NBL News: Makur Maker signs with Kings as part of Next Stars

From nbl.com.au: The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to announce Makur Maker will join the Brydens Lawyers Sydney Kings as part of the NBL Next Stars program. Maker joins a Kings program that has become a breeding ground for NBA talent over recent years and the 20-year-old will be aiming to improve his stocks ahead of next year’s NBA Draft. Former Sydney players Didi Louzada (New Orleans Pelicans) and Jae’Sean Tate (Houston Rockets) are now thriving in the NBA, while former Kings coach Will Weaver is an…

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Jaylen Adams signs with Sydney Kings for NBL22

From nbl.com.au: The Brydens Lawyers Sydney Kings have announced the signing of import point-guard Jaylen Adams. Adams joins the Club following three years playing in the NBA and G-League. Known for his prolific scoring and playmaking ability, Adams is a marksman from three-point range, averaging 40% from behind the arc in the 2019-20 season. Adams also prides himself on his defensive presence and ability to create for others; a two-way player to run the offence is exactly what the Kings front office were looking for. Hailing from Hanover, Maryland, Adams…

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NBL22: RJ Hunter signs with Sydney

From nbl.com.au: The Sydney Kings have announced the signing of former NBA first-round pick RJ Hunter. Hunter joins the Club following six years playing in the NBA, G-League and Europe. The 27-year-old has most recently been playing with Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL).   Having already spent some time with Hunter during his time at the Chicago Bulls, Kings Head Coach Chase Buford is looking forward to re-uniting with the talented import in Sydney. “RJ is an elite shooter that will make the court bigger for everyone…

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NBL21 Free Agency: University of Miami’s Dejan Vasiljevic signs with Sydney Kings

From nbl.com.au: The Sydney Kings have announced the signing of sharpshooting guard Dejan ‘DJ’ Vasiljevic on a three-year deal. The talented young guard just completed four-years at the University of Miami where he averaged 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his senior year. Making a name for himself for his impressive shooting from beyond the arc, Vasiljevic had a decorated college career finishing 17th in ACC history and 2nd among Hurricanes in career made 3-pointers. Vasiljevic expressed excitement in getting his professional career underway in Sydney. “I’m very…

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Xavier Cooks opts out of deal with Sydney Kings

From nbl.com.au : Sydney Kings young-gun Xavier Cooks has exercised his right to opt out of the remaining year of his contract. In light of the recent agreement between the NBL and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association which saw pay cuts of up to 50 percent for the 2020-21 season, a deadline of May 4 was set for players to declare their intention to explore opportunities overseas. Cooks joined the Kings fifteen games into the NBL20 season after recovering from a knee injury he suffered while representing Australia in preparation…

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NBL Statement on the Grand Final

From nbl.com.au: The NBL wishes to clarify and respond to comments made in respect to the Hungry Jack’s NBL Grand Final Series presented by MG. Given the escalating threat of COVID-19 over recent weeks, the NBL regularly consulted with both the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats right throughout the series. The NBL made the decision to proceed with game one as planned in Sydney on Sunday March 8. In the days leading into game two in Perth last Friday we were in constant contact with both teams. A number of…

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NBL cancel remaining games of Grand Final

It appears that the Coronavirus has halted one of the few remaining outlets of basketball, or any professional sports, Australia’s National Basketball League. Game four of the league’s championship series, the Grand Final was to be played Friday between the Sydney Kings and Perth Wildcats. However the Kings brass stated they did not want to play the game in lieu of the global circumstances surrounding COVID-19. NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman had this to say in a statement: “We respect the decision in what are extraordinary times for…

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Perth takes 2-1 lead in NBL Grand Final

From nbl.com.au: A career-best Nick Kay performance with Bryce Cotton again brilliant has put the Perth Wildcats one win away from back-to-back NBL championships after outlasting the Sydney Kings 111-96 in Game 3 of the Grand Final series at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday. Led by dynamic duo Cotton (31 points, seven assists) and Nick Kay (30 points, 12 rebounds, four assists), Perth rebounded from a 97-83 loss to the Kings on Friday night to beat Sydney for the second time on the road in the Grand Final series.  Kay…

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Perth defeats Sydney 88-86 in Game of 1 NBL Grand Final

From nbl.com.au: The Perth Wildcats have drawn first blood in the NBL Grand Final series with a Bryce Cotton-inspired 88-86 win over the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday Shooting for back-to-back championships and the club’s 10th overall – more than double the next best in NBL history – the Wildcats trailed for most of the first half but produced down the stretch in a dramatic final term to go 1-0 up in the best-of-five series. The 27-year-old Cotton went into the game averaging 33 points against the…

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Melbourne beats down Sydney 120-85 in Game 2

From nbl.com.au: Melbourne United said they wouldn’t let their Game 1 capitulation hurt their confidence and they proved this with the most remarkable demolition job of the regular season champion Sydney Kings at Melbourne Arena on Monday night. Melbourne turned on a record-setting performance to thrash the NBL title favourites 125-80 and force a deciding Game 3 at Qudos Bank Arena on Thursday night as their best-of-three series is now tied 1-1. United came into the season with high hopes having played in the previous two Grand Finals and then…

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