Sydney Kings, where to now?
Such a disappointing season. On and off the court.
I'm not into kicking people when they're down but good riddance to Heal. He's not up to scratch as a coach. Plain and simple. His coaching record reflects this, two losing seasons at the Kings. He couldn't get the team to perform when it mattered most. He is a legend of Australian basketball but it seems that coaching isn't his go.
So where to now for the Sydney Kings?
3 seasons back in the comp and it appears that morale is at an all time low. When was the last time a coach resigned in a press conference during the season!?
When was the last time a coach signed with a different team in a different country during the season!?
When was the last time an import was sacked and re-signed by the same team in the same season!?
It wasn't all bad, the fact that the Sydney Kings could lure a player of Sam Youngs pedigree is very positive. However, It is a shame that he appeared disinterested for the most part.
We have sat through the re-introduction/rebuilding stage, at what point does this organization take a stand.
Madgen and Garlepp resigning is not overly encouraging for me and here is why:
Madgen is one dimensional. He doesn't effect the game in any other way, he's on or he's off. He can not play defense at all! Opposing teams guards always have good games against the Kings, Beal, Markovic, Clarke - Gouding had 50 points on him! He doesn't strike me as a winner because he hasn't proven that he can do so yet. He hasn't even won a playoff game but he is held in such high regard within the club.
Garlepp had a good year which is expected with more opportunity. Wouldn't you wait to make a play for guys like Vukona or Daniel Johnson or even Forman? (if they are not under contract)
Both seem like good guys but I wouldn't be building a team around either or both of those guys, not at this critical stage, they are both too inconsistent and unproven when push comes to shove. If the Kings bomb again next yr then what, another rebuilding stage?
Ogilvy would be the priority signing IMO. You can justify building a team around a guy who was once considered a NBA Draft pick and he is a Sydney local.
Management need to bite the bullet, dig deep into their pockets, make a splash and bring back a big name. Start with Brian Goorjian.
I would love to see Sam Young play for Brian Goorjian. I'm not a body language expert but it seemed as though he didn't respect Heal, maybe he would respond better to an American coach.
I do realize that money doesn't grow on trees but this is Sydney, it is not a community based team where expectations on and off the court are considerably lower. Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth are all presenting great products to the public and Wollongong consistently overachieve on court, time to step up Sydney!