he may have wanted, just being there again for a second time was an amazing thrill. “The NBA is such a great event, and to be a part of it is and will always be such a great experience. The history the event holds, knowing the players that have come through it and the careers they have carved out for themselves it all adds to the experience that the NBA summer league is”, warned Retin Obasohan. He did have one other interesting, but also scary experience as he was involved with the Las Vegas earthquake that cancelled a few games. “We were in the locker room getting briefed before our game against Denver, when we felt the earthquake. It was pretty surreal, that was my first time experiencing one. So definitely something an occurrence I’ll remember for sure. I´m just glad nobody got hurt during it”, expressed Retin Obasohan.  The Belgium native had many teammates that had played in the BBL before like Landry Nnoko, Xavier Cooks, David Kramer and Derek Willis, but also others that were very young prospects. One of those was with French player Elie Okobo who´s five years younger and the competitive juices were flowing between the two. “We had a great relationship, he’s a very talented & skilled, I´m excited to watch him continue to grow and improve in the years to come”, said Retin Obasohan. Another one of those young talents was 19 year old high school player Jalen Lecque who was one of those rare cases in the NBA Summer League. “He has amazing physical gifts and great instincts, he has the chance to be a really good player”, warned Retin Obasohan. Even if he didn´t see so much action, he was able to observe one very interesting basketball detail at the NBA Summer league as the game is continuing to evolve and adding new spices that will continue to help balance out the often observed Hero ball in the NBA and team play. “The game of basketball is just evolving and becoming more global by the second to where players from all the world have the chance to be discovered and showcase their talents at the highest stage. Which I think is awesome for the game and the league”, warned Retin Obasohan. He had some goals this summer at the NBA Summer League and was content that he was able to fulfill them in being healthy, a better player and that he could lead a team. It is August 11th and teams in Europe are slowly getting filled while the NBA teams are still building their training camp rosters. What will be the next step for Retin Obasohan? He surely had a respectable G-League season with the Northern Arizona Suns and could get signed by an NBA team for training camp to give the NBA another shot or return back to Europe. The basketball future of Retin Obasohan should be settled very soon and it will be interesting what decision he makes. Playing a second season in Germany could be an option. “I had a great time in Germany and open to a return for sure”, stated Retin Obasohan. David Taylor continues to move forward in the German show the Bachelorette show while Retin Obasohan will make that huge decision to also make that next step in his career. If Obasohan and Taylor would meet again, they surely would both have very interesting stories to tell from the last weeks from being in an earthquake to battling other men for the dream girl. But for now Obasohan is waiting for that next basketball challenge so he will have new stories to tell in the future. Obasohan doesn´t need that blonde dream girl now, but that ball in his hands to keep moving up the basketball ladder.  

The Miles Where Are They Now Player Feature With Jordan Sibert Who Is Hoping 3 Is A Charm For The NBA

It is around midnight on a Saturday night/Sunday in the dog days of summer 2019 when an up beat and good mooded Jordan Sibert (193-G-92, college: Dayton) finally calls me back for our long awaited interview something that had first been planned in Mid February when he was grinding in the G-League and on the brink of reaching the NBA. I had written an article late in the 2018-2019 season when he was with the Fraport Skyliners predicting he would get to the NBA someday and here we were again talking about the real reality of the NBA in 2019. ‘Sorry Miles for the late call. Were you already sleeping? I’m just back from lifting and then had to take care of some personal matters’, stressed Jordan Sibert. In the case of the ex Dayton (NCAA) standout, better late than never. So much has happened in the last five months that he could of written a special journal for his ex school to help fill the summer hole with exciting and interesting basketball stories. Sibert reaches me from Atlanta, Georgia where he has been staying after a successful NBA Summer League with the ex Dennis Schroeder team Atlanta Hawks and is just waiting for news hoping three could be a charm and that possible third ticket back to the NBA with the hopes of this one being not only a longer stay, but a more permanent one. The NBA has always been on his mind since his rookie season when he was with the Orlando Magic continuing with his two seasons in Europe where he balled in Greece and in Germany for two teams and now he reflected on the last season in the G-League, his short tenure with the Atlanta Hawks and his one NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the positive NBA Summer League appearance in Las Vegas. The big question is will he remain with the Atlanta Hawks and get a training camp deal or go to another NBA team or return back to Europe? ‘Right now that is the big question. I’m waiting to get a call. If it looks good with Atlanta then I will stay here. I have to do what is best for me’, warned Jordan Sibert. Even if he has played only four professional seasons, if he ever has a dull moment while waiting, he will never suffer from having a lack of great basketball stories. In the last year, he has had the opportunity to play with probably one of the best defenders to ever play in the German easyCredit BBL with Quantez Robertson who simply goes by Tez and one of the best dunkers to ever battle in the NBA with Vince Carter and remembers them fondly. ‘Many don’t know this but Tez and I are both from Cincinnati, Ohio. When I got to Frankfurt, I remember Tez asking me if I was from there. When he found out I had gone to Princeton high school, he asked me if I knew his brother Brian Shelby. It turned out that he was my best friend there. I remember Brian always telling me that he had a brother in Germany who was the man in German basketball. The basketball world is definitely small. Vince Carter is a great dude. I don’t remember what the first thing was what I asked him, but I do remember getting into the gym and seeing him under the basket. At that moment my childhood memories came back to me remembering me and my brother having all these pictures of him on our bedroom walls. I quickly started to bombard him with questions about the game about knowing plays, being in the right position and how to read the offense better and defense quicker. He was always there to help me. He even came to me at times to point out things. We had a good relationship and it was just a crazy feeling being his teammate. He did beat me in a few shooting games’, joked Jordan Sibert. Even if every basketball junkie knows where Jordan Sibert is today, it was time for a new installment in the Miles where are they now player feature as his rise and development to the NBA in the last year has been remarkable.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jordan Sibert in the Fraport arena in the 2018-2019 season

 

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The Miles Where Are They Now Player Feature With Charles Lee(Milwaukee Bucks)

It was a rainy and unseasonably cool afternoon at the start of May as there was a horde of anxious autograph collectors milling around outside a luxury Boston hotel and a number of young kids hanging on to basketball balls while the older autograph hounds had countless pictures of a certain very athletic big man player. The Milwaukee Bucks were in town facing the Boston Celtics in the playoffs and the cute little 8 year old girl and her 10 year old brother were waiting for the Greek freak Giannis Antetokounmpo  while the older gents where some have been around since the 80´s  and still hanging around hotels all day long were there for Spanish legend Pau Gasol and also for Antetokounmpo while I was waiting for somebody totally different by the name of Charles Lee. I had only known a few weeks earlier that Lee was an assistant coach as I had checked the Bucks roster to see what ex NBA players were coaches as I was in town for a family visit  and wanted to relive my joys of autograph hunting as a kid and experience it now with a new generation of players. Covering basketball in Germany since 15 years has brought me in contact with many many players and I have had the pleasure of interviewing 1200 plus players in Germany, but for a strange reason never had had a chat with Charles Lee in the two years when he played in Germany from 2008-2010 with BG Goettingen and the Artland Dragons. Now I was in Boston and in town was Charles Lee. Now was my chance to be able to finally interview him. So there I was squashed among little kids and grey haired gents who had books filled with basketball cards and photos and I was anxiously waiting to see if I would recognize him. With some players Like Eric Bledsoe and Kris Middleton coming out of the lobby and ignoring the autograph collectors and getting on the bus, I saw a well built gentleman that looked like him and I yelled Charles, Charles. An experienced autograph collector next to me muttered  “That’s nobody but a coach or trainer”. I countered with “That´s Charles Lee”. The autograph collector ignored my comeback, but Lee didn´t. He stopped on the second step of the bus and looked back and gave me a signal that he would come back. Shortly later he came to me with the autograph collectors staring at me wondering what the hell was happening. I said hi Charles and his first response was. “Your face looks familiar”. I then introduced myself and gave him my business cards and then his whole Germany experience came back to him. The American smiled and seemed interested and an interview was scheduled for the next day at 3.00pm after their practice. As we sat in the hotel restaurant Pau Gasol stepped into the room bringing a special aura and was accompanied by two other Spanish men. Gasol said hello to Lee and then glanced at me probably wondering how an autograph collecter would be at the same table with an assistant coach. He looked at me and gave a friendly hello and was on his way to munch on some scrumptious food a few tables away. As we were chatting away, Lee reflected on this chance encounter and trying to place my face with the seemingly 1000 others he has seen in his basketball life. “Whenever I hear my name, I never think that they are really talking to me. I usually get mistaken for someone else. I have gotten George Hill, Kris Middleton and Sterling Brown. Your face looked familiar and when you said your name it came back to me. I remember seeing your face on the eurobasket website and at games when I was playing in Germany. Your face caught my eye. I don´t forget faces”, smiled Charles Lee. Charles Lee is only 34 years old age, but has already experienced so much in the NCAA and overseas as a player and in the NCAA and NBA as a coach that it was time for a Miles where are they now player feature.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing current Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee on an off day in Boston between game 3 and game 4 of the 2019 NBA playoffs

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Spaghetti Bolognese And Grilled Salmon With Sautéed Spinage With Jordan Theodore In Athens

Jordan Theodore is a 29 year old 182cm point guard from Englewood, New Jersey that is playing his seventh professional season and first with AEK Athens (Greece-A1). Last season he played for EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy-Serie A) playing 20 games averaging 10.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%; and played 23 Euroleague games averaging 11.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 86.5%. In the 2016-2017 season he played with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL) playimg 31 games: Score-3 (18.4ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-1 (7.2apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 81.2%; In the BCL, he played 19 games: Score-4 (16.2ppg), 4.1rpg, Assists-1 (7.5apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 76.3% In the 2015-2016 season, he had his most successful season as a professional winning the FIBA Europe Cup with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 37 games: 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 83.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 18 games: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 90.2%. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Seton Hall (NCAA) where he played until 2012 127 NCAA games and as a playing a total of senior played 32 games averaging 16.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 82.7%. In 2012, he started his professional career with Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL) playing 29 games averaging 15.8ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL) playing 27 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 73.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for JL Bourg Basket (France-ProA, starting five )playing 17 games averaging 12.7ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (6.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 87.2%. He spoke to germanhoops.com before a Eurocup game against Dijon where the American enjoyed a dish of Spaghetti Bolognese and grilled salmon with sauteed spinage in Athens.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jordan Theodore in Chalon, France after winning the 2016 Fiba Europe cup title

 

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Would It Be Magic Or Lebron As Isaac Bonga Explodes For 27 Points In G-League Debut

The last months have been like a long and never ending sweet dream for 2018 Los Angeles Lakers second round draft pick Isaac Bonga as he has been experiencing what life is like being part of one of the worlds most known basketball organizations. The new G-league season started a few days ago and until it did Bonga was able to catch NBA games at the end of the Lakers bench and experience the amazing atmosphere of the Staples center. For most it must be unimaginable what it must be like having conversations on a daily basis with the current greatest player on earth Lebron James, the best point guard of all-time Magic Johnson and Mr triple double Rajon Rondo at the Lakers training facility not to mention learning added vital basketball skills from South Bay player development coach once known as Ron Artest and now known as World Metta World Peace and head coach Coby Karl. Only four years ago Karl played his last professional season in Ludwigsburg as Bonga was a raw talent In Koblenz, Germany and a year away from starting his flight to the NBA via Frankfurt. Sometimes it is very interesting how basketball paths once so far away come together in only a few years. In the NBA and G-League world there isn´t much time to dream and get caught up and be distracted by all the legends walking around, but just focus on the game. That is something that Bonga has surprisingly done well despite the tender age of only 18 years. He had a non spectacular Summer league playing 7 games averaging 2.1ppg, 1.0rpg. His lack of minutes didn´t discourage him as he continued to work hard in the summer keeping the work ethic that he had in Frankfurt. He had his moments in the pre-season dropping 12 points, hauling down 9 boards and dishing out 5 assists against the Golden State Warriors. It was no surprise when he was sent to the Lakers G-League affiliate South Bay Lakers for grooming.

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Nik Caner-Medley (Movistar Estudiantes Madrid) Is the Perfect Example Why Any Professional Player Can Flourish Financially Off The Court

Nik Caner-Medley is a 34 year old 203cm forward from Portland, Maine that is playing in his 13th professional season and fourth with Movistar Estudiantes Madrid. He has spent a good majority of his professional career in Spain having played for teams like Gran Canaria, Sevillia, Valencia and Malaga. He also got valuable experience in countries like Germany, Israel, France and Kazakhstan. He played his college ball at Maryland(NCAA) from 2002-2006. germanhoops.com interviewed him once before about basketball, but this time this interview focuses on his exemplary off court work. This interview is beneficial for any professional player that wants to flourish economically next to the court.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber first covered Nik Caner-Medley in his rookie season in 2006-2007 in Germany with the Artland Dragons and their paths crossed again in 2016 as Monaco played in Frankfurt in a Basketball Champions league game with this post game interview.

Nik thanks for talking to germanhoops.com It´s October and you’re an American living in Madrid, Spain. Do you take a few minutes to reflect each day just how blessed and lucky you have been able to play the game you love for so long?

*I have been extremely blessed to play a majority of my career in Spain and in some amazing cities (Valencia, Malaga, Las Palmas, Sevilla, Madrid). Spain is a second home to me, especially Madrid. I love the culture here and the ACB is such a well run league with good teams from top to bottom. It’s truly been an honor to play 8 seasons in the ACB, 4 of which have been with Estudiantes.

You’re now in your 13th professional season and are turning 35 years old on October 20th. You have played for 12 organizations and in five countries overseas and seen very much. You’re a very busy guy as your off court endeavors show. How much longer do you still want to play and how would you classify your body now at age 34, going on 35?

*The most important thing I have learned over the last 12 seasons is how to take care of my body. Last season I had some very unfortunate losses in my family and it was a bad year for me on the court, I was not myself and not healthy, but this summer I combined all of things I have learned about nutrition and training and it’s been amazing because I feel the best I have felt since I was 29 or 30. I am 100kg (215lbs) and this is the lightest I have been since I was in high school and it has had a huge impact on my movement and energy. I think I will have one of my best seasons of my career and as long as I feel this good I will continue to play. Im still very passionate about the game.

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The Miles Where Are They Now Player Feature with Jimmie Hunt

Over the years one thing that the Frankfurt Skyliners have never had a shortage of was talented and strong guards. It really didn´t matter how successful the club was in whatever season, there were mostly always good guards on boards, but as is the case always it depends how well the club chemistry is built and how well they can mesh together. After the unforgettable 2006-2007 season where Frankfurt missed the playoffs and had one of their worst seasons ever, there was a lot of assurance going into the next season that the club would find back to old glory since Turk Murat Didin was brought back to save the ship. The club had two strong guards with Skyliner legend Pascal Roller and American Jimmy McKinney who had had a stellar rookie season. The club also had young German Dominik Bahiense De Mello and young Swede Rudy Mbemba, but another scoring combo guard was still missing and over the summer the club signed American Jimmie Hunt who had had two years of professional experience in Slovenia and the season before had caught fire leading the league in scoring and assists and seemed to be a huge steal. Nine months later that scoring genius that had set the Slovenian league on fire was never lit in Frankfurt as the season was a struggle for the jovial American. He not only didn´t get the ample amount of minutes that he would have liked and was used to having in school and Slovenia, but he just couldn´t compete with the minutes race with the other guards on the squad. There might also have been another huge factor why his play was affected, but due to courtesy to the player won´t be mentioned. Through the whole one year experience in Frankfurt Jimmie Hunt always remained 100% professional and was always a guy you could talk to as a journalist and was positive and upbeat. Jimmie Hunt is presented this time in the Miles where are they now player feature.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Jimmie Hunt in Frankfurt in the 2008-2009 season after a game.

Jimmie Hunt was born on September 14, 1982 in Utica, New York and most guys that were born in that time and were professional players are mostly retired, well almost everyone except for his ex teammate from Frankfurt Derrick Allen who is a living basketball dinosaur who might still be playing in his 40´s if he continues to stay healthy and have that drive to go to extremes to stay in shape. Hunt is only two years younger than Allen and turned 37 today and he is still active as he is suiting up with Luxuris Celje (Slovenia-2SKL) this season. He has been a basketball globetrotter all his life and as a professional has played in Slovenia, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy and the Czech Republic.

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