“We Want to Win” New Coach Campbell Sets High Hopes for New Look Kings
A solid start to the season came for Edinburgh Basketball’s Kings side as they dismantled newly promoted Perth Phoenix behind a 35 point outing for ‘debutant’ Findlay Wood.
Wood, who returned to the club along with two others, got his new season, as well as Kings’ off to a flyer but couldn’t maintain the momentum as the team fell to St Mirren in a nail biter. A 1-1 start to the season for title contending Edinburgh would give first year Head Coach Paddy Campbell plenty to think about. A quick fix was in order as they sliced through Glasgow University last night, bringing Campbell’s side back to winning ways.
A good start for a new job, with little National League coaching experience, Campbell will need to rely on his years of playing to guide him through his first year. A coaching tree stemming some of the legends of the game, Mr Campbell does have a good starting stone.
Speaking on his experience,
Yeah, I think I’ve got a wealth of experience really, playing for the Kings for close to 25 years, I’ve had a lot of good coaches. I played under Danny Costello, Doug Reilly, Craig Nicol and others, I’ve taken a little bit of something from everyone. I’m hopefully trying to impart that onto the young players on the team and get them playing in a way we want them to play.
Kings this year feature a very young team indeed. Konrad Kantorski will be a leader on and off the court, barely entering his twenties. Daniel Drake-Wallace moves up from the youth system to provide valuable minutes off the bench as well as Wood, who only just left university. To go with their youth however, Kings are fortunate to have veteran big man, Simon Flockhart. With 23 years of SBC experience under his highly decorated belt, the former Scottish International will be a calming presence in the team to help guide the youngsters through a very competitive season.
Si is fantastic, I mean he’s older than me so that gives you an idea of how long he’s been around. But, yeah, he’s incredible, he gives a hundred percent every single time he steps on the court, the way he talks on defence, the way he rebounds the ball, I can’t ask for more than Simon.
Flockhart and Campbell played many seasons together,
A phenomenal team mate over the years and I’m proud to know him as a person.
As mentioned, Kings welcome some new talent back to the club, a settled team now has 3 new impact players.
Yeah, that’s [gelling 3 new players into the squad] a challenge, we’ve got some good talent coming back. But, the good thing is, they’ve played for the team before, so they’re not totally coming into a situation they’ve never been in. All these guys came up through the clubs youth system, so they’re coming back as Kings.
Welcoming former talent back to the club can always be a positive, with Campbell expressing the level of talent they have regained,
It’s always difficult to gel in new players, especially when they’re players who all will make such big impacts, like Findlay Wood, but that’s only a positive, having guys come in of that quality. We just want to harness those guys and play to the best of our abilities.
With a long season ahead, it has been widely regarded as one of the most competitive seasons ahead.
We want to win.Paddy Campbell, Edinburgh Kings
With multiple title contenders, Kings and Campbell set their targets high as they plan for a treble.
We want to win the league, we want to win the playoffs, we want to win the cup. You know, I think we’ve got the squad who can do that, we’ve got a young squad so we will need to learn some maturity. Our number one goal is to win but, we of course, want to develop the young players to the best we can.
Kings travel away to face relatively new Division One side, Edinburgh Lions in an All-Capital derby.