Representatives from the New South Wales combined basketball team received some inspiration from Sydney Kings' assistant coach Ben Knight in mid November.
New South Wales team coach Army Captain Peter Liston said the team met with Sydney Kings’ players to talk tactics before the Australian Defence Force Basketball Association National Tournament being held at RAAF Base Laverton from 27 November to 6 December.
“The meeting was a great opportunity for Defence players to mingle with Kings players and shoot a few hoops,” he said.
“Ben addressed the team on the level of commitment required to win championships.
“Having a championship player like him address the players on the dedication and team values required to win is just what our team needs as New South Wales men’s and women’s teams look to win their first championships in more than five years.”
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Scott Bailey, of HMAS Success, said the preparation the Kings put into every game was a real eye-opener.
“It was a great opportunity to meet a group of players who love what they do for a living,” he said.
Captain Liston said the Sydney Kings were also supporting Defence family members with an invitation to the last ever game on 13 December at the Sydney Entertainment Centre before it’s demolished.
“The game is a double-header with the Sydney Flames women’s team playing in the lead-up game,” he said.
Tickets are available through the Ticketek site and Defence members should use the code word ‘Defence’ to access the reserved seating area.
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Libraray at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20153276.