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    Default Indian basketball player Amritpal Singh invited to join Sydney Kings in China

    Indian basketball player Amritpal Singh has been formally invited to join the Sydney Kings for a tournament in China, known as the Atlas Challenge 2017. The Atlas Challenge consists of 8 teams from various countries, and will be played from 16th to 25th July in the city of Suzhou, which is 100 km from Shanghai. In a statement, the Kings said that they were approaching the tournament as an opportunity to evaluate prospective players, who may make their roster at a later stage.

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    Default Sydney Kings invited to Atlas Challenge in China, will trial several free agents

    The Sydney Kings will become the latest NBL side to compete internationally after accepting an offer to play in the Atlas Challenge in China next month.

    The Kings, coached by Andrew Gaze, will play against national teams from China, Iran, Ukraine and Belarus plus invitational sides from Lithuania and the United States.

    In the Kings invitational side will be Victorian forward Dane Pineau, who has signed with the club for next season, plus former NBL rookie of the year Anatoly Bose and Indian national team big man Amritpal Singh.

    The Kings will be assessing players for roster spots and if they were to sign Singh he would become the first Indian to play in the NBL.

    Gaze will complete his assistant coaching duties with the Indiana Pacers' summer league side before joining the Kings in Suzhou for the tournament which runs from July 17-23.

    The Kings will be the third NBL side to play against one of China's two national squads with Melbourne United and Brisbane Bullets also playing against China, in Australia, in July.

    Kings managing director Jeff van Groningen said the tournament was a special opportunity for the club.

    "We are part of the international fraternity and that's important to us so we were humbled to receive the invitation," van Groningen said.

    "China is a big part of our international agenda and we mirror the NBL in that respect and building those bridges. This is a fantastic way to do that in this high-level tournament."

    The Kings have four rosters spots available for next season so welcomed the games to test out potential signings.

    The inclusion of Bose and Singh will catch the attention of NBL fans with Bose winning the NBL rookie of the year in 2011-2012.

    Bose has passports for Australia and Kazakhstan and has been playing for BC Astana.

    "Last time he was here he won rookie of the year. But since then he has kicked around in some pretty decent level competitions like the VTB [Russian league]," van Groningen said.

    "We just don't have a contemporary understanding of where he is at, so we are grateful he accepted our invitation."

    Singh was one of the stars at the NBA Combine in Melbourne earlier this year and he also played well at the Kings' rookie camp.

    "The NBL is very keen to build bridges in India and he played very well in our rookie camp," van Groningen said.

    "He was on the level with all our development players and he was maybe better than that. We just need to see more of him."

    Ballarat Miners guard Peter Hooley, Nicholls State centre Liam Thomas and Hobart Chargers guard Mathiang Muo are being considered as potential Kings signings.

    Emerging Australian star Will McDowell-White played with the Kings last season but is still believed to be keen on playing US college basketball later this year.

    The Kings have named 10 players for the trip but may add another before the tournament begins.

    Sydney Kings invitational side:

    Anatoly Bose, Sam Daly, Peter Hooley, Obi Kyei, Mathiang Muo, Dane Pineau, Derek Raivio, Amritpal Singh, Liam Thomas, Adam Thoseby.
    Last edited by lemo; 07-10-2017 at 01:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roofman View Post
    I didn't see the game and congratulations on winning because I didn't want to sound too negative to this achievement. Assuming this Chinese team competes in the FIBA Asia Cup, it would need to improve a lot as this 'All-Australian' team literally had two practices before playing. In addition, the common theme of home town refereeing was everywhere in the Australian basketball media, a common theme for visiting overseas teams from anywhere. See this article.
    I want to know what the Australian media are writing after the game today where the Melbourne United team defeated China Blue at home 104-94, with the home team shooting 56 free throws, and the refs fouling out 8 (of 12 available) Chinese players?

    But of course, it's because Chinese have no sportsmanship.

    By the way, this Melbourne United team (with ex-NBA player David Andersen) defeated Quincy Davis-led Chinese Taipei NT 2 weeks ago 111-74, so China Blue's performance is respectable in comparison. Guo Ailun and Zhou Peng did not travel to Australia, so Li Gen is currently the only ex-NT player on this team.
    Last edited by sinobball; 07-16-2017 at 08:57 AM.
    aim low, score high

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