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Recruit Kyle Adnam reveals secret to unlock Sydney Kings’ dynamic back-court

Sydney Kings’ recruit Kyle Adnam says the club has found the secret to ensure their dynamic back-court will fire this season.

Adnam made no secret of coach Andrew Gaze’s tactics to balance the output of guards Jerome Randle, Kevin Lisch, Tom Wilson and Adnam himself in the pre-season – to maximise the output of the group.

The 24-year-old joined the Kings after coming off a championship and three seasons with Melbourne United.

The talented point-guard spent most of the season coming off the bench behind United’s Casper Ware and Casey Prather – but made several valuable contributions for the Victorian side.

He is one of a number of recruits to the Harbour city – in a revamped Kings line-up – with the likes of Andrew Bogut, Daniel Kickert, David Wear and exciting young prospect Brian Bowen all joining the squad in the off-season.

“I think one of the strengths of the group is our depth,” Adnam said.

“We’ve seen it throughout the whole pre-season – there’s been a lot more balanced rotations between Jerome, Kevin, myself and Tom in those guards spots.

“That’s one of the great things about our team too – we have an amazing, talented back-court.

“I think those bench minutes are going to be important this year.

“We’ve been performing that way and I’m sure it’s going to continue throughout the year.”

The Kings go into the 2018/19 NBL season as the red-hot favourite on the back of Bogut’s signature, but will take time to gel as a team.

But Adnam praised the star recruit’s influence in the off-season.

“He is (a legend),” Adnam said.

“I think the impact he has not only on the Sydney Kings, but on the league and Basketball in Australia has been huge.

“He’s been a bit of an inspiration, I grew up watching him and to actually play beside him now is absolutely amazing.

“Just the experience he brings and talent as well which is huge, he’s definitely got a lot of knowledge and I just try and pick his brain whenever I can.”

Bogut had an injury scare at training after clashing with teammate Tom Wilson, although Adnam confirmed the superstar’s knee is “fine” and he’s good to go.

The Kings kick-start their season when they host the Adelaide 36ers at Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The NBL season tipped-off on Thursday with Brisbane defeating New Zealand 86-73.

 

Listen to the full interview below:

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