That's how naturalised combo guard Andrew Lasker (188-PG-82, college: Point Loma) describes his mission this season at Newcastle Eagles.
A player that has played almost 250 games in The BBL averaging 15.8 pts, 5.4 rebounds, 2. 5 assists and 1.7 steals per game is certainly a great signing for The Eagles bringing a wealth of experience plus all-round ability and energy to revive a roster looking to return to the Top of British Basketball.
Lasker who played 9 games at the end of the 2010/11 season for The Eagles averaging almost 13 pts a game enjoyed his time on Tyneside in that short spell and it is no secret that both parties were keen to re-engage that union at some stage. It hasn't quite happened over the last couple of seasons but when the opportunity came, all sides were happy to make it happen.
He spoke to EuroBasket as he was about to arrive on Tyneside and get in to serious pre-season training with his new team-mates.
How did you get the news of that Newcastle were interested in re-signing you and what did you think when told about it?
"I was contacted by Newcastle the day following their Playoff Final lost to Leicester Riders. Initially, I didn't think anything of it because they just wanted to get a feel of my intentions for the up coming season and I had begun the negotiation process to resign with Plymouth."
Did the short spell you had two years ago with The Eagles influence your decision to re-join?
"Absolutely! During the month I was at Newcastle I got a good feel how the organisation was run. I walked away with an understanding of how they have been so successful the past 10 years. If an opportunity ever arose in the future, I wanted be part of the professionalism for a full season."
You've had a lot of great years at Plymouth, are you sad to leave?
"I wouldn't use the word sad per say. I have a lot of respect for everyone involved within the organisation and have built many relationships throughout the years there. Without a doubt it is my second home!"
You're an experienced BBL player what were your thoughts on last seasons campaign?
"I thought it was an exciting season for the fans. You had a two team race for the title up to the last few weeks of the season. Also, 4 teams within a game or two jockeying for 3-6. I felt like the sky coverage improved along with attendance throughout the league."
Eagles played second fiddle to Leicester Riders last season what did you feel were the differences between them last season?
"Depth and health! Riders were healthy throughout the season and could win different ways. I felt Eagles became a little predicable but that was down to injuries nevertheless. You have to give credit where its due and Riders earned the right to be the top team in the BBL last season."
Do you see Riders as The Eagles main competition again this season?
"Riders will be the favourites with continuity and core returning this season. However, everyone has seemed to improve their rosters therefore it should be an exciting season!"
Who else do you think are strong?
"Wolves, Raiders and Rocks seem strong on paper. However, if I have learned anything in my career it is never to judge a team on paper! You must go out and earn Silverware!"
Are you excited about the new team Fab Flournoy is putting together?
"I am really excited with the team Fab, Dave and Paul has assembled. It will be the most turnover I have seen at Eagles and the fresh blood will be exciting for our fans. They have reloaded as opposed to rebuild and I can't wait to build chemistry with the guys next week."
When you signed for The Eagles you said you had "unfinished business"?
"It took me a few months to get over that Playoff semi-final loss to Sharks when we were up by 9 on aggregate after the first game. We didn't finish the job in the second game and reminds me of the "unfinished business" slogan."
What do you think you can bring to The Eagles and what are your hopes and expectations for the coming season?
"Coming to a team where there will be a lot of new faces my experience will help Chuck and Darius with the process of making sure we are all on the same page and have our eyes on the same goal! As far as a physical contribution, I will never guarantee percentages or stats. The attributes that I can always guarantee is that I will rebound, defend and play hard."
Finally, have you a message for the fans in Newcastle?
"The fans will be more important than ever as we will need them to help us with transition of reloading. It will be important for them to make sure the new guys understand the tradition of the Newcastle Eagles. Team goals come before individual ones as we work to bring the trophies back to Newcastle! I look forward to meeting you all and enjoying a great season together!"
Committed, focused and determined would seem three good words to describe Lasker's intentions this season as there's no doubt that he will give as much as he can for The Eagles cause this season.
Townsville Heat adds Anderson to their roster, ex Cheshire P. - 22 hours ago
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Townsville Heat (QBL) added to their roster 27-year old British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Anderson played at Leicester Riders (also in BBL) where in 34 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career... [read more]
Townsville Heat (QBL) added to their roster 27-year old British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Anderson played at Leicester Riders (also in BBL) where in 34 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Defensive Team. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won British BBL Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He represented United Kingdom at the 3x3 World Championships in Greece five years ago. Anderson has played also professionally for other British teams like Nottingham Tribe and Essex Pirates.
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs! Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a ma... [read more]
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs!
Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a massive 36 points in just 22 minutes, after sinking a sizzling eight scores from beyond the three-point line. He also had three rebounds, three assists and not a single turnover during his time on court.
Callum Jones (193-G-85, college: Pace) (Manchester Giants) They may have finished propping up the table, but there was at least a smile of sorts heading into the summer for Giants as they ended their participation with an exciting home win against Plymouth Raiders. That was largely down to a magnificent effort from Jones, as he led his team to victory with a quite brilliant line. The guard finished with a majestic double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds, while adding seven assists for good measure.
Earl Brown (Cheshire Phoenix) Finishing the season with a flourish and arguably the most consistent performer throughout a campaign of changes for Phoenix, Brown was in scintillating form against Leeds. While his team-mate DiNunno excelled in the backcourt, the forward scythed down Force by registering a huge double-double. He did the business in the paint with an astonishing 84% from the field for 28 points and also added 14 boards and five steals.
Leslee Smith (Bristol Flyers) Despite their worrying start to the season, Flyers find themselves in the Play-Offs after a weekend win double which catapulted them into seventh place. It was imperative Flyers got off to a positive start in their double-header and Smith brought the noise in a big way against Manchester. He was sensational and very much the difference-maker in a hard-fought victory against Giants with a monumental 19-point and 21-rebound double-double to delight the locals.
Tony Wroblicky (DBL Sharks Sheffield) The Sharks are now looking to defend the BBL Play-Off title they famously won at The 02 in London last May and if they manage to do it, you can expect Wroblicky to have a big hand in it. He was on fire for Sharks as they ended Worcester's record winning streak by beating them on the road and in front of the BBC Sport cameras. He weighed in with an outstanding double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, also not spilling the ball once in 30 minutes on the hardwood.
Off the Bench - Rashad Hassan (London Lions), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Jermaine Sanders (Leeds Force), Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Hameed Ali (Bristol Flyers), Chaz Rollins (Surrey Scorchers), Rob Marsden (Leeds Force).
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