He felt right at home.
Jarvis Gunter was more of the most well-liked players to suit up for the Erie BayHawks and even though he returned to Tullio Arena on Tuesday wearing a Springfield Armor uniform, he still got love from the Erie fans after the game.
Gunter, who had been with the team since its 2008-09 expansion season, was waived by the BayHawks this season.
In his first game in Erie against his former team, Gunter had nine points on 4-of-4 shooting. For the season, Gunter is averaging 4.6 points a game in 29 games.
After the game that ended with Erie winning 101-92, I talked with Gunter about how it’s been for him since joining Springfield, jabbering with his former teammates and being back in Erie.
How did it feel to be back here for a game? – “It felt good. Good feeling. I was a little nervous, but overall it was a good feeling. We didn’t come out with the win, like I wanted, but it felt good to be back. The crowd really appreciated me.”
At the end of the game, one of the fans gave you a hug. What was that like to know that you left a good impression on them? – It was a great feeling. Good they still appreciated what I had done the past two years. I felt good. I was nervous, but it was a good feeling.”
Had you not got in early foul trouble, it might have been one of those special nights. You started off so well. You talked about being nervous, but it didn’t seem like it. (Gunter scored five of Springfield’s first seven points before picking up two fouls with eight minutes, 8 seconds left in the first quarter) – “Those fouls threw it of a little bit. The first one I didn’t think was a foul. The second one I probably got with the body. Kind of threw me off for a little bit.”
Erik (Daniels) was saying that you two had been jabbering throughout the game. How was weird was that playing against him when he was once your teammate? – “Playing with two years ago, he was the big brother to me. Now I guess he looks at me like I’m a little grown up. So he kind of teasing me through the game. At the same time, he was giving me advice so we were just going back and forth talking and having fun. That’s part of the game.”
You had guarded (Erie forward Ivan Johnson) before in practice and I saw you too talking. Were you talking to everybody or was everybody talking to you or what? – “As you play, you get to talking back and forth. It’s nothing personal. Just part of the game. Just competitors. Just part of the game. Nothing personal. Part of having fun.”
How has your experience been with Springfield? - “It’s been a good experience. Yeah. Throughout the whole progress.”
How difficult was it when you did get waived? – “It was real difficult. I had to sit back and think what was going to be my next move and stuff like that. Kind of plan it out, but overall, I think that this was the best thing that happened to me. Everything happens for a reason.”
Why you say that? – “I think I’m in a better situation. Coming in, I wasn’t really playing a lot for Erie. I’m getting more of an opportunity to showcase everything I do.”
Did you have to score on (his close friend and Erie forward Kyle Goldcamp) that early in the game? – “Ha ha. When they were coming to Springfield, they were getting the best of me. I kind of had to get them back.”
You’ve played with some of those guys over there with Erie. How do you sense they’ll do with the team right now in terms of playoffs? – “Man, they actually got bigger. They got a lot of talent. A lot of guys with more experience. I think it’s going to take them a little time to actually start clicking together and knowing their roles going into the playoffs, but overall, they look pretty good.”