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Lakers purple & gold to Kings purple & gold

The Sydney Kings today introduced their final import for the season and he comes with solid credentials. Josh Powell won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons and arrived this morning in time for Sydney’s game on Thursday in Wollongong against the Illawarra Hawks. Standing 206cm (6’9”) and weighing 109kg (240lb), 33-year old Powell has had an excellent career after playing two years in college in the United States with NCAA powerhouse North Carolina State. Going undrafted by the NBA in 2003 after leaving NC State at the conclusion of his sophomore year, Powell began his professional journey in Russia and Italy, averaging 15.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game for JuveCaserta Basket in the 2004/05 European season. Those numbers brought him attention from the NBA, and the Dallas Mavericks signed him at the beginning of the 2005/2006 NBA season. While he would play just one year with Dallas, he remained in the world’s best competition for some eight seasons, playing a total of 316 regular season games and 46 playoff games for seven teams, including the Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks. But it was with the famed LA Lakers where he really made his mark. Josh played 150 games with the NBA team that also wears the purple and gold of the Sydney Kings, playing quality minutes when starting centre Andrew Bynum was injured and providing excellent frontcourt depth for the Lakers as they achieved back to back titles led by the legendary Kobe Bryant and Head Coach Phil Jackson. At the end of his first NBA stint, Josh played in the powerful Euroleague competition for Greek club Olympiacos and helped his team to a Euroleague title in the 2012/13 campaign. He returned to the NBA for the 2014/2015 season, serving as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets. He has also played in Puerto Rico, Argentina and the Philippines, with his most recent club Luoyang Zhonghe in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he played 24 games in the 2015/2016 season, averaging 25.9 points and 17.8 rebounds per game while shooting 59% from the field. Sydney Kings General Manager Jeff Van Groningen is thrilled to add Powell to a squad that already includes the likes of reigning NBL MVP Kevin Lisch and a pair of exciting imports in Michael Bryson and Greg Whittington. “We were fortunate that a player with the pedigree and ability of Josh Powell was available and we welcome him as the newest member of the Sydney Kings,” Mr Van Groningen said. Both Andrew (Gaze) and myself spoke with Josh as we considered him and we noted his team-first philosophy and drive to come in and do whatever is required to help us reach our goals.” “Josh has had success in the NBA and in Europe and we hope his time with the Kings is similarly successful.” Sydney Kings Head Coach Andrew Gaze believes Powell will add some needed grunt to the Kings’ frontcourt. “We’re very excited to get a guy who’s a veteran,” Coach Gaze stated. “Through the course of the preseason we could have been better on the boards and we feel he addresses that issue.” “We’ve spoken to Josh and we’ve been honest with him about his role. There will be a lot on his shoulders initially with Julian Khazzouh out, but the impressive thing about him is that’s he’s a mature guy and he accepts that his role will change when Julian returns.” “He’s played in China for a couple of teams, so one of my first calls was to Brian Goorjian, who endorsed him as a good person and a good player. That’s all I needed to hear.” JOSH POWELL BIO Born: 25 January, 1983 Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina Age: 33 Height: 206cm (6’9”) Weight: 109kg (240lb) Position: Power Forward/Centre   Career History 2001-2003             North Carolina State University 2003                        Lokomotiv-Rostov (Russia) 2003–2004           Scafati Basket (Italy) 2004–2005           JuveCaserta Basket (Italy) 2005–2006           Dallas Mavericks (NBA) 2006                       Fort Worth Flyers (NBA Development-League) 2006–2007           Indiana Pacers (NBA) 2007                      Golden State Warriors (NBA) 2007–2008          Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) 2008–2010          Los Angeles Lakers (2 x NBA Champion) 2010–2011           Atlanta Hawks (NBA) 2011–2012           Liaoning Dinosaurs (China) 2012                      Brujos de Guayama (Puerto Rico) 2012–2013          Olympiacos (Greece – Euroleague Champion) 2013–2014          Guangdong Southern Tigers (China) 2014                      Barangay Ginebra (Philippines) 2014                      Houston Rockets (NBA) 2015–2016           San Lorenzo (Argentina) 2016                     Indios de Mayagüez (Puerto Rico) 2016                     Luoyang Zhonghe (China)  
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