Dagblad van het Noorden: ‘Allemaal grote, Litouwse beren’ met Jason Dourisseau en Erik Braal van Donar

Dagblad van het Noorden had een interview met Jason Dourisseau en Erik Braal van Donar en kop van artikel is ‘Allemaal grote, Litouwse beren’.

Jason Dourisseau (34) begint vanavond aan zijn achtste seizoen voor Donar. Samen met coach Erik Braal blikt de basketballer vooruit op de eerste voorronde van de Champions League. “Het is lastig voorbereiden, maar we hebben wel een beeld van hun belangrijkste spelers. Het zijn allemaal grote, blonde, Litouwse beren.”

Volgens Jason Dourisseau is het inpassen van nieuwe krachten als Brandyn Curry, Evan Bruinsma en Stephen Domingo goed gelukt.  Hij denkt er al aan om aan zijn achtste seizoen bij Donar nog zeker een negende en misschien wel een tiende vast te plakken.

Lees verder via het Dagblad van het Noorden.

Jason Dourisseau: “as long as my body allows me to still be a contributor to my team, i want to play”

Ik heb tien vragen aan Jason Dourisseau van Donar gesteld en hieronder staan de vragen en antwoorden.

Vraag: how are you, Renate and Myliana Romée Alma now? It must be great to all of you to be back in Omaha with your family.
Antwoord: we are all doing great! Im so in love with my baby girl…shes growing like crazy and changing every week…rose is good too…shes a GREAT mother and we are loving this time in the summer we have.

Vraag: next season it will be your 7th season with Donar. Seven years is long, how do you look back at these years?
Antwoord: I look at these years as some of the best of my life and basketball career. Ive played with some GREAT players and even better people, people i still communicate with today.  Winning 3 championships with Donar is something Im very proud of, and something i will never forget as long as I live. I also am very thankful for everything the club has done for me and my family. And of course, the fans are just incredible. The energy and passion they give their team is second to none. Playing in a packed Martini Plaza is a priveiledge that i am very thankfu.

Vraag: after the 2016-2017 you are 33. Do you think already about the future and maybe playing basketball for one or two years after that season?
Antwoord: I take things a year at a time. I still love to play. I still love the day to day of basketball. I love being around my teammates everyday, and i love talking basketball with coach. So as long as my body allows me to still be a contributor to my team, i want to play.

Vraag: for a good career after so many years your body must be in shape. What is your secret of a health body?
Antwoord: Lol. I really dont have a secret. I just try to keep myself in good shape. In the summers, i work out a lot, and do a lot of weights and swimming. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with Adam Barnes 8 years ago, and he helped me out a lot with my summer workouts. Also how to keep my body in good enough shape without killing me in the summer. And my wife, Rose, really help transform my diet since we’ve been together. She makes me eat vegetables and fruit…lol…not just chicken and rice. So im thankful to her as well.

Vraag: in the summer you go always back to Omaha. What are you doing to be in shape for first training Donar?
Antwoord: weights, swimming, and court workouts.

Vraag: most players of last season are coming back. How great is that and how important is that for a team?
Antwoord: its crucial in my opinion.  We dont have to spend time learning coach and his system. We also know each other plays. I think signing Lance and Chase back were HUGE. Chase impacts the game in so many ways. Hes a really smart player but also extremely athletic. Lance is an unbelievable player with a high IQ, and he gives our team a toughness we need. Hes also a tremendous leader so im glad to be back with those guys.

Vraag: late September you will play in the Basketball Champions League. Looking forward to that?
Antwoord: I am definitely looking forward to Champions league. Im thankful for the opportunity and i hope we can play our way into the regular season.

Vraag: what are your personal goals for next season?
Antwoord: my personal goals are always the same…figure out my role to help my team win and try to play it to the best of my abilities.

Vraag: what means Donar for you?
Antwoord: Donar means everything to me. The fans, the organization, and the city of Groningen will always have a place in my heart. Ive had a lot of ups and downs while ive been with donar, but the fans and the club have always had my back. So helping the club achieve success is a great thing for me.

Vraag: do you want say something to the fans?
Antwoord: I want to say thank you to the fans…for always showing up and paying good money to see us play. You guys are truly the best fans in holland, and donar wouldnt be what it is without you.