Powell shows touch of class

Josh Powell had 14 points and six rebounds against the Hawks on Thursday

Josh Powell had 14 points and six rebounds against the Hawks on Thursday

SYDNEY coach Andrew Gaze is excited by what new import Josh Powell can bring to the Kings this season after the two-time NBA champion did a number on the Hawks inside on Thursday night.

Barely 48 hours after arriving in Australia, Powell had 10 of his 14 points in a telling third quarter cameo that put the Kings out to a nine-point lead at the final break. 

The 33-year-old ended up fouling out of the match but the damage was done with the Kings holding on for their first win of the season.

“I’ll think we’ll get a lot better once Josh has had more than one and half hours of practice,” Gaze said.

“He’s got a vast experience and he can play the game. Once he gets a bit better understanding of our system we can utilise his talents even more but I think both Kevin [Lisch] and Jason [Cadee] and all the guys got him in situations where he could be good down low. 

“He had a couple of gimmes but some of that turnaround stuff with his size and bulk...you can see why he’s played at the highest level.”

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