1. You selected as the first overall pick at KBL draft. How are you feeling?
It is truly an honor to be the first overall pick in the draft. I am extremely thankful on this day and I absolutely cannot wait to get the season started.
2. Did you expect the first pick selection before the draft?
I honestly did not know what to expect. This is the first draft that I have really been a factor in. During the tryout we had, there were a lot of players telling me that they thought I would be the number one pick. After playing basketball my whole life I have learned to expect anything.
3. There are lots of expectations on you because you have chosen No.1 player. Do you feel any pressure about that?
I dont really feel any pressure right now. I always work extremely hard during the offseason, and I believe in my abilities on the court. Instead of pressure I feel that this is gratification for all the hard work I have put into my game over the past couple of years.
4. Would you introduce yourself to Korean Fans?
Yes, definitely! I look forward to meeting all the Korean fans. I have heard nothing but great things. My family and I are excited to get to South Korea and enjoy this experience. I have been told that KCC has the best fans in the KBL! We will need all of their support every game!
5. As a player, what is your strong and weak point?
Well, of course I'm not going to tell you my weaknesses. Thats for my opponents to figure out. But I believe any player can improve no matter how good they are. My versatility is definitely the strength of my game; I can play inside and outside, pass and shoot well, rebound with efficiency, and defend anyone I will face down low.
6. This is your first time in Korea. There are many difficulties such as different culture, language and foods. How can you handle that?
I have played in many different places overthe course of my career. I have adjusted well to every place I have been.Everybody I have talked to that has been to Korea has loved it, so I'm sure Iwill, too!
7. What do you know about Koreanbasketball? And what is the first impression of Korean basketball?
From what I've seen and heard about Koreanbasketball the fans look very passionate, which I love. That's veryexciting. It is always so much better to play in front of fans that arecheering you on.
8. Do you know any specificAmerican player who is going to Korea this season?
I was able to watch some of the guys who weredrafted during the try out, so I have a little knowledge of who they are. Ihave also played against Rod Benson, Chris Alexander and a few other guys thatwere drafted in the NBA D League, as well.
9. Who is going to be yourbiggest rival among KBL players?
We will have to wait and see on that one. Someplayers improve over the summer and others don't. So you never know who willstep up. I am sure that I will develop some good rivalries as the season kicksoff.
10. People saying that Rod Benson whogot lots of experiences in Korea, is the best player in KBL. Do you agree? Howwill you play against Benson for the first time?
I know Rod has had a lot of success in the KBL,so the respect he gets from the media and fans is well deserved. I wouldn't beable to tell you if he is the best player in the KBL because the season hasn'tstarted yet and there are new players in the league. Rod is definitely avery talented player, though.
11. You had lots of experiences inabroad including Puerto Rico and Russia and so on. Which league was the mostcompetitive for you?
I always tell people the hardest league toplay in is the NBA D League. There are a lot of different challenges, but themain one is getting a group of ten guys that all have individual goals - to getcalled up to the NBA - to come together as a team. It is a lot harder than itlooks. I've been lucky with good teammates and great coaching, so my teams havealways been right at the top of the league. There are also a lot of guys in theD League that could easily be in the NBA. Its a very tough league.
12. How did you feel when you got aD-league of the year award in 2009?
I was very proud. It was a team effort.Without the teammates and coaches I had it wouldn't have been possible.
13. You tried to go to NBA severaltimes. But you could not play full season at there. What were difficulties tocompete with NBA players?
It isn't difficult to compete in the NBA. Ifeel like I am an NBA player, but a lot of other stuff goes into making the NBA.Two of the three teams I was on were over the salary cap and could not keep meon the roster. If they had kept me the whole year they would have had to paydouble my salary, so obviously they decided not to. Making the NBA is all abouthaving an opportunity and what you do with it. I never had a legitimateopportunity to make the NBA for the long term because I never played in gamesonce I made it up to the NBA
14. KBL has such a long season. Youhave to play 54 regular season games. Do you have a confidence with yourstamina?
Yes, I do. The NBA D League has a 50 gameseason and I have played two full seasons in that league. I have experienceplaying a lot of games in a short period of time, so I do not think that willbe an issue for me, personally.
15. A former Wolverin, DeShawn Simsplayed last season for KCC. You guys know each other?
Yes. DeShawn and I were teammates at Michiganfor a year. We hung out a little bit during the summer league but I haven'ttalk to him since I signed to KCC. I am looking forward to speaking to him andseeing what he has to say about KCC and Korean basketball, in general.
16. Hur Jae, a head coach of KCC, wasthe best Korean player ever. Now, He is one of the best coaches in KBL. How areyou feeling to play for him?
It's good to play for a coach that's beenthrough everything as a player and was successful. I'm excited to play for sucha well-respected and accomplished coach. It will be an opportunity that I willlook to take full advantage of.
17. You know, Coach Hur is a holyterror when he is angry during the game. How can you handle him?
Most of the coaches I had during my career hadthat type of intensity. It's not a problem at all. I know that when coaches getmad or angry they are just trying to make the team better. I take it as achallenge, not as an insult.
18. KCC has a great tradition with 5KBL championships. You should be very proud of that, right?
Most definitely! Hopefully our team this yearcan keep that great tradition going and get the sixth KBL championship. I amreally looking forward to getting out on the court with my teammates to try andget the sixth championship.
19. What is your personal goal forseason? For example, you can say that I am going to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game
To win a championship. I've learned throughoutmy career that individual accolades come with winning. That's the mostimportant thing. When the team is winning, everything else seems to fall intoplace. I will simply do whatever I need to in order to help KCC win as manygames as possible.
20. Would you say hello to Korean fanswho waiting for you?
Hello to all of my fans, fans of KCC and fansof the KBL! All the fans that are waiting for me can follow my daily life on Twitterand Instagram at C_Sims44. Get to know me a little bit better. I am lookingforward to introducing myself to the fans.
6th Asian University Men's Basketball Championship: Semi-Finals - 14 hours ago
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On Sep.23rd, the Semi-finals officially started. To attract more audiences and supporters, the venue was moved to Buyant Ukhaa Sport Palace, one of the largest sports halls in Mongolia, which was equipped with the latest and modern facilities. Had returned from the beautiful grassland and valleys, all the players were refreshed and more engaged into the matches. Korea vs. Kazakhstan The two countries shared some similarities. Both weren't able to send the best players here due to the nat... [read more]
On Sep.23rd, the Semi-finals officially started. To attract more audiences and supporters, the venue was moved to Buyant Ukhaa Sport Palace, one of the largest sports halls in Mongolia, which was equipped with the latest and modern facilities. Had returned from the beautiful grassland and valleys, all the players were refreshed and more engaged into the matches. Korea vs. Kazakhstan The two countries shared some similarities. Both weren't able to send the best players here due to the national championship was held at the same time. Despite of never winning a single match in the preliminary round, they didn't lose confidence, and both were extremely keen for a victory. Korea struck firstly to control the pace. Kazakhstan team was not quite used to the fast attack and was left behind badly in the first period. In the second period, Kazakh team strengthened the guard section, taking the man to man defense tactics to resolve several Korean threatening shots. At the same time, their forwards and centrals kept on scoring. No.15 Bolat delivered five 2-points, helping Kazakhstan to narrow the score gap by over 10 points at the end of first half. Realizing attack was the best defense, Korea team began their journey of frenzied counterattack. No.20 Oh Seunghyun got 5 out of 8 field goals and succeeded in scoring all the three 3-point shots. No. 30 You Jinsoo contributed 6 assists and grabbed 9 rebounds. Finally, Korea won by 83:72 and got a place to compete for the 5th place with Macau China tomorrow. Kazakhstan finished all the matches. Despite of getting no victory, they contributed so many excellent shots. Their never-giving-up spirit and sportsmanship won all the opponents' respect.
Hong Kong China vs. Mongolia With the advantage in both height and smooth cooperation, Mongolia team started the match with full energy, and apparently Hong Kong China was difficult in coping with the furious attack. Aiming to the final, Mongolia swept Hong Kong China with the score of 106:67. 4 Mongolian boys gave the double-double performance and got all the free throws in. Although losing the game, Hong Kong China team performed better in the 3-points, 'Mongolia guards are so tall and strong, we have to focus more on the shootings outside the painted area.' Hong Kong China team coach Siu Wing Ho said, 'We learnt a lot from this championship, especially when facing a tough rival. The emotion control is of crucial importance, and our players need more practice.'
Chinese Taipei vs. China In the 5th Asian University Men's Basketball Championship, Chinese Taipei was defeated by China in the final. Today, the old rivals met again. This time, Chinese Taipei totally dominated the game and revenged over China by 124:50. All Chinese Taipei starting five players got double scores, especially No.7 Po-Yu Tseng (183-G-96), who only played 19 minutes, but made 7 out of 9 balls, all free throws in, 3 assists without a single personal foul or turnout, which was an amazing record in this championship. With 3 major players injured, China team did not showed their best performance. 'We are not satisfied but we accept the result, Chinese Taipei team is really brilliant.' said team coach Lin Xiaolin. Finally Chinese Taipei paved their way to the final. 'We've been practiced intensively for the last three months and we deserve all the victories. We are confident to keep the winning steak and kiss the gold medal.' Chinese Taipei main coach Parker Charles Henry said. Tomorrow was the last day of the championship. All of the final four teams had encountered their opponents in the preliminary round, so they knew each other's advantage and disadvantage, and were better prepared than the first match. The final matches would be more fascinating. Courtesy of: ausf.org
Samsung Seoul Thunders Explodes in Victory Over Dragons - 1 day ago
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In their first return to the OCBC Arena since winning the ASEAN Basketball League, the Westports Malaysia Dragons took a defeat at the hands of the Seoul Samsung Thunders, 99-70. The winning side was led by Michael Craig (196-G/F-91, college: S.Mississippi) with 25 points and 9 rebounds. The defending ABL Champions had some familiar faces on their roster for the tournament - Kuek Tien Yuan (8 points, 5 rebounds) and Wong Yi Hou (4 points, 4 rebounds), but this was a relatively new group o... [read more]
In their first return to the OCBC Arena since winning the ASEAN Basketball League, the Westports Malaysia Dragons took a defeat at the hands of the Seoul Samsung Thunders, 99-70. The winning side was led by Michael Craig (196-G/F-91, college: S.Mississippi) with 25 points and 9 rebounds. The defending ABL Champions had some familiar faces on their roster for the tournament - Kuek Tien Yuan (8 points, 5 rebounds) and Wong Yi Hou (4 points, 4 rebounds), but this was a relatively new group of Dragons that the crowd got to see. The Seoul Samsung Thunder of the Korean Basketball League might have been slightly tired from their duel with Mighty Sports (Philippines) last night as they struggled to shake off the Malaysia squad. The Thunders would lead by only 13-11 at the 5 minute mark of the first quarter. Without last season's usual firepower of Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure), Reggie Johnson (208-C-89, college: Miami, FL, agency: Three Eye Sports), Calvin Godfrey (206-F-90, college: Memphis), and Jason Brickman, the Dragons had to turn to freshly signed import, Joel Wright (201-F-90, college: Texas St.). Fresh from a stint in the Philippine Basketball Association, Wright exploded with 13 points in the first quarter alone. The Thunders would respond with the athletic play of Craig, who matched Wright with 13 points in the quarter along with a couple of highlight reel dunks. It would be a 9 point gap for the Dragons to overcome the rest of the way, trailing 24-33 after one quarter. The Korean side continued to break away from the Dragons in the second quarter. Thunders' Coach Lee Sangmin felt comfortable enough to rest his key starters throughout the game. They would have 5 players score in double digits while 11 of the 12 players fielded got on the scoreboard. Lee Si-Jun (181-G-83) came off the bench and notched an impressive 17 points, 5 three point shots and 11 rebounds. Joel Wright scored a game-high 37 points for the Dragons in his debut. Dragons' Coach Goh Cheng Huat, however, decided to sit him on the bench for the majority of the final interval to let his Malaysian players soak in the Merlion Cup experience. Losing this game is a rough start for the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the Merlion Cup. However, they will still have a shot at making the semifinals depending on the result of their match up against Mighty Sports tomorrow (23rd September) at 6:30 PM. Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com
6th Asian University Men's Basketball Championship: 2nd Competition Day - 2 days ago
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Sep. 20th marked the second day of competition. After trainings in the morning, the first match started at 13:00 between China and Korea. China vs. Korea 80:67 It was the first match for China. Since there are only 3 teams in Group A and Korea was defeated by Hong Kong, China on Sep. 19th by 109: 71. If China won, they would get the chance to semi-final directly. China showed their determination and took the lead from the beginning. They moved very fast and made several threatening and ef... [read more]
Sep. 20th marked the second day of competition. After trainings in the morning, the first match started at 13:00 between China and Korea. China vs. Korea 80:67 It was the first match for China. Since there are only 3 teams in Group A and Korea was defeated by Hong Kong, China on Sep. 19th by 109: 71. If China won, they would get the chance to semi-final directly. China showed their determination and took the lead from the beginning. They moved very fast and made several threatening and effective breaks. What's more, they successfully blocked Korea Player No. 6's (who almost contributed half points in the last match) offenses and lowered his field goal. On the other hand, Korea kept with China and fought very hard in the last two periods and gained 28 points in the 4th period while China got only 12. However, the lap was too big and China did not leave the chance for Korea to catch up. Finally, China defeated Korea by 80:67.
Macau, China vs. Kazakhstan 111:41 Although lost to Chinese Taipei in the previous day, Macau China swept the bad mood and did a wonderful job in this competition. They adjusted the strategy by strengthening the defense, forcing the opponents to make more fouls and fast breaking the opponents' defense. Obviously, No. 34 from Macau China was really MVP of the game who contributed most 23 points, followed by No. 93, who contributed 20 points. Finally, Macau won and stopped the points by 111: 41.
Mongolia vs. Chinese Taipei 84:90 At 18:00, right after the celebration for the International Day of University Sports (IDUS), the last match between the host country Mongolia and Chinese Taipei began. The competition between the two teams draw lot of attention and the stadium was full of audience. Throughout the four periods, the two teams kept in with each other. Mongolia was tough and player No. 6 was good at fast break and contributed 19 points within 32 minutes. But in the last two periods, Mongolia made several fouls and gave Chinese Taipei more chances to organize offences. What's more, Chinese Taipei got a better three-point shot percentage by 40% while Mongolia only 26%. Finally the scores ended at 84:90, and Chinese Taipei won. Courtesy of: ausf.org
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