June 28th, 2017 | by Levent Leventci
Malcolm Delaney is playing in Atlanta Hawks but his effect on European basketball can’t be ignored. He started his pro career in France, ELAN Chalon. In France he won France League Championship and France Cup. Then he played for Budivelnik Kiev where he won Ukranian League Championship. After that 2 huge seasons, he became German League Champion with Bayern Munich. His last stop in Europe was Lokomotiv Kuban (2 seasons). He ended his European journey by playing EUROLEAGUE FINAL FOUR with Lokomotiv Kuban. In that 5 Euro seasons, he earned a lot of important awards:
          2015-2016: ALL EUROLEAGUE FIRST TEAM
          2013-2014: GERMAN BEKO BBL SEASON MVP
          2013-2014: GERMAN BEKO BBL FINALS MVP
          2013-2014: ALL GERMAN BEKO BBL FIRST TEAM
          2012-2013: EUROCUP ALL FIRST TEAM
          2012-2013: UKRANIAN SUPERLEAGUE MVP
          2012-2013: UKRANIAN ALL SUPERLEAGUE FIRST TEAM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
OUR MINI INTERVIEW:                                                                                                                                                                 
1. You are an NBA Player and living your dream at the moment. What were your feelings and opinions after signing a guarantee contact with Atlanta Hawks?
MD: I honestly just felt like I was where I belonged. I was excited but more so ready to get to work and enjoy the new journey.


2. There were a lot of players who have European basketball experience (Calderon, Schroder, Sefolosha, Mike Scott, Ersan Ilyasova, Muscala) in Hawks roster in this season. So did this variety of players make any effect on Atlanta’s playing style?

MD: It definitely played a part but the credit goes to the scouts and front office because they identify what fits the system and those are the players they target.


3. We all know that playing in the NBA is your childhood dream. and you have still contract with Hawks. Your contract will be completed at the end of next season. If a F4 level team offers you a lucrative contract  , will you come back to Europe?

MD: The only way I will go back to Europe is if I have a offer that is significantly larger than an Nba offer. I don’t plan on going back to Europe but can’t say it’ll never happen because I am also a business man.


4. Nikola Kalinic and Aaron Jackson argued that European Bball players are suffering from lenght of summer holidays, intense schedule, different rules for  every competİtion (every local/international league have different ball selection, doping controls, unsportsmanlike foul rules etc) In order to solve that things; European basketball players and fans mentions a player union? What do you think about that problems and potential solutions?


MD: I think if these problems were addressed European basketball would be much better and it would also offer a higher level of basketball. The seasons are definitely too long.


5. What are your main advices to young players who are playing in Europe or who will start their pro career in Europe?

MD: Biggest advice is to go over there, set a goal and don’t let anything take you away from feeding your family.


6. Neven Spahija (former assistant coach of Atlanta Hawks) will be coach the coach Maccabi Tel Aviv next season. Also according to media; Bartzokas will be coach of Khimki next season. What do you think about them and what are your expectations on their teams?

MD: I haven’t followed much of European basketball but neven and bartzokas are both able to lead a team. If they have the right pieces they could make some noise.


7. In your opinion, which Euroleague players should play in NBA?


MD: I would like to see teodosic in the league.. but I didn’t follow euroleague so I don’t know who the. Best players were.


8. There are a lot of players from Baltimore in European basketball. You and Draper were “Baltimore Backcourt” . There are a lot of players from Baltimore who know European basketball very well like: Gary Neal, Joey Dorsey, Josh Selby, Kevin Palmer, Brandon Young, your cousin Keron Deshields and more. What do you want to say about relationship of players from Baltimore? Who are most important basketball players from Baltimore in the history?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MD: I think this is the best Baltimore basketball has been from the standpoint of genuine friendships and support. Out city was always known to be competitive and it hurt us because nobody wanted the next to shine but with the guys now I feel like we all support each other and want to see each other win for the good of the city                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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