Sydney's Kevin Lisch shoots during the Australian Basketball Challenge match between the Kings and the Perth Wildcats at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in September.
Sydney's Kevin Lisch shoots during the Australian Basketball Challenge match between the Kings and the Perth Wildcats at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in September. Chris Hyde

Kings hope new coach and star signing can revive club

BASKETBALL: Last season's NBL flops, the Sydney Kings, take on the born-again Brisbane Bullets tonight in Sydney confident their star recruit Kevin Lisch can reproduce his 2015-16 MVP form.

The Bullets, playing in their first NBL game since disbanding in 2008, had a come-from-behind 72-65 win over the Perth Wildcats in Brisbane on Thursday night with American imports Jermaine Beal and Torrey Craig leading the way.

Lisch won't be able to bask in his 19.4 points per game glories with Wollongong with the rebuilding Kings.

Sydney hasn't been to the post-season since returning from a two-year exile from the game six seasons ago.

But with new ownership, coach and home court, Lisch said there was plenty of reason for optimism in 2016-17.

"You're pretty much starting from scratch,” he said.

"The more we can just bring in a good attitude, put in a good culture right from the beginning, I think that really helps a lot of things because a lot of teams are talented.”

New coach Andrew Gaze says there is no reason why the Kings cannot put the disappointment of the past few years behind them and challenge for the championship.

"We absolutely make no qualms about the fact that our goal is to win the NBL title,” he said this week.

"Hopefully we can do it this season but if not, over the next period of time, we can put together a program that can attract players, that gets the fan base and sponsorship base, that gives us a chance not just to win it one year, but to be consistently contending for a title.”



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