Sydney Kings has made a history by becoming the first NBL club to sign a Chinese-born player.
Shenzen Leopards player Bo Liu will join the Kings for the 2016/17 season as a development player.
“The Sydney Kings welcome Bo Liu to our organisation,” Kings’ managing director, Jeff Van Groningen said.
“Working with the Shenzen Leopards has been fantastic — basketball provides a unifying force between organisations and indeed nations.”
“I think it can strengthen the NBL in a number of ways: one is talent, the opportunity to bring in new talent, but also to tap into the resources that China has,” Kings’ head coach, Andrew Gaze said.
Gaze has spent time with Liu for the past six months. “He’s a high-energy guy, runs the floor really well and is super aggressive on the defensive end,” Gaze said.
Liu said he was excited to work with Gaze. “[He’s an] icon of Australia, I was really happy that I was the one selected to come to Australia to play for him,” Liu said. “He’s very strict. But off court he makes funny jokes talks about everything… That type of personality is something different to the type of coaches I’ve so far had in China.”
For the team’s first game in 2016/17 season, Sydney Kings will be playing against Brisbane Bullets on October 8.