Upon Maxi Kleber shining in the new Mavericks roster, we interviewed Kleber during the press conference.
Like most basketball players, Kleber did not start off his career in professional basketball with a loud bang. Instead, he worked hard for his position before achieving his record to date. It took Kleber a month into his first season to finally get into the rhythm of National Basketball Association (NBA). With 6 DNPs (Did Not Play – coach’s decision) and 15 games later, Kleber breakthrough his first official debut as a start. With such strong personality and persistency, Kleber push it through and gave his best in every match, “The more energy I have that day, the better I play. Some days you feel a little bit tired, so you have to force yourself to go out there and give your best, but I know that I’m an energy player”.
Playing with the big boys require different rhythm, tactics and mindset to produce remarkable results. Strategies and quick decision-making is vital on the court. Playing with the best requires great determination, grit and a whole lot of passion. Kleber is like a late bloomer, but once he gets the hang of the pace, he shone as bright as the rest of the players on court with his athleticism and skills.
Known as a defensive anchor, Maxi Kleber has made its way to become an important key player for Dallas Maverick. In NBA, physical attributes is equally as important as one’s mentality. In the match against Oklahoma City Thunder, Kleber successfully foiled Steven Adam’s ferocious dunk and blocked the shot. “Plays like that get everybody hyped, because those plays get everybody going the bench as well as the players on court; I’m going for it, even if sometimes it may be a bad decision, I’m always trying to go for every block. If I were to call myself a rim protector, I have the duty to go for it.”, stated by Kleber. With Kleber’s aggressive plays, his performance paid out, as Dallas Mavericks successfully limits Oklahoma City Thunder to only achieving 39 percent shooting scores. This is the very first season Mavericks opponent did not manage to score 100 points whilst playing against them.
Chasing his dream to be an NBA player ever since he was a child. Kleber’s journey remind us that childhood dreams could come true. If you set your mind and follow your heart and passion, you can be anything you ever wished to be. “I’m going for it”, said Kleber, with full passion in his words.