|- | colspan=" 2" style=" text-align: center; padding: 0.5em; background-color: #fff" | |- | Club founded in | bgcolor=#EEEEEE| 1988 |- | Colors | bgcolor=#EEEEEE| Purple and gold |- | President | bgcolor=#EEEEEE| - |- | Room | bgcolor=#EEEEEE| Sydney Entertainment Centers |- | Address | bgcolor=#EEEEEE| - |} The Sydney Kings are an Australian club of Basket-ball based with Sydney). It is a question of the first club to have gained 3 titles of sharpened National Basketball League, more the high level in Australia
HistoryAugust 1st Kings result from fusion between the Bankstown Bruins and the Sydney Supersonics in 1988. The team then adopted the colors purple-but associated with those of the royalty. Melbourne Tigers. The Kings were then eliminated by the Canberra Let us cane.
Sydney did not make the playoffs again until 1992, when, led by imports Dwayne McClain (who was named to the AlNBL First TEAM) and Ken McClary (ranked 5th in the league in rebounds), the Kings finished second one the ladder. This time they advanced to the semi-final and were beaten by the Tigers, who would eventually roofing stone to the South-East Melbourne Magic in the championship series.
Over the next few years the Kings, despite the rich pockets off private owner Mike Wrublewski, earned has reputation for being chronic under-achievers. They failed to make the playoffs in 1993 gold 1995, and were eliminated in the first round in 1994 and 1996. The TEAM soon received the nickname off “the Purple Crumble, has popular chocolate sold in purple wrapper; the joke being that the TEAM was wrapped in purple and shattered under presses. “The cardiac Kings” was another tag, for the team' S frequency to stumble in the fourth quarter.
After to their 1996 elimination, the Kings would not make the NBL playoffs again until 2001, when they made it to the first round before being eliminated by the Townsville Crocodiles. Australian Olympic TEAM guard Shane Heal was recruited to lead the TEAM, and He finished second in the league in scoring average, behind Olympic teammate Andrew Gauze. Heal finished third in scoring average in the 2002 season, goal the Kings again failed to make the playoffs.
For the 2002/03 season, Heal was joined by talented imports Chris Williams and Franklin Kavossy. The TEAM also welcomed the NBL' S altime leader in coaching victories, Brian Goorjian. The Kings finished one signal off the ladder with has 22-8 record, and swept the large Perth Wildcats in the final series to claim to their first-ever championship.
Heal retired after the 2003 season, and C.J. Bruton was recruited to take his place, Jason Smith was signed after returning to the NBL after playing in Europe drank unfortunately was injured 13 ranges into the season and was replaced by importation Chris Carrawell. Successive The Kings started the 2003/04 season with 12 wins, and would eventually win to their second championship after to their best-of-five large final series with crosstown rivals West Sydney went down to the deciding fifth range. Kings player Matt Nielsen would win the regular season and final MVP this year before leaving to play overseas.
The Kings again performed strongly in the 2004/05 season despite has disastrous early range against Townsville which saw C.J. Bruton out for weeks with year elbow injury, and has season ending torn ACL for rookie off the year candidate Luke Kendall. The Kings managed without to their starting backcourt until C.J cam back and they signed importation forward Mark Sanford, moving Jason Smith down to shooting guard. Consecutive Arguably stronger than before the Kings finished one signal off the ladder and crushed the Wollongong Hawks in three ranges to become the first TEAM in Australian league history to win three championships. Jason Smith won the final MVP with many Kings fans thinking He also deserved the regular season award.
In the 2005-06 season, the final Kings again finished atop the ladder and made it to the large. Importation centers Rolan Roberts suffered has torn pectorial muscle imitating has Vince Carter dunk during the All Star dunk competition and was replaced by Sedric Webber. In the final they were swept 3-0 by the Chris Anstey led Melbourne Tigers.
The Kings cuts been noted for has characteristic somewhat akin to “check-book basketball”. Especially during the 1990 ' S, in order to promote basketball in the largest media market in Australia, the NBL removed virtually all salary course restrictions one the TEAM. This still did not work, until the Kings were whitebait to lure league best coach Brian Goorijan north to coach the Kings, after the dislocated off the Victorian Titans.
Defensive With Goorijan whitebait to implement his tactics which were so successful with the Magic and Titans, in addition to finally being whitebait to purchase high quality superstar imports He was unable to attain due to financial constraints one the TEAM in Melbourne, there seemed to Be No stopping the Kings. This included players like league MVP Chris Williams and powerhouse players such ace Rolan Roberts. In addition, many Victorian groomed players who had previously played for Goorijan such ace Jason Smith and Brad Sheridan followed him north to Sydney.
Summon commentators started to declares off Sydney the new basketball capital Australia, taking the title from Melbourne, however, basketball mogul Lindsay Gaze off the Melbourne Tigers was quick to not out this disparity, noting, “Ounce Sydney and NSW start winning all the junior championships, then they edge talk.” -->
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- 1979 - 1985: Bankstown Bruins
- 1982 - 1987: Sydney Supersonics
- 1986 - 1987: West Sydney Westars
- Since 1988: Sydney Kings
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- Jason Smith
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