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Last:4/11/2017
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Last:3/30/2017
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 1 ASS Sale 4-0 
 2 GS Petroliers 2-2 
 3 Sporting 2-2 
 4 Al Fateh 1-3 
 5 Sagesse 1-3 
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Last:11/17/2016

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Interview with Tiras Wade - Apr 11, 2015


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Tiras Wade
Tiras Wade (200-F-81, college: La-Lafayette) current player of Al Fateh Al Hasa (Saudi Arabia-Premier League) gave an interview:

Why you decided to be a pro player.

Since I started playing basketball at 12yrs old the NBA was a dream of mine. My junior year of college after reaching the NCAA tournament and avg. 20ppg and getting on the radar opportunities came that would place me in a position to do just that. Unfortunately I did not get drafted but proceeded to play overseas for what has been 10yrs now.

There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.

It is very difficult these years in comparison to when I first came out 10yrs ago. There are lot of veteran guys who have excellent resumes with NBA and high level experience still waiting and possibly missing the whole season. I have made the mistake in the past and maybe even this year of turning down pretty good offers in hopes of getting the value you are actually worth in comparison to your production. One thing I learned is its better often to take what is on the table early because those teams that offer you then are the ones who want you the most and will be willing to pay you more most often.

Which was the best game you had in your career so far?

Thats a hard one, I just came off of a 30pt game that I would regard as a sweet game because I beat my former team Ittihad to be in tie for 1st place with a chance to win it out right this friday with a win over ansar. In terms of best game statistically it would have to be my 41pt game in italy or 48pt game in phillipines but my most memorable is the 37pt game against NC State that I held the record in their arena until steph curry broke it while playing for davidson university.

Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.

I would have to say my strong point would have to be my versatility. Being a big shooting guard and being able to play multiple positions. I have been played at spots ranging from the point guard to power forward being able to blow past bigger defenders and post up smaller ones. Physically and skillfully at 33 I'd like to think I don't have any weaknesses as every year you work to fill holes in your game. One attribute that I wish I could increase would be the ability to play better above the rim.

Which player was the hardest opponent to play against?

That's a real tough one, I would have to say professionally Andy Panko would probably be the toughest matchup I had defensively. While in the semi-finals to go to acb his team beat out me and breogan to move back up. He was another big guard even taller and bigger than me at the time and he had poise that enables him to still at his age dominate that league.

Tell about the best teammates you had so far.

Best teammates I have had by far came while I was at breogan in Devin Davis and Maurice Jeffers. Then I was the younger american and they were the older ones and they took me under their wing and taught time a lot of lessons about being successful in this profession.

Which coach you want to thank because he made you better player.

I would like to thank Paco Garcia also from my year at breogan because it was the first time in my professional career that I was challenged to be a defensive player. I went to breogan from mexico averaging 29ppg in the LNBP to playing 16minutes a game as a role player. It was a very tough role for me to accept to be a defensive stopper as a bigger guard and spot up 3pt shooter. But I learned to love it because as a whole the team was very good and we won and I enjoyed that more than anything. This was the first team I was on that actually won and I would like to thank Paco Garcia for bringing me in that year I have been lucky to be on winning teams and bring that winning mentality ever since.

Role player in a big team or star in a smaller one?

Definitely role player on a big team, I started out in italy in legadue two years in a row on bad teams. Averaging 17ppg and 19ppg each season, although it got me looks to go to A1 both years my teams would not let me out of my contract. When you are such a big piece of the puzzle its hard unless you have a buyout in your contract. Then the next years teams say ' oh he has good numbers but bad team anybody can do that'. The irony is on a good team with less production you go further and are seen as a winner and clubs look to bring in guys who can help their club do just that. I will say that with less production your chances of going into another market are harder though, most of the times it is best to stay put with that team because they will appreciate and know what you brought to the team to make them successful.

Which is your favorite basketball shoe? Which one you wear now?

My favorite basketball shoe would have to be the Jordan 13's. This was my first pair of Jordans I ever owned and till the day they are my favorite. This season I play in the kobe 9 elite, I like the fact that they are light and have ankle support without restricting movement. As a big guard the worst thing you can have is bulky shoes that slow you down, I like the kobe's because they are so lightweight you can move a lot more fluently.

What plans you have for the future?

I plan to continue to play basketball as long as I can play at a high level and keep producing, I am currently in season in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the second round. We have only lost one game to Nasr since I have been here and our last regular season game is this Friday where we can solidify a first round by into the semifinals coming in either 1st or 2nd. I would like to finish up here with a championship and then look to solidify a good opportunity going into next season. Hopefully back to some of the bigger markets I have played in before.

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