How the Sydney Kings newest signing can potentially lead the franchise back to where it once was.
The re-launch of the Sydney Kings back in 2010 was supposed to throw new life into the Sydney Basketball market.
The Kings, who reigned supreme in the NBL during the late 90’s and early 00’s, won three back-to-back-to-back Championships (2003/04/05) under the reigns of supercoach Brain Goorijan and had a massive supporter base which was the envy of the league.
The once proud club, shut its doors in 2008 after years of mismanagement, hoped that by re-joining the National Basketball League (NBL) several years ago, it would make the Kings once again an iconic sporting franchise in Australia.
However, six years after the re-launch, the Kings certainly on-court, have failed to be anything but iconic.
Despite star-studded rosters, the Kings have failed to qualify for the post-season in any of the six seasons since returning to the NBL. To make matters worse, they have only won 58 of the 169 games they have played since returning. A winning percentage of only 34% since 2010, is abysmal for a team who believe they deserve to be called an icon of sport in Australia.
Off-court the Kings have been far from abysmal, with constant community engagement in schools, clinics to identify the next generation of basketballers and the loyal crowd support that regularly sees the Kings average over 5,000 people to each and every home game.
But how long before these fans turn away, they have endured six plus years of being the laughing stock of the NBL. They need a winner …
Welcome … Josh Powell.
Not necessarily a household name but should the 33-year-old American, lead the kings to their first Championship in over a decade, Powell would become royalty amongst the Kings faithful.
A man, who in his own words says …
“I’ve been a winner my whole career, my whole life,” Powell said during his first press conference as a Sydney King.
Powell, a man who knows what it takes to be a winner, is a two time NBA Champion, winning in 2009 and 2010 as part of the star studded LA Lakers roster that featured the like of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom.
The American is also one of only nine men in the world to hold both an NBA Championship ring and win the EuroLeague Championship, a feat which he achieved playing an integral role for Olympiacos in 2013.
Whilst Powell admits he is well travelled having played in the US, Italy, Greece, Argentina and China just to name a few, no matter what county, continent or time-zone, the plan is real simple for the former Laker.
“The plan is to strive for greatness.”
“I’m here because I want to be part of something special.” Powell said.
Powell could be the biggest signing in Kings history, a man who learnt the game of basketball from the legendary Phil Jackson, Powell has the right mentality needed for a franchise striving to once again be iconic.