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.
South Korean boost for Merlion Cup - 17 days ago
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It was a tough and lengthy negotiation process, but the Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) eventually pulled off a major coup as they secured the participation of two-time Korean Basketball League (KBL) champions, the Seoul Samsung Thunders, for the upcoming Merlion Cup tournament. The inclusion of the Thunders completes the six-team line-up for the competition, which will run from September 21-25 at the OCBC Arena [read more]
It was a tough and lengthy negotiation process, but the Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) eventually pulled off a major coup as they secured the participation of two-time Korean Basketball League (KBL) champions, the Seoul Samsung Thunders, for the upcoming Merlion Cup tournament. The inclusion of the Thunders completes the six-team line-up for the competition, which will run from September 21-25 at the OCBC Arena. The other five teams involved are Philippines outfit Mighty Sports, Taiwan's Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor, Yao Ming-owned Chinese side the Shanghai Sharks, ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions the Malaysian Dragons, as well as local representatives the Singapore Slingers. With the Thunders, who won the KBL title in 2001 and 2006, now on board, BAS honorary secretary Ong Swee Teck believes there will be an intense battle for the Cup - which is returning after a 20 year hiatus - as the playing standards of the competition have gone up a notch. 'The Thunders have proven themselves to be consistently among the top-five clubs in Korea,' said Ong. 'They're a very strong team and we are very excited that they agreed to participate in the Merlion Cup, because they will definitely raise the level of the competition. 'But it wasn't easy to get them here, and (discussions) were touch-and-go. They wanted to take part in a competitive tournament as a warm-up for their own professional league in Korea, which begins in October. So we had to convince them of the prestige of the Cup, as well as the quality of the rest of the participating teams.' Ong added that he hoped with the line-up of teams now finalised, more sponsors would be enticed to come on board to support the Cup, and fans would turn up in droves for the matches. This would help to offset the costs of organising the tournament, which is estimated to be around S$500,000. At present, even with the contributions from Sport Singapore and sponsors, as well as expected ticket sales, the BAS are projecting that this event could net them a loss of some S$50,000 to S$100,000. 'Unfortunately, sponsorship for this event has not been that forthcoming,' revealed Ong. 'A lot of companies we've spoken to are still adopting a wait-and-see approach because this is the first time in 20 years that the tournament is being organised. 'But we will try to get more sponsors, while also negotiating for bigger contributions from our existing ones in order to help with the costs. Despite all this, we're still very determined to go on with the tournament. 'So hopefully, the fans will show their support for the event and if we can sell out the stadium for some of the group matches and the knockout stages, that would help us greatly in terms of finances. However, we will still ensure that ticket prices will be affordable, because our main aim is to stoke the fans' passion for the sport and the tournament.' The tournament format will see the six teams be drawn into two groups of three, with the top two teams from each group then progressing to the semi-finals. Given the high standard of teams they will be facing in the tournament, Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang has set his team a modest target of advancing from the group stages. 'All the teams involved are very strong, so it'll be very challenging for us,' explained Neo. 'So our target is to try to get ourselves in the top four. Overall, the tournament will help our players progress and develop as they will be playing at a high level, which will be important for us as we get ready for the upcoming ABL season in November.' Courtesy of: todayonline.com
KCC Egis sign Leo Lyons, ex San German - 24 days ago
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KCC Egis (KBL) signed 29-year old American forward Leo Lyons (206-115kg-87, college: Missouri). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in March. In three games he had 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. The last season Lyons played at Mobis Phoebus where in 5 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. The l... [read more]
KCC Egis (KBL) signed 29-year old American forward Leo Lyons (206-115kg-87, college: Missouri). He played this summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league, but left the team in March. In three games he had 5.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. The last season Lyons played at Mobis Phoebus where in 5 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.0ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lyons won Ukrainian Superleague championship title in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team in 2015. Lyons represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) five years ago. He is quite experienced player. Lyons has played in six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Jerusalem), Russia (BC Nizhny Novgorod), Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka), Ukraine (Budivelnyk), South Korea (Samsung Thunders and Goyang Orions) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and Austin Spurs). Lyons attended University of Missouri until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
Taiwan beaten to second in Sinjhuang - 27 days ago
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South Korea outplayed Taiwan A for a 67-57 win to grab second place in the last game of 38th William Jones Cup last night, while the junior Taiwan side were outclassed by the top side. The Taiwan A result gave South Korea a 6-2 record, while the host's top team dropped to fourth with a 5-3 record, the same as Iran. Fans packed the Sinjhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City for the fourth game of the day, but saw South Korea take a 32-26 lead at halftime. Taiwan battled back and came within th... [read more]
South Korea outplayed Taiwan A for a 67-57 win to grab second place in the last game of 38th William Jones Cup last night, while the junior Taiwan side were outclassed by the top side. The Taiwan A result gave South Korea a 6-2 record, while the host's top team dropped to fourth with a 5-3 record, the same as Iran. Fans packed the Sinjhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City for the fourth game of the day, but saw South Korea take a 32-26 lead at halftime. Taiwan battled back and came within three points at one stage in the third quarter. However, the visitors made the most of their field goals and ran end-to-end in fast breaks to maintain a double-digit lead throughout the fourth to claim a hard-earned win. 'The South Koreans deserved this win; all credit to their good teamwork,' Taiwan A head coach Yan Jia-hua said in a post-game interview. 'They got the better of us with their quick pace and took their scoring chances well. We made more mistakes and our shooting was not up to par in this game.' 'Some of our younger players got agitated and nervous when trailing,' Yan said. 'That made them more error-prone.' 'I hope they can gain good experience from this international tournament and make improvements from it,' he said. Iran, winners last year, took third after rolling past India 71-56 in the first game. Edging ahead by only one point, 32-31, at halftime, Iran's offense opened up their aerial attack and widened the lead down the stretch. Shooting guard Behnam Yakhchali (197-SG-95) and center Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88, agency: Three Eye Sports) took charge in the second half. Yakhchali ended up with 15 points and six rebounds, while Arghavan had 10 points and nine rebounds. Two other Iran players had double-digit games. Accuracy from outside tipped the advantage to Iran, as they made 10 three-pointers. Overall, Iran shot 60 percent for field goals, compared with 46 percent for India. India captain Amritpal Singh (207-F-91) top scored among both squads with 22 points and added nine rebounds for a fine display, but his team still fell to their seventh defeat, finishing last with a 1-7 record. US-Sacramento State (sixth) pounded Japan (fifth) 71-51 in the second afternoon encounter. That outcome left both sides, along with Egypt (seventh), with 3-5 records. Starting forward Justin Strings had a breakout game for the US-based side, posting a game-high 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Japan were only behind by six points at 23-29 at the end of the first half, but the bigger and more physical US players solidified their defense and made forays into the lane to pull away in the second half for a 20-point margin of victory. Japan forward Akanobu Nishikawa made three of five three-pointers and was top scorer for his team's with 14 points. Taiwanese teenager Jeff Wu (188-G), who is attending California State University, Sacramento, was shadowed by his opponents and only got four points in just over 12 minutes of game time. In the third game, Philippines-Mighty Sports showed their class as they finished the competition undefeated, trouncing Taiwan B 104-80. Having already clinched the title the previous day, the Philippines did not go easy on Taiwan's junior national side, who are preparing for next year's Summer Universiade. The visitors were too much for Taiwan B, crossing the century mark for the second time this tournament. The starting five for the Philippines posted double digits, with the exception of Filipino-American point guard Jason Brickman (181-PG-91, college: LIU Brooklyn), who netted eight. Courtesy of: taipeitimes.com
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