Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season in the German Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005 to 2009 playing a total of 116 NcAA2 games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 15.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.7%. He was a CCAA Player of the Year and NCAA D2 Finalist in 2009. In 2009-2010, he came to Europe as a rookie and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to Eurobasket before game two against Phoenix Hagen.
A tough 99-74 loss in game in Bamberg. What a wild game where Bamberg dominated first and fourth quarters and Phoenix Hagen in between. Was a fifth quarter missing in the game for Phoenix Hagen to string together a comeback?
Yea it was tough, we dug ourselves in a huge hole in the first quarter and had to fight to get the lead. By doing that we wasted a lot energy in the 2nd and 3rd and kind of ran out of gas in the 4th. A 5th quarter would have been nice.
Bamberg scored 30 points in the first quarter, but Phoenix Hagen rallied in the second quarter. Why did the Hagen offense take longer than usual to get going?
Thats how it goes sometimes when your on the road, it took us longer than usual to catch fire and get into rhythm but we know sooner or later it will come, so we just stay persistent and keep attacking and putting pressure on their defense.
Phoenix Hagen led 64-62 with one quarter to go? Bamberg scored 37 points in the last quarter. It is a shame to say, but they beat Hagen at their game. What went wrong in the fourth quarter?
Like I said it took a lot of energy to fight back and gain the lead, and things weren't going our at that point at all.
Casey Jacobsen was kept pretty much in check, but there were simply too many other Bamberg players that had very good nights. Which Bamberg player annoyed Phoenix Hagen the most in the game?
Their inside players played extremely well and converted about 70% inside the paint and that's what really killed us.
How important was the strong game of German Ole Wendt who chipped in with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists? Was this his break out game this season?
It was good for us with Davin getting hurt and not playing as much. So it was nice for him to help fill that void, definitely a break out game for him.
After a bitter loss like this, do you even notice that you led the team with five assists?
Not really, but I do whatever I need to do to help my team Win, we just came up short last game.
Game two will be in your living room in the Enervie arena. How excited are you about the chance of beating Bamberg for a second time in a row at home? When was the last time that you played so early at 13:00 in the afternoon?
It's going to be a very intense and emotional game for us, we know we can play with this team and we are going to try to prove it at home and try to get this Win.Last time I played that early is when I'm back home lol
How vital will video be this week in preparation for game two? Will we see a different Phoenix Hagen in game two?
It will be important, we know what mistakes we made and we will make the necessary adjustments to put ourselves in a great position to win the game. We will do nothing different, same team but with a lot more fire and heart.
Do you see any upsets in the second round of the NBA playoffs?
Golden State over the Spurs and the Pacers might sneak one past the Knicks
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Iron Man 3
Thanks Larry for the chat