Konstantin Klein(Fraport Skyliners) It Is My Job As A Point Guard To Make My Teammates Better
Konstantin Klein is a 21 year old 185cm guard from Berlin that will be playing is first season for the Fraport Skyliners. He started his basketball career with ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) where he played until 2011. Last season he played for BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProB, starting five): 28 games: 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 73.2%. Awards and achievements in his career have been German U18 National Team -09, Nike Euroleague Junior Tournament (Unofficial European Clubs Junior Championships) -09, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 6 games: 0.7ppg, 1.7rpg, German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion -10
German U20 National Team -11, European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 9 games: 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -12, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -12. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Welcome to the Fraport Skyliners. How happy are you about joining this organization?
I am very happy that they have given me this chance.
How did the contact come to the Fraport Skyliners?
My agent Jan Rhodewald got the contact after Klaus Perwas had noticed my play.
What were the main reasons for coming to the Fraport Skyliners?
The city was important. I am from a big city Berlin and being in Frankfurt is a plus. Also the chance to play with the Beko BBL team each day was important. I also like the orgnaizationa nd my grandmother lives in the area.
What are your goals with the Fraport Skyliners?
To be successful with the PRO B team and fight for the playoffs. I also want to work hard and become a Beko BBL player one day.
What do you know about your new coach Eric Detlef?
I remember playing against him twice last season with Gotha. I spent a day with him in Frankfurt. I am happy that he is the new coach?
Detlef said that you have the ability to make your teammates better. Where did you get this ability?
That is a big compliment from him. It is my job as a point guard to make my teammates better.
What is a strength in your game that isn´t noticed right away?
My defense and my never give up mentality.
If you could ask Pascal Roller one thing about being a point guard, what would you ask him?
I would ask him for advice on defense and just about observing the little things on the court.
How were you able to develop further as a player with Gotha?
I think just being able to get minutes and the trust from coach Marko Simic was important. Playing 30 minutes as a 20 year old was important. I think I was able to take more responsibility and just playing with talented players helped me.
How did Marko Simic help you on the court most?
When I cam from Alba Berlin 2, there were so many things that I wasn´t aware of on the court like how to make adjustments on defense, but he showed me how to do it. He had a lot of trust in me and let me play.
Who would win a one on one in practice, you or Kevin Schaffartzik?
We never really played.
How did you start with basketball.
I played soccer until I was 10 years old, but I wasn´t amused how parents would show up at games at 9am with beer cans. I then played street ball and soon after organized basketball.
Who were your basketball idols as a kid?
Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson.
Why didn´t you complete the Alba Berlin route?
I liked playing there and won a NBBL title in 2010, but I guess they weren´t totally convinced of my play.
What did you learn at age 17 from head coach Henrik Rodl?
He let me play right away giving me 20-25 minutes and in my second season, I was the starting point guard. He gave me a lot of trust.
Did you ever think that Nils Giffey would win an NCAA title in 2008 when you were teammates?
No I didn´t but I am happy for him. We were roommates at the u-20 European championships. We are good friends and I hope that he get more minutes next season.
How much potential does your ex teammate Malte Ziegenhagen have as a player?
His best asset is his shooting from all over the court. He is a fighter and can defend well. He will make his way.
What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?
I never really have counted, but I once made 100 out of 104 shots.
What has been your most crazy shot in your career?
I hit a game winning three pointer and some free throws at the end to win games.
You have been working out at the Lumani summer camp. What kind of experience has that been?
It has been tough. I really felt pain after the first few days. I am working hard. There are many players here like Maik Zirbes, Oskar Fassler, Philipp Zwiener and Kevin Schaffartzik.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The Departed on a flight from New York.
Thanks Konstantin for the chat.