John Bynum (191-G-78, college: Metro St.) is a 35 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that recently announced his retirement from professional basketball. He played last season for TBB Trier averaging 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 39.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.6%. He played this season in the German Pro A for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 21 games avergaing 11,8ppg, 5,2rpg and 3,6apg. He was a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He was a great athlete who could shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He was a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with Eurobasket talking about his basketball career.
The season isnt even over and you and Chemnitz are going separate ways. A very uncharachteristic thing for you since you always finish the season. Why did the 2012-2013 season come to an abrupt end now? Yea this is the first time that anything like this had happened in my career and it feels weird but when you don't see eye to eye with certain people about certain things then someone has to go and with 8 weeks left in a season in a playoff race they did what they had to do and someone had to be blamed.
Your 35 now. Is Chemnitz the end of a long basketball career or will you hang on another year? Yes this year was mentally draining to be honest and I don't want to experience anything like this so I can honestly say that this was it. I had a great run and a long career and met many great people and developed a lot of friendships as well.
You were averaging 31 minutes for Chemnitz and had solid stats with 11,8ppg, 5,2rpg, 3,6apg and 1,5spg. You were one of the important contributers on the team, but was there no way how one could of soothed over any differences between you and others?
I honestly always felt I could do more and that's not a jab at anyone but it was a tough situation to come into. I wasnt able to showcase my strengths on a consistent basis throughout the season. I was trying to fit in most the season instead of doing things that I did well throughout my career.
Your coach Felix Schreier is 23 and you 35. Was the age difference the biggest problem in your relationship with him?
I don't think the age difference was the problem. Felix is a great coach with a lot of potential and a huge upside but I am an outspoken person and very emotional and some people handle it better than others. I have always said what other people think but don't want to say it because they are scared to say it.
You played for 11 professional teams and experienced much, but what were you able to learn from your time in Chemnitz and was it beneficial going through this at age 35 then maybe at age 25?
The one thing that I take from the experience is that you have to look closer into situations before you get involved in them. It isn't always about playing basketball it is about feeling comfortable and when your not comfortable then it is tough maximizing your potential and I am thankful that Chemnitz took a chance on me and believed in me and it is an experience that I will always remember in a lot of positive ways.
18 year old German Kilian Leuteritz got into some games. How has he developed in the last six months and where do you see him in 5 years?
Killian has developed and I think he just has to develop that killer instinct and just believe in his abilities. As far as where do I see him in five years that will be up to him and what he wants to do with his basketball career.
Chemnitz is currently in seventh place with a record of 11-11. Is the competitiveness of the PRO A a reason why Chemnitz isnt better than 500 now?
In my eyes Chemnitz is a better team that .500. I believed we were under achieving. We have a great scorer with ishi, and the best defensive and rebounding big man in the league with Donald Lawson but anyone can beat anyone in pro A and in my eyes not one team stands out no matter the record. It's about winning on the road and if you can't get that done then you will be around .500.
You turned professional in 2001 and in your 12 year professional career, you played in Germany for 10 seasons. Could one say that youre a Germany lover?
I guess I just never wanted to leave. I left Germany after 04-05 and had a terrible experience in Cyprus and after that I just never really wanted to experience anything like that again and just got used to being here and was scared to make a move. I really enjoyed Germany and it is actually home away from home.
Was it just the luck of getting jobs in Germany, or did you really get a soft spot for Germany over time?
Well I for sure got used to things here in Germany and it helps when people know you around different leagues and it was easier to get jobs. I for sure developed a soft spot for Germany, I mean how many people can say your from California and lived in a foreign country for such a long time.
After tearing up the Regionaliga in 2002-2003 with BSG Grevenbroich, did you ever dream that you would have such a long professional career?
I had no idea at that time it was just important for me to keep playing and I played under a great coach Raphael Wilder who gave me a shot and also showed a lot of confidence in me where I could actually play my style and I just took advantage of it and just rode it till the wheels fell off. Without him I wouldn't have been able to make the move up to a higher level.
After some seasons in the Regionaliga and second league, you made the jump to the BBL in 2005 with Bremerhaven and played two seasons there. What was your wake up call to the BBL on the court?
I think it never really hit me until I saw the size of the crowds. I mean we play in front of crowds in the states but after playing in some places where the gyms had volleyball lines all over it actually felt good to see wooden floors and great size arenas and to actually play with everyone who was a professional not just doing it for a hobby.
You played with Judson Wallace in his first two years after coming from Princeton. Did you ever think that he would develop into a top European player playing now for FC Barcelona?
Yes I did. Jud had a huge upside and he was always working on his game. He was a very versatile player that could do a lot on the court. I am glad to see him doing well and it was a good time playing with him in Bremerhaven.
In 2007-2008, you played for the Paderborn Baskets. You played with a lot of very talented guys there. How competitive was the head to head play with Tim Black in practice?
We had a great team in Paderborn. Playing along side guys like Nathan Peavy, Steve Esterkamp, Malik Moore, and Tim Black. I came late and the guys accepted me from day one. Playing with Tim was a great experience, I learned a lot from the time there and It improved my defense for sure having to guard an explosive offensive player like that every day in practice. I also appreciate the chance that Doug Spradley gave me as well.
You sat out the 2008-2009 season because you wanted to start a business. Were you sick of basketball?
I was a little burned out to be honest and wanted to try something different so a buddy and I from home started a youth basketball developmental program (B3 Elite) but after a year or so I began to miss basketball and wanted to get back overseas.
What prompted you to come back to Europe and make a comeback?
Well after coaching my AAU team I just missed being out there and wasn't ready to give it up. I had a great group of kids that I coached and I just had that fire again and felt like I could still play.
After a season in Crailsheim, you got another chance to play in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. How thrilled were to get another chance at 32 knowing that you still had what it took to play at the top level?
It was great just to have an opportunity to continue my career. I didnt really look at my age but mostly I was thrilled to play for a great coach as well for Henrik Rdl and to try and build a program for Trier as well.
How was your relationship with Henrik Rodl? I always had the feeling that you guys understood each other really well. The relationship was good, we had a great understanding my first season really well and he is a great coach and I respect his coaching abilities on the court. He tells you what he expects and gets the best out of his players. Off the court he is great and if I needed anything I'm sure he would go out of his way to make sure he could help any possible way he could.
Nate Linhart is having a great season. Will he make the step to a top team in Spain or Italy in the future?
I think sky is the limit for Nate because he is versatile as well. He can defend and finds way to get to the basket and finish around bigger defenders. He can play at a high level and he will get the chance to in my eyes.
What is the most amazing thing that you ever saw Maik Zirbes do on the court with TBB Trier?
Maik is a talented player but one thing that stands out was a block that he had in Bonn to preserve a win on the road in my first year there. I think that was his coming out party and his confidence shot through the roof after that game.
Who was the toughest player that you played against in the Beko BBL?
I think the toughest player was Bobby Brown or Doron Perkins.
What would you like to have fans remember John Bynum (191-G-78, college: Metro St.) for on the court? I just want fans to remember as a guy who had a good time on the court and loved to compete. I have a couple of personalities but at the same time just someone who liked to win and hated to lose.
You would like to get into coaching. Who is your coaching role model?
Yes I would like to get into coaching so if anyone is looking for a coach next season find me lol. But yes my role model as a coach has to be my college coach and current coach of the Charlotte bobcats Mike Dunlap. I learned so much from him at a young age on and off the court and he is a great role model not just for basketball but in the game of life as well.
What is the most important thing that you learned from Henrik Rodl that you might want to incorporate into your coaching in the future?
I think honesty and getting the most out of your players. He has a great way of communicating with his players and like I said getting people on the same page and his fierce competitive attitude as well.
Would you like to coach in Germany or go back to the States?
I actually would like to stay in Germany to coach. I really don't want to coach college basketball in the states and would like to stay in the pro game.
Will the Denver Nuggets ever win an NBA title in your lifetime?
Yes the Nuggets will win a NBA title in my lifetime. If people keep slipping on them it might happen this season... Lol
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD I saw was he got game with Denzel Washington and Ray Allen.
Thanks John for the chat. All the best for your further career.
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes(198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories.Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi H... [read more]
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes (198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories. Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 25 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (14.3rpg), 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 34.5%.
Skyes started his basketball career in 2010 with Cent.Florida (NCAA) playing 32 games: 4.0ppg, 3.2rpg. In his second season he played 32 games: 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 54.3%. As a junior he played 31 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.7%. As a senior in 2013-2014 he played 30 games: 17.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 54.0%. He started his professional career in 2014 with U.S. Basket Recanati (Italy-A2 Silver) playing 28 games: 17.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 55.2%; A2 Gold Playoffs: 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been C-USA Tournament Semifinals -12, All-C-USA 1st Team -13
C-USA All-Defensive Team -13, NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team -13, All-AAC 2nd Team -14, AAC All-Tournament Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver 2nd Team -15, and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -16.
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64 CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for go... [read more]
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64
CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for good. CSKA held Brose Baskets to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) had 15 points in the defeat.
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games... [read more]
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games: Score-4 (14.7ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 75.8%. Last season he had limited duty with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1): 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg. Eurobasket talked to Preston after the big win against the Hamburg Towers.
Preston thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and did you make any new years resolutions or is that something that you don't bother with?
No problem thanks for interviewing me. My wife and I always make little new years resolutions together but never anything to crazy, Just the normal stuff like eating better and being healthy.
The Kirchheim Knights went into 2017 riding a 4 game losing streak. What do you believe did the team get away from in this period that hindered you from getting victories?
That was a tough stretch for us, part of it was we played 4 playoff teams and 3 of the 4 games on the road. I think we got away from playing team basketball and got a little selfish. Also I think it was good for us to lose a few games (I am not sure it was good to lose 4 but) I think we were getting a little complacent and not working as hard as were should be.
A big worry in this 4 game losing streak was the offense that couldn't get 70 points in three of the four games. Do you feel like the team will continue to be able to score well in the second half of the season as its averaging 90 points in the two game winning streak?
I think if we can play as a team and to our strengths we should have no problem with our offense. But like any team we need to keep working and playing together so we can achieve our goals.
Congrats on the huge 87-86 win against the Hamburg Towers. Kirchheim was down39-33. It was able to pick up it's offense in the second half. Was there any adjustments that the team made to be able to score better?
To be honest we didn't really make any changes on the offense end we just kept playing hard and shots started to fall for us.
The Hamburg Towers went on a huge run in the fourth quarter and led as much as 14 points with four minutes to go. Was that amazing Mexico State come back and win form last week on your mind?
That's funny that you mention that because after the game my teammates and I were talking about the game and how we were all thinking that no matter the score the game is not over till the last buzzer.
The Kirchheim Knights then went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead at 84-83. How proud were of the team being able to make this instant comeback and what was key in having this happen?
Oh man I was so proud we fought hard for 5 minutes straight pressing and running up and down the court like mad men. And when we took the lead I was so happy.
You hit the game winning shot with three seconds left in the game. What experiences have you had with last second shots. How special was this one?
In my life I have maybe had 4 of 5 game winning shots but every time it happens it feels amazing. This on in particular was amazing because of the comeback that my teammates and I made in the minutes leading up to the shot.
You had had a pretty quiet night before making the shot as nothing was falling from downtown until the one that counted most. How thankful were you of the trust in your teammates in your abilities?
Yes up to that shot I was 0 for 4 and my shot was just not falling for me but if you want to be a good shooter you always have to have the mind set that the next one is going in. I am thankful that my teammates had the trust in me to shot the ball when the game is on the line.
With American Carrington Love out of the game with his fifth foul did you feel the need to step up on that last play?
The be honest the last play just kind of happened we got the rebound with about 10 seconds left and just went down the court and I was just trying to get the best shot possible for our team.
The team also showed it can win without Seth Hinrichs. Was this another good indication of how much heart this club has?
Missing Seth really hurts us because of the depth he give us plus he is a great shooter and does most of the dirty work for us. we need him to get healthy and on the court as soon as possible.
The Pro A continues to be very competitive as the Kirchheim Knights are only 3 wins behind number one team MBC. Does the team have more on their minds then just solidifying home court in the playoffs or is one looking at the possibility of finishing the regular season at the top?
I think every team has the goal to finish on top but we are just trying to take it game by game and worry about what we can control and that is our effort and heart on the court.
You stated in the last interview that the biggest challenge is being a consistent scorer. How can a player in general become a consistent scorer on a game basis?
That is a great question but I think it starts with having the mindset of a scorer. You have to do it in practice, you have to get that rhythm with your teammates and then it has to carry over to the game.
What in general have you learned to enjoy the most about playing in the competitive German Pro A?
I have learned that you have to bring your best every night because for the most part any team can beat any team so that makes the league really fun because you never know who is going to win.
Russell Westbrook obviously has gotten a lot of attention with his constant triple doubles, but James Harden is doing the same thing with the Houston Rockets. Where do you see him head to head against Westbrook as best point guard at the moment in the NBA?
I think they are both great players but in my eyes they are both not true point guards. But you have to give the edge right now to Westbrook I mean any guy that can average a triple double in the NBA is amazing.
Which 2 clubs will make the Superbowl and who will win it all?
I think the Patriots will play the Packers and the Patriots will win.