EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/3/2012 1:04:01 AMCopyright © 1997-2012 Eurobasket
|AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP|
|Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Second Stage: Round 5
Sep. 1: S.Jose/Unimed - Inter Santos 86-57
Sep. 1: Paulistano - Palmeiras 76-56
Sep. 1: Metodista/S.B. - Gremio Mogi 58-73
Sep. 2: Liga Sorocaba - Jacarei
Sep. 2: America - Itabom/Bauru
Sep. 2: Vivo/Franca - Rio Claro
Sep. 2: Suzano - Pinheiros/Sky
|Standings Div.A (Men)
Qualifying Round: Round 7
Qualifying Round: Round 8
Sep. 5: SRB - SVK
Sep. 5: MNT - EST
Sep. 5: ISR - ISL
Sep. 5: AZE - SWE
Sep. 5: GER - BUL
Sep. 5: CRO - UKR
Sep. 5: AUT - HUN
Sep. 5: GEO - BIH
Sep. 5: NED - LAT
Sep. 5: FIN - POL
Sep. 5: SUI - BEL
Sep. 5: CZE - POR
Sep. 5: TUR - ITA
It would have been
tough, but I think that it would have gone five games. We split against Bamberg
that season 1-1. We would have had Kevin Lyde back who gives many match up
problems. I think we would have edged it out.
The Fraport Skyliners have three try-out players, 3 players you played against with Quantez Robertson (injured), Marius Nolte and Johannes Herber and many question marks. What can we expect from the game?
I hardly know anyone on the team. I remember Nolte always being a hrad worker and Herber being injured, but I am happy that he is fit again. We will go in execute and just play hard.
You are playing your third year in Japan. You seem to like it there. Was it just the money or why did you turn your back on Germany, a place where you were loved by the fans?
I have stayed in Japan for three reasons. The money, I wanted to try something new and head coach Don Beck was able to sell me Toyota Alvark has a product where I would be happy.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you ahd to get used to on the court in the JBL league in Japan?
It was the same as when I first came to Germany in that I had to get used to how the refs officiate. They didnt know how to call my style. It took me a season to get used to how they officiate.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you and your family had to get used with the Japanese culture?
The language barrier. Me and the other Americans try to learn new words from our teammates. I also remember the first time that I went to the gym, I was stopped for not taking my shoes off. These were all things that I had to get used to. The culture is different, but I like it.
In Germany you had Mike Taylor and Doug Spradley as coach. How has Don Beck made you better as a player?
He gets on me more than Mike Taylor and Doug Spradley did. He just has pushed me very hard. Don Beck is all about defense. I am a much better defender now than when I played in the BBL. Beck always wants me to give 110%. The little things on defense are very important for him for me to do well.
You are 32 now. Is there any chance you might return back to the Beko BBL?
You never know.
Ratiopharm Ulm went to the final last season. Despite all this success last season, how much credit should a Mike Taylor get for getting ratiopharm Ulm to the point that Thorsten Leibenath took over?
Mike did a great job with ratiopharm Ulm. He was very good at getting very good players with their limited budget. Most of the guys last season with the exception of Swann and Esterkamp were from his team the year before. Mike was a players coach that ate and slept basketball. He helped me in many different ways and always told me how good I could get if I kept working hard.
Do you still keep in contact with Ulm players?
Yes I do. I have contact with Bryan Lucas, Jonathan Levy, Austin Rowland, Sean Finn and Emeke Erege. I also keep in contact with Steve Esterkamp who comes from the same place as I do in Ohio and say hi to Per Guether on occasion.
Who was the toughest player that you played against in the Beko BBL?
That is tough. I cant really name one player, but will say the whole team of John Patrick. BG Goettingen always triple teamed me.
FC Bayern Munich have a potent front court in the Beko BBL with Chevon Troutman, Jare Homan, Lawrence Roberts, Jan Jagla and Alexsander Nadjfeji. Are they the best front court in the Beko BBL?
|Standings - LNB
Regular Season: Round 4
Sep. 1: Estudiantes - Rojos de Sucre 92-89
Sep. 1: Generales - Lanc.Cojedes 90-96
Aug. 31: Cent.Apure - Aduaneros 90-79
Sep. 1: Cent.Apure - Aduaneros 87-73
Sep. 1: Guacharos - Atleticos UCV 85-57
Aug. 31: Guacharos - Atleticos UCV 80-74
Aug. 31: Generales - Lanc.Cojedes 76-84
Aug. 31: Bravos - Tiburones 76-62
Sep. 1: Bravos - Tiburones 61-75
Aug. 31: Estudiantes - Rojos de Sucre 112-100
Regular Season: Round 5
Sep. 7: Generales - Cent.Apure
Sep. 7: Tiburones - Estudiantes
Sep. 7: Bravos - Aduaneros
Sep. 7: Atleticos UCV - Rojos de Sucre
Sep. 7: Lanc.Cojedes - Guacharos
Sep. 8: Generales - Cent.Apure
Sep. 8: Tiburones - Estudiantes
Sep. 8: Bravos - Aduaneros
Sep. 8: Atleticos UCV - Rojos de Sucre
Sep. 8: Lanc.Cojedes - Guacharos
Regular Season: Round 2
Sep. 2: Bucaneras - EPB 83-77
Sep. 1: Bucaneras - EPB 77-78
Aug. 29: Bucaneras - Estudiantes 73-56
Sep. 1: Juveniles - Aguilas 61-62
Sep. 2: Juveniles - Aguilas 56-66
Aug. 29: EPB - Sel.Nac. U15
Sep. 1: Sel.Nac. U15 - Estudiantes
Sep. 1: Potras - Lanceras
Sep. 2: Sel.Nac. U15 - Estudiantes
Sep. 2: Potras - Lanceras
Regular Season: Round 31
Sep. 1: Phoenix M. - S.Antonio SS 94-90
Sep. 2: Atlanta D. - Connecticut S. 87-80
Sep. 2: Chicago S. - L.Angeles S. 85-74
Sep. 1: Indiana F. - Chicago S. 81-64
Sep. 1: New York L. - Washington M. 79-73
Regular Season: Round 32
Sep. 4: Washington M. - Connecticut S.
Sep. 4: Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S.
Sep. 5: New York L. - Phoenix M.
Sep. 5: Atlanta D. - Indiana F.
Sep. 6: Seattle S. - Tulsa S.