NBL: Two-time NBA champion arrives in Sydney eyeing another title

Josh Powell of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to the referee for a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo / Getty Images
Josh Powell of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to the referee for a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo / Getty Images

Two-time NBA champion Josh Powell has arrived in Sydney and is already preaching success.

The championship-winning LA Laker (2009-2010) met his NBL coach and teammates for the first time at Qudos Bank Arena on Tuesday and isn't afraid to reach for an elusive title.

"That is the plan, to strive for greatness," said 33-year-old Powell on Tuesday.

"If I said anything differently, I would think it's time for me to go home. That's the best way to look at it. I want to come here, I want to be a part of something special.

"I've been a winner my whole career. I've been a winner my whole life - I've had things I've had to deal with and overcome. I look forward to it."

The 206cm American has put his hand up to play in the Kings' next fixture against Illawarra on Thursday, before their next home game against Cairns on Saturday.

Powell's unveiling comes after the Kings were exposed in the paint without star Julian Khazzouh in Saturday's season-opening loss against returning franchise Brisbane.

Powell, who put up 26 points and 18 rebounds in his last stop in China earlier this year, said his playing experience in seven different countries would help him adapt quickly to the NBL.

"I think that's one of the good things about me and what I can bring to the table - just being a part of different things and different situations," he said.

"When I was in Puerto Rico and China, I had more of a scoring demand as well as rebounding and defending. But I've been in other places like when I went to Argentina, not so much. I had to adjust to that.

"So the game is all about adjustments. I'm here to be a part of something special, not cause problems and be a headache."

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