NBA champ arrives in Sydney for NBL
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Two-time NBA champion Josh Powell has arrived in Sydney and has immediate plans to help the struggling Kings return to their glory days in the NBL.
A member of the Los Angeles Lakers' 2008-10 title-winning teams, Powell met his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday and isn't afraid to preach success.
The Kings haven't reached the finals in six campaigns and got this season off to a disappointing start after being outplayed by Brisbane in their opener last weekend.
However that was of no concern to the 33-year-old Powell.
"That is the plan, to strive for greatness," Powell said.
"If I said anything differently, I would think it's time for me to go home. That's the best way to look at it. I want to come here, I want to be a part of something special.
"I've been a winner my whole career. I've been a winner my whole life - I've had things I've had to deal with and overcome. I look forward to it."
Powell will have one training session on Wednesday before being thrown in the deep end against Illawarra in Wollongong on Thursday.
Coach Andrew Gaze said the team will need Powell to fire as soon as possible after his men were exposed without injured star Julian Khazzouh in their season-opening loss to Brisbane.
The Kings were out-rebounded 44-30 by the Bullets in what Gaze claimed was a concerning theme early in their campaign, including the pre-season.
"I'm hoping he's an unbelievable rebounder, someone that can give us a scoring presence inside and, most importantly, complement what we already have," he said.
"Rebounding's been an area that we've been really deficient in and unfortunately Julian Khazzouh's situation being out, and a little bit of uncertainty about how long he'll be out for, we had to find a replacement pretty quickly."
Powell, who put up 26 points and 18 rebounds in his last stop in China earlier this year, said his playing experience in seven different countries would help him adapt quickly to the NBL.
"I think that's one of the good things about me and what I can bring to the table - just being a part of different things and different situations," he said.
"When I was in Puerto Rico and China, I had more of a scoring demand as well as rebounding and defending. But I've been in other places like when I went to Argentina, not so much. I had to adjust to that.
"So the game is all about adjustments. I'm here to be a part of something special, not cause problems and be a headache."