Davidson to Crosswell: Be ready for the Kings
MULLUMBIMBY Australian basketball representative Brad Davidson is tipping the Sydney Kings will be too good for Ballina's Nathan Crosswell's Melbourne Tigers in the NBL grand final series. Davidson, who is half way through a two-year contract with the Adelaide 36ers, yesterday said Sydney's 32-point semi-final demolition of Perth put them in good stead for the five-match series starting tomorrow night. "I've got a lot of friends in the Kings team so I'm going for them," he said. "I watched Saturday night's game (against Perth) and Melbourne better be ready to go. "Sydney were just dominant. They didn't let Perth get an open shot. "They had amazing defence and if they can keep it up and restrict Melbourne's total they are in with a good shot of getting it all done." Davidson said Sydney's reserves would also come into the equation. "Sydney are just really well prepared," he said. "Over a five-game series you've got to have a deep team ... your bench comes into it. "Sydney have only lost three games all year and they've proven that when they have people out that they can keep going. "They'll have to play five games in two weeks and I think Sydney's x younger stronger bench will be an advantage." Davidson will be watching the finals from home after a mid-season slump saw the 36ers miss the finals despite a late charge which included four wins from their last five matches. "We started off the season not too badly but then we had a few injuries and got behind the eight ball," Davidson said. "We cut our American import Mike Chappell. He had a back injury and never regained form. "He just wasn't performing and we were a bit too far behind by the time they brought in Julius Hodge. "He came really highly recommended and made a huge difference to our team. "At the end there were a lot of teams hoping we didn't make the finals because we were one of the top two or three teams over the last two months." On a personal level, the 33-year-old appears to be getting better with age as the 2007/08 season saw him post some personal bests. While he concedes he is a long-shot to make the Australian Olympic team, Davidson said he is in career-best form. "This was probably my best season ever," he said. "I had a career high in points, a near career high in assists. "I still feel pretty fit and I'd like to have another good year and see how long it lasts."