After a rocky start to the season, Sydney Kings fans can breath a little easier for a week after the Kings went 2-0 on their round 4 road trip, something even the biggest Kings fan wouldn’t have picked. But Kings fans are starting to believe in this new team, the Kings post Khazzouh era, and it’s all thanks to Shane Heal doing what he did when he played, not being afraid to fail, not being afraid to take a chance..
Kings faithful are starting to see what Shane Heal saw when he recruited the 5 foot 9 blur, Corin Henry. He’s one of the shortest imports to have ever played in the NBL, but what he lacks in height, he makes up for with heart, worth ethic and basketball IQ. And this is why Shane and Sydney fans love him.. Heal recently talked about what makes Corin so special..
For the fans and for the kids coming to the game to see someone who’s 5″9 and for so many kids like myself (who was told) you’re too small, you won’t make it, i think it’s pretty inspiring to have somebody like that to have that effort and has continually tried to get better in his career and i think a lot of fans are going to continue to come out and watch him play in Sydney and also when we’re out on the road because you don’t know what’s going to happen. – Shane Heal
Heal also said this about Henry..
… he’s just turned 24 he’s got so much upside but he loves the game, he listens, he wants to get so much better all the time and you only have to speak to him and you get the feeling like he could be a good player in this league for a long time. – Shane Heal
Henry is currently averaging 14.6ppg (second on the team), 3.4apg (leading the team), 3.8rpg and 1.6spg (leading the team). But perhaps the most important thing he brings to the Kings is energy and excitement, something Sydney haven’t had since the days of Dontaye Draper and Jason Smith.
The Kings currently sit 4th on the ladder with a 3-2 record, next round they play defending champions the NZ Breakers followed by a stacked Adelaide 36ers.