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Sydney Kings v Brisbane Bullets Game Preview

Sydney Kings v Brisbane Bullets When: 5.30pm (AEST), Saturday, 8 October Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Broadcast: NBL TV; Fox Sports Cadee marching to new beat Anyone who watched Jason Cadee stroke 20-of-25 triples in the Australian Basketball Challenge three-point competition would have had an inkling this young man is ready to take another step up. For Cadee though, it was just the continuation of a pre-season where his shot and everything else has been rolling nicely. “Yeah it has actually. I had a good off-season, it was good to have an off-season in Sydney for once and do my own thing,” he said. “I think when you’re in a good place mentally it helps everything else.” For Cadee, a good place physically in the off-season was China, where he picked up player of the series honours as the CPA Australia NBL All-Australian outfit defeated the Chinese national team, Cadee breathtaking with two match-winning displays. He then returned to the far east with an emerging Boomers team and provided outstanding leadership as the young Aussies held their own against international competition. “With the Australian stuff I’ve always been the younger one but this time I was the older one. It was nice for me to take on that role and have a couple of good trips away,” he said. Of course, he provided more than just leadership, incredibly knocking down 40 points as Andrej Lemanis’ men completed a stirring win over a quality Serbian side, Cadee landing six threes in the third quarter alone. “I got stupid hot,” he laughed. “I only had 10 points at half-time, and then I think at three-quarter-time I had 34 points or something like that.” Cadee has returned to the Kings a changed man, one who is determined to lead a squad featuring talent like Kevin Lisch, Brad Newley, Greg Whittington and Aleks Maric up the table. “For me, personally, I’ve been here a few years in Sydney, and as much as some of the guys coming in have some great experience, Sydney is a different world,” he said. “Through the pre-season I have really used my voice a lot to help guys and talk guys through things, and there has been a recognition from the group that I have put myself forward in that category.” While Cadee is a different man and Sydney is a “different world”, the Kings have moved to a different universe this season if their point guard is to be believed. “The owners have come in, that’s where it has all started and they’ve been great,” he said. “The people who own us now, the Qudos Bank Arena, they’re really looking to put on a show, they’ve bought a new scoreboard, a new court, and they’ll have things happening everywhere. “For the people of Sydney it’s going to be quite a shock this game-night experience.” Of course, that experience will be dampened if the Kings can’t defeat a buoyant Brisbane team, who impressively rallied from a double-figure deficit on opening night to overwhelm the Wildcats in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. The Bullets were a picture of nerves as they scored just nine points in the opening 10 minutes. “I thought we were anxious at the start of the game, and understandably so, it was first game back and a lot has been made of it,” coach Lemanis said. “We had three or four lay-ups we just blew which is a sign of that anxiousness.” But Brisbane’s heady group, who have seven NBL championships and 13 NBL grand final appearances between them, simply stuck to their stuff and grinded a win against the league’s masters of grind. Jermaine Beal was the second-half star, but Adam Gibson, Mitch Young, Shawn Bruce, Tom Jervis, Daniel Kickert, Anthony Petrie and Torrey Craig all played important roles and made important plays. “We showed that in the pre-season as well, our ability to just hang in and not get flustered, and that’s one of the benefits of having veterans,” Lemanis said. “They understand the game’s got highs and lows, and that’s been a good trait of ours, just to play the next play.” Cadee will be hoping the early-game impact of his team’s rebirth at a new venue will be a more positive one come Saturday, but he knows the Bullets have a squad more than capable of backing up and spoiling the party. “They’re going to be tough, they’ve put together a hell of a crew. They haven’t come back in to make up numbers, you can see that by the team they’ve got,” Cadee said. “I played with Peach and Gibbo for that amount of years and I’ve got so much respect for them. When you bring them in it makes you a better club and a winning club.”
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