Deze week een interview met een oud speler van Groningen en Rotterdam.
in 2005-2006 kwam hij oud voor Rotterdam om vervolgens een seizoen later te spelen voor Groningen. Kim Hermens ging in gesprek met: Joshua Helm.
How are you?
I’m doing great, I recently got married and had a daughter named Capri and have a baby boy due in a
couple of months. I currently live in Charlotte, NC where I work as the Regional Sales Director for an
electric vehicle technology manufactuer (Proterra).
Where did you play after you left the Netherlands?
After playing in the Netherlands I went back to play with KR in Rejkavik, Iceland. Where we
participated in the FIBA Cup. I played in Iceland two years prior and was the league MVP.
How do you look back after 2 years in the Netherlands?
I really enjoyed my time in the Netherlands, I really had a lot of fun living there. Met some really
good friends and got to play in a very competitive league. I really learned alot from two legendary
coaches Erick Braal and Ton Boot not only about baskeball but also life. I haven’t been back to
Holland since I stopped playing but hoping to make a trip back soon.
In 2005-2006 you played for Rotterdam, what was the best game you played in the Netherlands for
One of my most memorable games was the first game I played in Holland against Den Bosch. They
were the defending champs and the game was on National TV. It was a packed house and I got to
play against League MVP Leon Rodgers who I grew up looking up to and playing against in Columbus,
Ohio. I had 27pts and 11 Rebounds, however we lost the game by 3 pts. But I got to see what Dutch
basketball was all about, and see how well our team battled against the best team in the league. We
went on to have the best season in Rotterdam history.
In 2006-2007 you played for Groningen, what was the best game you played in the Netherlands for
2006-2007 was by far my most challenging season. I fractured my foot during a summer league
game and was on crutches for 2 months before the season started. I came into preseason very out of
shape from being injured. I was cleared by the medical staff and practiecd for 3 days before breaking
my foot again. I was than forced to wear a cast on my leg for over six weeks. After the injury I got
limited playing time and became a role player, trying to help the team anyway that I could. I loved
playing in front of the Groninghen fans and wish I could have brought them a championship while I
Do you wanna say somthing to the people in the Netherlands?
Heel erg bedankt voor je gastvrijheid. Ik hou echt van ndederlandn en hoop je snel te zien
Are you still in contact with players from then?
Yes, through social media I do still have contact with some of my friends and former teammates. I’m
very proud of my “little brother” Arvin Slagter and his recent sucess in competing in the Olympics
basketball 3×3 competition. I really do miss my teammates we have a bond that will never be
Do you have any advice for young players who wanne be pro players?
Absolutley, best advice I can give is that you will never regret putting in the hardwork and giving
your best effort. Always stay coachable, enjoy the process, be consistent and always continue to
improve. (there is always someone else better out there than you) To be a professional player it
takes confidence in your ability and the way to become confident is putting in the practice.
“The reason most people fail is because they give up what they want most for what they want now”