As part of the motivational campaign carried out by urban clothing brand GRRR, VTB hall of famer EJ Rowland interviews Jock Landale to chat about the global pandemic, his techniques for success, and his personal analysis of the new Barça coach Sarunas Jasickevius.
The Australian player, who spent last year at Zalgiris playing for Sarunas Jasickevicius, shares his thoughts about the new Barça coach
Landale defines the Lithuanian coach as the closest thing to Mamba mentality in Europe and also talks about his level of demand: “I think Saras is the closest thing to what you get out of that kind of Mamba Mentality or whatever people call it. The level of perfection that's expected from you every single day prepared me for whatever is next. He taught me how to be a professional pass what I thought a professional actually was. I think that those things are definitely things that I'm appreciative of and didn't realize I had to do in order to be a Euroleague player”.
For Landale hard work is, without a doubt, the recipe for success over innate talent: “I actually do really believe in this ‘attack life in full pursuit of your dreams’ mentality. People can be incredibly talented. They can have all these physical attributes, God-Given, but at the end of the day, it's the ones that really work the hardest, just put their head down and do whatever they can to win that are the ones that succeed in life”.
The Australian also takes the opportunity to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced his love for basketball: “My level of appreciation for basketball during this pandemic has gone up like nothing I've ever seen before. I think I never really realized how much I loved the game until it was taken away from me. For the first two months of being home I couldn't even get on the court because there were no courts to get onto. Australian government shuttle that stuff and we had no options. So for me now be back on the court, it's like I can't get enough of it. I'm in seven days a week doing whatever I can”.
After spending the first years of his career in two clubs such as Zalgiris or Partizan, Landale also analyzes the importance of fans attending games, which could be jeopardized next season due to the current situation: “Playing for the likes of Partizan and Zalgiris has been incredible. I mean, two really different fan bases, but two of the craziest atmospheres I've ever played in my life. My parents came to watch Partizan playing and my dad says that's the best sporting atmosphere he's ever had. Knowing that you've got that behind you is it's a massive advantage for us, and we appreciate what they do for us every second of every day”.