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Blake Happy To Play Behind Cadee

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The Sydney Kings welcomed their newest import today, former NBA guard Steve Blake.

Blake is the 2nd former NBA player to sign with the Kings this seasons, joining former Lakers team mate and NBA champion Josh Powell.

Since the announcement of the signing a lot of NBL fans (including us) have voiced their concern about Cadee’s role being diminished in order to make way for the former NBA guard. However head coach Andrew Gaze made it known today that he does not see it that way.

“I think that will evolve. We’re still building a relationship, learning about Steve (Blake). He’s still learning about us and that will all pan out in due course.

We’re very fortunate right now in the team that we’ve got that we have two outstanding guys in the guard spots right now who have performed extraordinarily well, last season MVP in Kevin Lisch who’s had an outstanding start to the season, and Jason Cadee who I think is an Olympian in the making.”

Gaze also said he think’s Cadee has a solid future in a Boomers uniform and he won’t stand in the way..

“I think he has the potential to play for Australia and that’s the path he’s on. We certainly don’t want to inhibit that. I think the beauty in getting someone like Steve is just the versatility that’s there and it’s not about the ego. “

Steve Blake said he does not care if he comes off the bench or starts and that playing for the Kings is all about winning for him.

“Yeah that’s completely fine with me (coming off the bench). I’ve kind of been a role player throughout my career, I’ve started some, I’ve come off the bench. Like coach said, it’s all about the team and winning.

Some of the games I’ve watched since I’ve signed here, Jason and Kevin are playing great, I’m here to compliment them and how they play, so whether starting or coming off the bench that’s not a big deal to me.”

Blake will make his NBL debut this weekend at home against the tough Brisbane Bullets, who have also picked up a couple new development players in dunk king Wang and Ton Yan Peng.

 

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15 comments
Grant Carney
Grant Carney

Maybe cadee will spend some time at 3??? His form is too good to lose court time but they would be paying Blake too much not to be getting court time

Jordan Barry
Jordan Barry

I think against too many teams the opposing 3 man would just take him too the block every time with cadee being small at that position

Grant Carney
Grant Carney

quite possibly, but if they play some zone with Powell and Whittington in the paint could work for a while

Cody Pound
Cody Pound

Cadee should continue to start, he has been excellent this season and on current form is the best Aussie point guard not in the NBA. If he improves his defensive game, he will be a Boomer in Tokyo

Tim Henderson
Tim Henderson

Blake will end up with more court time then cadee

And The Foul.net
And The Foul.net

I'd be more inclined to have Blake starting with Cadee 6th man playing 27-30min a game

Josh Bourke
Josh Bourke

Hayden Matthew 2 legends & steve blake

Matthew Bourke
Matthew Bourke

The kings should wear as a tribute to the great man .....

Mick Hendricks
Mick Hendricks

I wonder what he thought when he had to travel 30-40 mins out of Sydney to train at Bankstown.. \U0001f633