December 24, 2006

Article at Chris on Authory

Goorjian aware Kings' title hopes fading

The Sydney Kings championship hopes are quickly fading due to the lack of quality big men, but it’s something coach Brian Goorjian is acutely aware of.

Goorjian will also consider changing up the roster’s big men, with import Rodney Eliott failing to deliver and time running out to fix things.

“We’ve got no interior presence and are getting nothing around the basket and it affects our three-point shooting. Our interior game is an issue and has become a problem against the top teams,” said Goorjian.

“We’ve been talking about it for two weeks and we have three more games close together, but after that we will sit down and look at how to go about. Right now you would have to say we need something inside to help this team out.”

After starting off the season in great form and scoring freely, Sydney has come to a half, most notably last week scoring 67 against Melbourne.

“We struggle to score, there’s no doubt about it. Rodney has not been able to get it done from an offensive standpoint and Ed (Scott) is a distributor,” he said.

“We were the highest scoring team after the first seven games and are now the lowest scoring team. We need to get an interior presence in there or we are not going to beat the likes of Perth and Melbourne.”

Wildcats coach Scott Fisher has the opposite problem; with new recruit Damien Ryan starring in his first match with the club.

“He was great first up. He has worked hard since the day he got here and he has picked up our system really quick,” said Fisher.

“It was almost like he’s been here for two months, not a week. He’s a smart player, can make something out of nothing and it’s exciting for us.”

Fisher was delighted with the performance of the team; even contribution with seven players scoring well and with the buffer it gives them on the ladder. Fisher is confident his team is capable of winning the championship.

“That was the most important game of the year and gives us a nice buffer over the Sydney Kings and it’s a great feeling. We’ve talked about the need for depth and to get something off the bench and the last three games it has worked out great,” he said.

“We got contributions from everybody and when we get seven guys getting 12 or more points, we will win. Our enthusiasm, energy and communication is pretty good right now. We’ve got great depth now and we are going to be there and have a say in who wins this thing.”