Sydney Kings Rumors
The Sydney Kings will have yet another NBA great in their corner ahead of game 3 of the NBL Grand Final, with Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen recording a video message voicing his support for the Kings and their fans. Posted by the Kings on their Twitter account, Pippen says that he wished to “say hello to all the great fans in Australia”, as well as “wish the Sydney Kings the best of luck.”
Pippen also joins current Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in giving their support for the Kings, after the pair shared their own videos earlier in the series. Again, Curry and Thompson may be diehard Kings fans, but they are also former teammates of Andrew Bogut – part of the team’s ownership group – as well as current Kings import Ian Clark, both of whom were part of the Warriors’ championship dynasty from 2015-2017. Others who have shared their support for the Kings include former Kings players who are now in the NBA – Didi Louzada and Jae’Sean Tate – as well as former Kings coach Will Weaver, former NBA lottery pick Thon Maker, Sydney Swans player Jake Lloyd, and Super Netball team the NSW Swifts.
The Sydney Kings have signed NBA championship-winning guard Ian Clark for the remainder of Hungry Jacks NBL22 season. The 191cm versatile guard will come into the line-up for tomorrow’s clash against the Brisbane Bullets at Qudos Bank Arena and takes his place in the roster as an injury replacement for Jordan Hunter. Clark played 330 games in his NBA career, which was highlighted by playing a vital role off the bench for arguably one of the greatest teams of all-time, the 2017 NBA champions the Golden State Warriors, playing alongside Kings part-owner Andrew Bogut and backing up one of the greatest shooters in the game, Steph Curry. Hoops Capital and Kings CEO Chris Pongrass said Clark’s signing came after an extensive and considered search. “We are thrilled to have Ian joining our organisation.”
Nothing is set in stone, but the frontrunner to fill that head coach vacancy in Cairns is Adam Forde, sources told ESPN. Forde just completed his lone season at the helm of the Sydney Kings, with the team having already announced a mutual parting of ways going into their next campaign. Of course, that means the Kings are also on the hunt for a head coach; a position one NBA source described as “the most-coveted coaching job outside the NBA”.
Paul Smith has already changed his email signature to ‘co-owner’. Such is the significance of Andrew Bogut joining the Sydney Kings’ ownership group; a development that was announced on Monday morning. “Very f***ing happy to do it,” Smith, the Kings’ majority owner and chairman, told ESPN. “I’m co-owner now, mate… I don’t care if [Andrew] owns 0.01 percent, or whatever he owns, he’s gonna be treated with respect and have a voice. I want him to have that voice.”
The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a multiyear deal with Brazilian guard Didi Louzada, league sources told ESPN on Sunday. … Louzada has since been stashed with the Sydney Kings in Australia’s NBL as part of the league’s Next Stars program.