Craig
Earlier this year

Didi goooonneee

Has landed back in the states and won't play another game in nbl.

Huge blow for kings. Cant replace his defense or ability to get to the basket of late

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Just saw on ESPN. Good for him.

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BeeGee  
Earlier this year

Really good news for Didi! Shows the next star program has done its job. Although reading through the ESPN article, I don't necessarily agree with the following:

"Over his two years in Sydney...was widely regarded as one of the NBL's most reliable perimeter defenders."

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Shows the next star program has done its job"

How?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Is Jessup next?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Quite odd to see nothing from the Kings on their social media.

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Luuuc  
Earlier this year

Congrats Didi!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

The Kings media manager is an absolute joke. Sydney gets no media interest at all and their communication to fans and their members is laughable at best. So it's not surprising that nothing has been said.

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

I'm assuming/hoping that they are trying to package it with an announcement as to a replacement, however given timeframes and quarantines etc. I'm not sure whoever they bring in is going to be enough to see the Kings in the top 4.

Great news for Didi, who had finally stayed healthy enough to play himself into form. Not so great for the Kings as that makes 4 starters we've lost so far this season, but I'll be following Didi along in the NBA also and hope he sticks.

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Given that he is a next star player I don't think he can be replaced?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No great loss. Quite possibly the most overrated player in the league. You can paint this how you want but Adam Forde won't be losing sleep and the whole thing smells fishy.

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Bolt  
Earlier this year

Four starters you've lost? Xavier and who else?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Cooks, Martin, Vasiljevic all definite starters. Louzada had started 12 of 20 games.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Agree with kings media manager being a joke.
After Saturday's game he was pushed into the middle of the huddle, now makes sense
Kings going to struggle even more now.

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Cram  
Earlier this year

Well done to Didi. He'll get some opportunities in NO as they desperately need guard play. Hope he can stay healthy and prove himself

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Glover not a starter but was set to be a rotation player.

Sydney, Cairns, NZ and Brisbane all affected by significant roster changes.

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Gaze  
Earlier this year

Lol , teys has shown more than didi this season

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

^ hot take.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I see a few comments congratulating the Kings for being a successful stepping stone to the NBA because of the likes of Didi, Tate and Weaver. Didi was already drafted prior to joining the Kings and Weaver had been an assistant coach at two other NBA clubs prior to joining the G League.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Bowen hadn't been drafted though they developed him and of course Tate went from the lowly Belgian league to the Kings to getting a 3 year deal from Houston so you have to give them credit.

Well done to Didi too the kid couldn't even speak English when he signed with the Kings.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Sadly a lot less exciting talent on show with Didi and Cam both leaving. Hopefully back to 3 imports next season.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Perf fans so salty.
Cotton an all time NBL player,
but NOT an NBA player!

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AngusH  
Earlier this year

Yeah especially with Tassie joining the league. There are two (off the top of my head) DPs who have definitely shown they are full roster players, but depending on the next crop of Aussies coming through and which names retire this season it feels like 3 imports is a good idea next season.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Bowen hadn't been drafted though they developed him and of course Tate went from the lowly Belgian league to the Kings to getting a 3 year deal from Houston so you have to give them credit."

Both those guys already had the NBA on their radars. Bowen went from a high school all-American to a G League player via the Kings. What development did he receive?

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Suxxer Fan  
Earlier this year

#538 - Idiot. Cotton has played in the NBA. Perth fans don't want him back there for obvious reasons - perhaps not obvious to idiot above.
Good luck to Didi, hope it works out well.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Didi, Tate, Weaver - Kings getting it done for the NBL!

This is one of those occasions where you're happy to lose a good player because it’s good for them and reinforces how good the NBL is!

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Stick with two imports and next stars, most third imports have been crap, actually some of the 2nd imports are also crap. The league is better trying to develop local talent.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Are they crap or do we expect our second/third import to also be a star?

What if second import is getting paid, the 5th most salary and is the weakest of the starting 5? Or coming off the bench?

Hard to tell what the expectations are - Crocker for instance not sure what was expected of him/how much he is paid.

If you have IH, DJ and a first import as "stars" (even though first import wasn't good), then second import might not be getting much money? Maybe Crocker is delivering reasonably?

Really depends on what the expectations are. One would think there’s a fair market out there for imports of the calibre they pay for a second import, bigger than Aussie market, should in theory be able to get a bit better talent for money. With that said there’s always risk for whatever reasons whether it be limited scouting, bringing an American into an Aussie league etc where Aussies become more consistent and reliable than their import counterparts.

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Zodiac  
Earlier this year

Both those guys already had the NBA on their radars. Bowen went from a high school all-American to a G League player via the Kings. What development did he receive?


Ha no, give the Kings the respect their due for turning Tate & Bowen into NBA players. And they've done a great job developing Didi too.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Second imports, third imports require cars, accomodation plus all want reasonable salaries, normally in the top five of your players. When you add in the cost to get them here, car, lodging, they have to be good. Some this year have performed not so good.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Does Didi have a wife with pregnancy issues? ;)

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"And they've done a great job developing Didi too."

He was already drafted!!

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Perth fan.  
Earlier this year

Drafted in 2019. Clearly has been developing since then.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Well he hasn't gone backwards because he's been playing pro basketball in that time but people are making out the Kings turned him from a nobody into an NBA player.

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LoveBroker  
Earlier this year

All the best to Didi but I haven't seen enough improvement in his game this year to warrant such an elevation.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I've watched Didi live a few times this season, when he’s switched on he’s going to be a very solid nba player, gets to the rack, not scared to shoot it and plays better D than most in nba.

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Alpha  
Earlier this year

It doesn't really matter what I, you or anyone else thinks as someone from the Pelicans front office has seen enough to decide to bring him back on a multiyear deal. At least he got to play against men (not just train) which is far better than sitting on the bench in the NBA or be in G league.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

"Cotton played NBA"

By that argument

Deng Adelplayed NBA.
Same amount of games roughly

Perfffff fans are the best.

Greatest team in NBL history, and very good at developing NBL players.

NBA not so much

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No NBL team is good at developing NBA players.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

#599 well both Cotton and Adel have played more NBA games than Bowen and Louzada have so far, so not sure what your point being made is...

Tate has done well... But so has Ennis

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

My point is salty Perffff fans "Cotton should be in nba, not Didi"

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

No one said that.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Haha someone's trolling

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Silencer83  
Earlier this year

Nah anonymous, as someone said we Perth fans are greedy. We don't want him in the NBA; we want him winning championships for us XD

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Perthworld  
Earlier this year

Let's not forget Cotton got recalled to the NBA a few seasons ago and knocked it back.

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KET  
Earlier this year

Don't give in to obvious troll, this ain’t a thread about Cottons NBA capabilities. We know he capable.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Hasn't played a game yet, kings could certainly use him now.

RJ Hampton had his best game today, good move going to Orlando for him and getting game time.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Yes it was good of Hampton to get himself traded. It proves the NS program works...

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