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Bolden brings Kings magic to Maccabi

Posted: 05-Apr-2011 by Maccabi NSW

Bruce Bolden might have swapped a Sydney Kings singlet for a Maccabi Kings Guernsey in his basketball retirement, but the National Basketball League legend is glad his mate Brad Rosen brought him over to help out Maccabi basketball.

“My (professional) playing days are over but I do get enjoyment in getting guys that I’m involved with to improve,” enthused Bolden, in his booming American voice.

“I’m noticing their improvement – and when we get into the play-offs, or grand final as we did once, it’s very rewarding from a point of view of seeing how they respond to it.

“At the same time, (playing with Maccabi) still does bring out the competitive juices!”

Bolden, who was a star at the Kings during their glory days in the 1990’s, said he didn’t know what to expect at Maccabi, but from his stint so far believes the club is heading in the right direction.

“I came with an open mind – all I knew was the Premier League team weren’t having a whole lot of success up at Alexandria, but just needed some structure,” Bolden added.

“We started with the basics and were confident things would improve.

“They did and the players have got really better working as a group.”

Bolden thanked Michael America and Archie Platt for their efforts at the club, and insists the plan going forward needs to focus on the seamless transition from juniors to seniors.

“We want to continue on improving from junior level all the way to senior level so the club grows.

“We need to continue to move forward and continue to inspire the young ones to be part of the club.

“Moving forward, winning grand finals in the Monday night comp would be the reward for all the effort from the board and players’ point of view.”

As for his beloved Kings, Bolden said it was “very strange” not having a team in Sydney to take his kids to watch last season, but if the club can build on the second half of the 2010-2011 season, “we’re gonna have the Kingdome rocking even more”.

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