Basketball Bundesliga: Jeremiah Martin and the NBA – “It was the Fulfillment of a Dream”

He came as a firefighter and put out the first fires: When Kamar Baldwin was seriously injured at the end of March, those responsible at BG Göttingen had to act quickly. There were only a few days left until the end of the transfer period to be able to sign a player. Head coach Roel Moors found what he was looking for – in the Australian league. The American Jeremiah Martin arrived in Göttingen on Thursday and was already on the floor in Braunschweig on Sunday. Since then, he has always been one of the most successful pitchers in the violin team.


The 25-year-old comes from a basketball family. His mother played when she went to college, just like his sister. “It was always basketball at home, my mom trained me when I was a kid. My daughter is only four, but she’s already playing,” said the Memphis player, who also played football at school for a few years before focusing. completely on basketball.

21 games for two clubs in the American Professional League NBA

After college, Martin tried to gain a foothold in the NBA, starting in the G-League and then playing a total of twelve games for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019/20 season. The following season, he was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers of the G-League, and he played 21 times in the NBA. “It was a great experience, it was also a dream come true.

I hope I can play there again one day, “says Martin, who, when asked about famous teams or opponents, diligently lists:” Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James. “It’s exciting with these players, who’s in the celebrities all over the world to be on the field. “And when you’re on a team with them and building relationships or friendships, it’s something very special.” Being athletic in the NBA is “a daily struggle. “and you start a new job every day.

The switch to New Zealand followed for the 2021/22 season – however, Martin was never in the country during his time with the New Zealand Breakers. “We were in Australia all the time and played our home games there. Australia is a very beautiful country,” said the American, who played there with former ALBA BERLIN pointguard Peyton Siva. He also warmly recommended him BBL.

Arrived and delivered immediately: Jeremiah Martin had a perfect debut at BG.
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“You will like it and have fun,” the former Berliner told him after four years of experience in the league. Adonis Thomas, one of his closest friends from Memphis, gave him more information. The former medi bayreuth player told him about the good organization of easyCredit BBL and that most clubs have their own gyms, that the spectators give the teams a lot of energy and support. “Everything he said is true. The fans remind me of my college days,” is Martin’s experience in the few weeks at BG Göttingen.

Help from the team and the BG coaches

Getting into a new team at the end of the season is always difficult. “I got into a phase where every game counts. But the team sticks together and helped me a lot, made it easy for me. And the two coaches give us a lot of confidence, tell us exactly what to do,” says Martin .

Martin came to Germany alone – without his daughter Journee and his partner Equria, who works as a teacher. So far, he has not seen much of the city – given the training and many matches in a short time. “I’m also very much at home, calling my family or playing video games,” the 26-year-old says.

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He has already tried the Göttingen restaurant scene a bit, and in Australia he also learned to cook himself. “But I hardly did it here. It is difficult to go shopping and translate everything: For example. find out what is spicy. I’ve eaten a lot of Caesar’s chicken salad since I’ve been here, but my favorite pasta is actually pasta. ”

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