Sunday, December 18, 2011

Khazzouh lines up NBA chance

By Mark Hides

Updated December 14, 2011 18:22:19

Sydney Kings star Julian Khazzouh takes his first steps towards realising his NBA dream when he attends a training session with Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Khazzouh hopes to become the second Australian playing in the world's best basketball league when it tips off this month, joining Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut.

The 209-centimetre centre's performance in Saturday's preseason game against Sacremento is likely to determine whether he makes the Oakland-based franchise's roster.

Khazzouh's agent Daniel Moldovan admitted he has been surprised by the interest in his client this year, especially after the owners' lockout left a shortened preseason.

"Hopefully Julian will step in and get some decent minutes in the game against Sacramento," Moldovan said.

"I think after that we'll have an idea if they want to keep him this year or bring him back next year with a full off-season under his belt.

"We originally thought that next year would be a good time to give the NBA a really solid shake.

"But obviously we were pleasantly surprised to know that numerous teams were interested in having a look at him now, with Golden State being the best fit given they definitely are a little bit thin in the front line."

If Khazzouh is brought on board by the Warriors he could make his NBA debut away to Los Angeles Clippers when the season begins on Christmas Day.

Tags: nbl, basketball, sport, sydney-2000, nsw, australia

First posted December 14, 2011 11:33:48

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