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Interview with Malcolm Battles - Jan 23, 2012


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Battles
Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico), currently in Lebanon after having been signed to pla with Duhok in the WABA league. The veteran of Middle East action has seemingly returned to add to his already extensive experience in the FIBA ASIA ZONE. We had the chance to chat with him briefly.

EU: Malcolm,, how have you found this return to the MidEast? Playing with Duhok in the WABA league?
MB: First off, I like to give praise to God for blessing me with talent and the ability to play basketball at a high level and travel the world. My return to the Middle East has been a blessing, I love it in this region. The Arabic people are deeply rooted in their religion and are very respectful. As for playing with the Iraqi team Duhok in the WABA, it's going to be interesting. I think we have a good team and I believe we're going to shock some teams in or bracket.
EU: How was it that you hooked on with the Iraq club to play in thie prestigious event? What compelled you to return to this particular venue?
MB: The WABA is a prestigious event and it's a blessing for to be participating in a tournament that will be televised around the world. The exposure will be enormous for me. Some of the best teams in the Middle East or participating in the WABA, so the games will be played at a high level, and that's what I'm looking forward too; playing against professionals at the highest level possible.
EU: Last season, you played in Lebanon. After another standout season, it appears as if you will stay in the Middle East. What are your thoughts on that?
MB: I definitely want to finish my career in the Middle East. I've played in Jordan, Saudi, Syria, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman, and I've visited Bahrain and Dubai UAE. And I loved something different about each country. The way of living is very interesting and each country is filled with rich history.
EU: Please outline for us briefly, what has been the path that brought you here to the tournament this season, and what do u think is on the horizon for you in the very near future.
MB: Well I played in Lebanon last season and got a chance to watch alot of the WABA games via television, and I was impressed by the high level in which the teams played. So I consider myself blessed to be participating this year in this prestigious tournament. As far as for the future, only God knows. But I'm looking forward to playing in the GCC and the Arabic Cup in May, enshallah.
EU: We hear that you will return to Oman to finish the season there with Nizwa? What do you see for the remainder of the Omani season in regards to Nizwa? Any key points to improve on for the club?
MB: I will be returning to Oman to finish out the season with Nizwa, the last years Champions. The Nizwa team is very young but also very talented. And as for the future of this young Nizwa team, I can see them evolving from being talented, to spectacularly great with some hard work and dedication. As far as improvements, we have a great Syrian coach, Samer Kayali, that is really patient and teaches the game of basketball to the young players. But for the most part, Nizwa's future in on track to be a successful one. Go Nizwa.
EU: It appears that your versatility is posing match-up problems for opponents, being able to post up due to your size, & strength, but also being able to shoot the ball from the field and from 3pt range. Is this going to assist the team as you gear up for the fight for playoff position in the 2nd half of the season?
MB: It definitely will. Being a versatile big man in basketball is always a plus. I feel the second half of the season will be just as successful as the first, enshallah.
EU: Any thing to share or say to your family or fans back home in the US?
MB: To my fiancee Ivonne Contreras and my son Micheal Malik Battles, te amo muchisimo y yo regreso pronto. And I want to thank all my family and friends for supporting me through my career and praying for me. So I'm going to leave you all with this, 'When a golden opportunity present itself, be prepared to take advantage.' Willie Malcolm Burroughs (My father)

WE AT EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO WISH MALCOLM A STRONG FINISH TO THE 2012 SEASON & WE LOOK TO HEAR MORE GREAT THINGS FROM HIM IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
BEST WISHES MALCOLM!
  




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WABA League Standings
 1 Chemidor 4-0 
 2 Petrochimi 3-1 
 3 Al Naft 2-2 
 4 Al Jaish 1-3 
 5 Qalandia 0-4 
Full Standings

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammad JAMSHIDI
  Chemidor
  (199-SF-91)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. M.Jamshidi Chemidor23.3 
 2. O.Krayem Qalandia22.5 
 3. T.Taylor Al Naft20.3 
 4. H.Puljko Petrochimi20.0 
 5. R.Merjaneh Al Ja16.5 
 6. M.Mirzaei Petrochimi16.3 
 7. D.Mayfield Al Naft15.8 
 8. A.Ismael Al Naft15.5 
 9. A.Alhamwi Al Jaish13.8 
 10. H.Hosseinzadeh Chemi12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Petrochimi
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. A.Kazemi Petrochimi11.7 
 2. M.Mirzaei Petrochimi10.0 
 3. A.Alhamwi Al Jaish9.5 
 4. A.Ismael Al Naft9.3 
 5. A.Zangeneh Chemi8.5 
 6. S.Sakakini Qalandia8.5 
 7. W.Austin Chemidor7.5 
 8. O.Cheikh-Ali Al Ja7.3 
 9. A.Hameed Al Naft7.0 
 10. O.Krayem Qalandia7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Demario MAYFIELD
  Al Naft
  (196-G/F-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. D.Mayfield Al Naft7.3 
 2. M.Kamrani Chemidor6.0 
 3. T.Taylor Al Naft4.8 
 4. R.Merjaneh Al Ja4.5 
 5. H.Hosseinzadeh Chemi4.3 
 6. O.Krayem Qalandia4.3 
 7. S.Mashayekhi Petro4.0 
 8. W.Alhaddad Al Ja3.5 
 9. A.Kazemi Petrochimi3.0 
 10. A.Zangeneh Chemi2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demario MAYFIELD
  Al Naft
  (196-G/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. D.Mayfield Al Naft3.0 
 2. R.Merjaneh Al Ja2.3 
 3. K.Hamzah Al Naft2.3 
 4. A.Ismael Al Naft2.0 
 5. M.Kamrani Chemidor2.0 
 6. O.Krayem Qalandia1.8 
 7. W.Alhaddad Al Ja1.8 
 8. A.Zangeneh Chemi1.8 
 9. H.Hosseinzadeh Chemi1.7 
 10. T.Taylor Al Naft1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali HAMEED
  Al Naft
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. A.Hameed Al Naft5.5 
 2. A.Alhamwi Al Jaish2.0 
 3. O.Cheikh-Ali Al Ja0.8 
 4. R.Arghavan Petro0.8 
 5. I.Hamad Qalandia0.5 
 6. M.Torabi Chemidor0.5 
 7. W.Austin Chemidor0.5 
 8. K.Riaei Chemidor0.5 
 9. A.Ismael Al Naft0.5 
 10. O.Eldiraoui Qalandia0.3 
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