It has been a heartbreaking start to the season for Sydney with a 2-7 record. After a very promising start last year, their fortunes have completely turned on its head. The Kings were unlucky not to make the finals in 2016 but with that comes finger pointing. There was talk of a player fall-out midway through the season and a lot of fans may think that it has continued on to this season. If you looked at their roster for game one this year, it seemed like the team lacked a lot of depth.
It didn’t help that Kevin Lisch got injured early on as well. There’s no way that blame can be pointed anywhere else other than recruitment and on an inexperienced coach taking the helm. Yes, Andrew Gaze is the G.O.A.T of Australian Basketball but even he can feel the pressure of leading the charge of a professional outfit.
Dean Vickerman who has won numerous championships in the NBL as head coach left to pursue a better offer with Melbourne United, and in a lot of people’s eyes he was the reason behind Sydney’s success in 2016/17.
Jeff Van Groningen had to pull some strings and he did so signing Randle and Tyler. These players will add the X-Factor that Sydney desperately needs. Jeremy Kendle did all he could to fill the shoes of skipper Kevin Lisch but we all knew that was a short term replacement. Randle was averaging 20 points per game before he left the league.
He is the man to help the resurgence of the once dominant club of the NBL. He thrives in these moments and once you get to 6-10 you can basically kiss your finals hopes goodbye.
Randle will bring an attacking head, making sure that he always goes hard to the basket. It’s the way that he will organise the team on the court that might be the biggest challenge. Jerome is capable of pulling off the unthinkable so expect to see some special moments as the season progresses. What’s more is that the crowds will get bigger and Randle jerseys will be selling like hot cakes! Who wouldn’t be excited for this guy to hit the court?!
Tyler has a MASSIVE roll to fill. The Kings lacked any sort of defensive pressure under the basket. Jeremy is a big body with an ability to protect the rim and is quite lengthy. If there was one position The Kings needed to fill desperately it was in that centre spot. Nothing against Isaac Humphries, but he is a young player with a heap of talent that needs to be nurtured. As time goes on he will be extremely dominant in that five spot. With Tyler in the squad he will be the teacher that Humphries needs to get even BETTER.
The Kings have a tough double header playing Illawarra and Adelaide away from home. This might be the biggest two games since the change of ownership of the Sydney Kings.
Catch all the action of the Kings must win clash against the Illawarra Hawks Thursday night at 7pm right here on SWR Sport.