By Matt McQuade
In what ranks as one of the biggest signings in the history of the National Basketball League, the MightyMite Sydney Kings are proud to announce that former NBA star Josh Childress will play for the team in the 2014/2015 NBL season.
The 31 year old Childress had an excellent NBA career, playing 391 games for four clubs and earning a nod as starter in 70 of those contests, marking him as the most experienced NBA player ever to set foot on these shores.
After a stellar three year career at Stanford University, where he won the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and was named an Associated Press First Team All American, Childress was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the sixth pick of the first round in the 2004 NBA draft – the highest a Stanford player has ever been drafted.
As a rookie, Josh was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after producing 10.1 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 47% from the field and 82% from the free throw line.
He spent four highly productive seasons with the Hawks, averaging double figure points in each of those seasons.
The 203cm (6’8”) 95kg (210lb) small forward then accepted a massive offer to play in the powerful Greek league – becoming the highest-profile player to leave the NBA at that point of his career – where he starred for Euroleague club Olympiacos Piraeus.
In 2010 he was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team and led the Greek league in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game and helping his team win the Greek Cup title.
Upon his return to the NBA he played for the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets and spent time with the Washington Wizards, with his most recent stint coming with the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2013/2014 NBA season.
Josh is an outstanding athlete with a varied skill-set whose intelligence and solid character are standout traits. His NBA background, not to mention his dazzling play in both high school – when he was named a McDonald’s High School All American – and in college, stamp him as one of the most unique players the National Basketball League has ever seen.
“We’ve gone through an extremely thorough process with Josh and we have done a lot of research on him,” said MightyMite Sydney Kings Head Coach Damian Cotter.
“As this process has gone on, my conversations with him have been nothing but positive.”
“He wants to come in to the team and contribute, and he wants to be put in the best position to thrive and succeed.”
“His skills, his ability and his experience in the NBA speak for themselves. He’s 6’8” and incredibly long, and he’ll be very disruptive at the defensive end of the floor. But it’s his character, his attitude and his intelligence that are really impressive.”
Coach Cotter also paid tribute to Head of Basketball Operations Tim Hudson for his key role in making Josh Childress a Sydney King.
“When Tim came to me and the Kings’ management about the possibility of getting Josh, it’s fair to say there was a sense of disbelief in the idea from a lot of people,” Coach Cotter said.
“After all, this is a player who was a legitimate NBA star, a guy who played a big role in some quality teams, not to mention his performance in the Euroleague.”
“But through a lot of hard work and his great ability to build relationships, Tim really did a fantastic job in helping convince Josh to come to Sydney.”
Aside from his undoubted on court talent, Josh is also very active in the community, doing tremendous work through The Josh Childress Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing high school athletes the opportunity to attend university – either as a scholar or student-athlete.
Josh has a degree in sociology from Stanford and education is something he is very passionate about – yet another reason why he will be a perfect fit in the culture the Sydney Kings are committed to build.
MightyMite Sydney Kings General Manager Rod Harys hailed the announcement as an important day in the history of the organisation.
“This is unquestionably great news for not only the Kings but for basketball in Sydney as a whole,” Mr Harys said.
“Josh is exactly the kind of player and person we believe can make a difference to our team, both on and off the court.”
“He’s obviously an outstanding talent, but he’s also shown himself through his foundation and the community work he does to be someone of exceptional character.”
“For all those reasons, I know he’ll fit in very well to our club and I’m proud to welcome Josh Childress to the Sydney Kings Family.”
The addition of Josh Childress brings the Kings to nine contracted players. An announcement will be made shortly on the final player to be added to the roster.
Josh is excited to be flying to Sydney on the new Boeing 777 planes in style and comfort courtesy of corporate partner United Airlines, and will arrive in Sydney in late August to commence preseason training.
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Sydney will open their 2014/2015 NBL campaign with a blockbuster game against arch-rival Wollongong Hawks at the Qantas Credit Union Arena on Saturday 11 October. Single game tickets will be available soon.
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JOSH CHILDRESS BIO
Born: 20 June, 1983
Birthplace: Harbor City, California, USA
Height: 203cm (6’8”)
Weight: 95kg (210lb)
High School: Mayfair High School
- McDonald's High School All-American
- Averaged 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks per game as a senior
- In one three-overtime game against Long Beach Poly scored 39 points and grabbed 20 rebounds
- Named All-State and league Most Valuable Player
- Earned a silver medal as a member of the 2000 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival West Team
University: Stanford University (2001-2004)
- Associated Press First Team All American
- All-American Consensus Second Team member
- Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year
- Pac-10 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player
- Honourable Mention All Pac-10
- Honourable mention All Pac-10 freshman
- Averaged 12.3ppg, 6.8rpg & 1.1bpg over 86 games
- Received degree in Sociology
Atlanta Hawks (2004-2008)
- Sixth Pick, First Round 2004 NBA Draft
- Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team
- Played 285 games (67 starts)
- Averaged 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.0spg, 52.2% FG and 80% FT
Olympiacos Piraeus (2008-2010)
- 2010 Greek Cup Champion
- 2010 All-Euroleague Second Team
- 2010 Greek League Top Scorer
- 2010 Greek League Best Five Team
Phoenix Suns (2010-2012)
Brooklyn Nets (2012-2013)
Washington Wizards (2013/14 NBA preseason)
New Orleans Pelicans (2013-2014)
Sydney Kings (2014)
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