Anonymous
Earlier this year

NBL "incapable" of making decisions: Smith

A new article was released this morning from Olgun Uluc at Fox Sports, featuring more comments from Sydney Kings owner, Paul Smith.

It sounds to me like the NBL did make a decision - which was that it would continue on with the series and that the Kings didn't like that. They were hoping the league would cancel the series.

Smith continues to mention that there was an agreement for there to be no winner if the series was incomplete. I find that one strange, as I can't see how both teams would agree to that as it would essentially create a "get out of jail free card" if one of the teams wasn't happy with how things were going.
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"There was no sense that we were asking the NBL to make a judgment; the NBL was incapable of making a decision," Smith said. “There were no NBL executives in Perth. We were functioning in a void. This is a teleconference. There wasn't even policy on the run, it wasn’t even decision-making on the run; it was just 'do something’ on the run. That’s what it became.”

“In fact, I offered that opportunity to the NBL,” Smith said, when asked if he hoped the NBL would make the decision to cancel the series, before they withdrew.

“I said, look, leave us out of it. We’re not interested in grandstanding here; all we’re interested in is our player welfare. The league refused that, and said that they were gonna come out with an announcement that reflected the fact that the Sydney Kings withdrew.

“We were forced to come out, as a result, and I told the league that we would have to defend our players in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, if that was the case.”



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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

https://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nbl/no-direction-denials-and-tears-inside-story-of-the-messy-5-days-that-got-the-nbl-finals-cancelled/news-story/06dd154ad11ff456b1fde9b6d08690ab

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Is there a bigger muppet in the industry that Olgun? Just a leech who's up and about because of the NBA connection Larry has worked tirelessly to build.

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PlaymakerMo  
Earlier this year

"There were no NBL executives in Perth. We were functioning in a void. This is a teleconference. There wasn't even policy on the run, it wasn't even decision-making on the run; it was just 'do something’ on the run. That’s what it became."

Wtf is he on about?

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KET  
Earlier this year

if you see his Twitter he's a completely loopy bloke

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Looking forward to tomorrow's whinge. How long can they keep it up for and will it be Smith and Bogut alternating days? Everyone else has been quiet.

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Vodka63  
Earlier this year

I thought there was a handshake deal? How did this happen on a teleconference?

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KET  
Earlier this year

Handshake during corona virus outbreak? Can't be serious

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Splinky  
Earlier this year

What we seem to have here is a Sydney Kings team that is freaking out because they failed to capitalise on a huge spending season, and a record-breaking regular season.

They were perfectly positioned to win it all, but achieved of mix of under-performance and capitulation in the post-season.

Rather than admit their own failure, they are throwing blame outwards.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Smith is an embarrassment.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"There were no NBL executives in Perth. We were functioning in a void. This is a teleconference"

So he expected NBL officials to hop on a plane but not his players?

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rjd  
Earlier this year

I'm trying to establish a rough timeline here. Feel free to correct/add this if I have anything wrong.
- MARCH 8: Game 1 is played with no indication that the series might be interrupted.
- After MARCH 8: After game 1, Kings offered 3 game series. Wildcats agree, Kings refuse.
- MARCH 13: Kings insist upon no fans for game 2, a Wildcats home game. NBL, Wildcats agree.
- MARCH 13: Prior to game 2, NBL suggests series will be cancelled if any player tests positive for the virus.
- MARCH 13: Game 2 played, series proceeds as planned.
- MARCH 15: Game 3 is played.
- MARCH 15?: After game 3, NBL offers games 4 and 5 to play sooner. Wildcats agree, Kings refuse. Chartered flights suggested: Wildcats agree, Kings refuse.
- MARCH 17: Kings decide to withdraw from playing the remaining games.

- ???DATE??? Kings allegedly offered no result agreement if series was cancelled. [when did this occur? Did this include either team withdrawing, or just an NBL/govt decision? Any more details?]


From the outside, it looks like one team has been willing to make sacrifices to complete the series. Then you have another team who is only willing to agree if they are not disadvantaged in any way.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Get over it the better team won. Perth are final specialists for a reason

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Nbl screwed the pooch! CEO of nbl must go!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Was Bogut more at risk calling his press conference than playing game 4?

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Cornholio  
Earlier this year

Smith sooking after the fact. Classy.

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GM  
Earlier this year

If this guy isn't careful Sydney might be restricted to just the 3 imports next season....

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Perth, win at all costs.

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Brutal Game  
Earlier this year

"Perth, win at all costs."

10 times :-D

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Captain Jack  
Earlier this year

Can they Sydney kings owners, players especially bogut, shut the hell up, act with some class, and stop being such sore losers

All this is, is waaa i didnt get my own way and cant face the facts that Perth were the better team and deserved the championship

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Spinner  
Earlier this year

Wow......Sydney Sooks are really upset aren't they? Two years in a row they tried to buy a premiership and still haven’t succeeded! Maybe spend ten million on a team next season and put it all beyond doubt.

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Captain Jack  
Earlier this year

If I ran the NBL, its we made the decision, Perth are champions, get over it!

By the way Smith and Bogut here is a 100k fine each, the team is not allowed to play again and will forfiet every game until these are both paid in full

Theres a decision for you!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Man the Perth fans always forget about how many championships Perth have bought. Is it 5 or 6?

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

At least when we buy them the transaction goes through successfully.

Whereas Kings under AEG/Paul Smith and other previous high spending regimes such as Wrublewski and Macquarie couldn't organise a root in a brothel!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Man the Perth fans always forget about how many championships Perth have bought. Is it 5 or 6?"

Well we have ten, so I'd like to know which 4 or 5 haven't been bought?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The Kings under Wrublewski never won a championship. They also never spent over the cap either. More PerthWorld lies.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who could forget Drew Barry and Steve Woodberry's overpaid overhyped Kings careers? Everyone! Randoph Childress. Acie Earl. Kings were renowned for overspending and underperforming back then. Everyone knows that.

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Cornholio  
Earlier this year

Will there be a Smith or Bogut thread tomorrow?

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Lovebroker  
Earlier this year

Why is Smith such a classless act?

The league proposed at least 3 options to finish the series safely, they even proposed to have Games 4 and 5 IN SYDNEY and Perth even agreed.

Each option was rejected by the Kings. So on one hand the league and Perth have to accept Sydney decisions, but the Kings cannot accept league decisions.

For Smith to originally say he showed no disappointment at the result then these days of complaining is really showing no class at the Kings front office.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"I am a Dickhead and 'Incapable' of opening my mouth without embarrassing myself": Smith

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

With Apologies to Shelley...

And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Smithymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Who could forget Drew Barry and Steve Woodberry's overpaid overhyped Kings careers? Everyone! Randoph Childress. Acie Earl. Kings were renowned for overspending and underperforming back then. Everyone knows that.

Evidently some do not so this will serve as a good reminder.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Kings were renowned for overspending and underperforming back then. Everyone knows that." No you beleive that to be true. So it's meaningless. Like all of the Perth crap about the Kings. Perthworld even agress "At least when we buy them the transaction goes through successfully." Nuff said.

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FM  
Earlier this year

Smith should do an interview with his imports, all 4 of them. Oh whoops, couldn't because they had already left

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Good summary rjd. The telling points for me are what happened after game 3, and the Kings response that moving game 4 forward wasn't enough recovery time for them (obviously Bogut struggled in game 3).

If they were at all interested in finishing the series, the answer would have been yes. If they were concerned about the player welfare, the answer would have been we don’t think the series should proceed. Instead, they basically said we don’t want to give Perth any advantage ie they didn’t want to lose.

That’s the moment that the pre-game 2 posturing (Sydney refusing to play in front of a crowd) came back to bite them. Player safety was paramount apparently, unless it took away their advantage. They backed themselves into a corner and Smith’s ego wouldn’t have allowed him to lose, so he has pretended to do the honourable thing and withdraw. The fact that he thought a no-result agreement was in place tells me he always had a face-saving withdrawal card to play, except he stood alone in that thinking.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"The telling points for me are what happened after game 3, and the Kings response that moving game 4 forward wasn't enough recovery time for them (obviously Bogut struggled in game 3)."

Even before then, they refused to reduce to best of 3 when they were down 0-1 with a game to play in Perth. This was because it would force game 2 into a must win. Loeliger said this on nbl overtime

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Even before then, they refused to reduce to best of 3 when they were down 0-1 with a game to play in Perth. This was because it would force game 2 into a must win. Loeliger said this on nbl overtime

So much for the myth about not wanting to play due to the virus.

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Cornholio  
Earlier this year

I don't understand why Smith craps on about this . What's done is done.

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

So Kings decline a best-of-three scenario BEFORE Game 2.

Later they decide the best-of-five they WANTED TO CONTINUE WITH be called off, with no winner declared, after Game 3.

Classic.

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