It hasnt been a prosperous season for the LTi Giessen 46ers and head coach Matthias Fischer as the team in in the cellar of the Beko BBL standings, but the German coach Fischer is already looking forward to the future and today the German basketball federation named Fischer the new A2 German national coach taking over for Frank Menz who took over for Svetislav Pesic as German national coach. Fischer has coached in Germany and recently made a name for himself in Austria with Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga). "Matthias Fischer has proved in the last years that he is a great coach. He has experience in the Bundesliga and was coach of the year in Austria. I also have respect for what he is doing with the Giessen team. Despite a reduced roster and limited budget, the team stays together. He has often been an assistant coach for the German basketball federation. Now it is time to give him trust as head coach", stressed German basketball federation vice president Wolfgang Hilgert.
In Germany, Fischer worked as an assistant coach for Rhondorf, Hagen and Rhein Energy Koln. As a head coach, he worked for Black Star Mersch (Luxembourg-DBBL), kelag Worthersee Piraten (Austria-A Bundesliga), and Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga). "I am looking forward to the challenge. I can remember the universal games in South Korea where I was an assistant coach. Basketball is played at a very high level and the exchange of ideas with players and coaches is important. I am sure the cooperation with Frank Menz will be a very exciting expereince", stressed Matthias Fischer. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German Bundesliga Cup Winner -05, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -06, German Bundesliga Champion -06, Head Coach Luxembourg National Team U16, U18 -07, Head Coach: Luxembourg National Team -07, Head Coach: Austrian A Bundesliga All-Star Game -10, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Champion -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -11, 12, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -11, 12, and Austrian Cup Winner -12
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP:... [read more]
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Deandre thanks for talking to eurobasket.com.Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Right now I am in Albuquerque ,New Mexico. Summer has been good so far, just working on my game, and running a kids camp.
Your season ended on April 30 with Herten as you lost against Schwelm. How disappointing was not being able to keep the club in the Pro B? It was a big disappoint. Nobody wants to move down a league, especially when we were in the playoff race around the Christmas break.
You obviously did the most you could averaging 22,9ppg and weaseling into the paint to snatch rebound after rebound to help the team, but what do you feel was missing from the club staying in the league? I think we just didn't have a deep enough bench. In the play downs we played 6-7 guys, while other teams played 9-12 guys.
How important was it for you personally getting your feet wet as a professional in Mexico before making the jump to Germany where you tore up the Pro B?
Mexico was a great opportunity, I was given an opportunity to do what I love, and things worked out great after to get me to Europe. But the game in Mexico was completely different to Germany. I'm just happy I'm playing in Europe, where I've always wanted to play.
When you came to Herten last summer and practiced with the team and played the first exhibition games, how sure were you then that you might not only have a good individual season but a great one? I honestly had no idea. In preseason we were getting all on the same page, and figuring out roles and what not, so I didn't think I was going to have that kind of a season. I just wanted to do what was best for the team.
You scored in double figures in 26 of 27 games and only Stahnsdorf had your number once limiting you to three points in 30 minutes. Overall if you're your was strict critic how would you rate your season? Overall it was a good season. Nothing less of what I expect, nothing more of what I believe I can do. The most important was that my team didn't do well, and that's the most important factor to having a good or bad season in my mind.
Despite the overpowering numbers, how did you mentally come to terms with the season and all it's loses? How difficult was it getting prepared for every new game knowing that you had to perform well and put up big numbers for the team to win? It was mentally challenging, but also a great learning experience for me. I have always been part of a successful team throughout my whole career, so I had to stay mentally focused and strong. Every game was a challenge and had to find new way to get my teammates going and involved as well as trying to score and rebound at a high percentage. But in the end I think it made me a better player, especially mentally, also a better teammate and leader.
Besides your own amazing season, what other positives can you take with the season? As I said early, it