Childress a shoe-in to be a Kings star

FORWARD Josh Childress has been described as the best-performed American to play in the NBL and with almost 400 NBA games it's hard to argue.

The 31-year-old (pictured) has an entire room of his US home filled with 800 pairs of shoes collected during his playing days with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn and New Orleans and now he is collecting more in the Harbour City as the Sydney Kings' new on-court star.

He will step out in his latest pair of shoes in Sydney's opening game of the NBL season against Wollongong on Saturday night with fans expecting big things from Childress, who has been playing in Greece.

Childress wasn't seen in the recent Blitz pre-season tournament in Brisbane, won by Townsville, but the mail is he can go.

As well as Childress making his debut, the match-up of Sydney's Kendrick Perry against Hawk Jahii Carson - two lightning-quick college point guards - will be a highlight.

In other matches, Melbourne United will clash with a talented Cairns outfit, with the franchise formally known as the Tigers unveiling NBA draftee Jordan McRae, who comes with some good raps.

Blitz winner Townsville will host last year's grand final losers Adelaide 36ers, who won't have point guard Gary Ervin after he defected to Wollongong, the club where he burst on to the NBL scene in 2010 taking out the league's MVP award.

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