Good luck to KL Dragons!!~ Make Malaysia Proud!
Monday, October 12, 2009 | 5:07 AM | 0 Harimau ComelAMERICAN professional Jamal Brown will renew his love with Malaysian basketball when he turns out for Kuala Lumpur Dragons in the inaugural Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Wednesday.
One of two foreign signings by KL Dragons, Brown found the lure of returning to Malaysia hard to resist and jumped at the chance of playing in the ABL when approached by the team.The 1.98m Brown, 32, is no stranger to local basketball, having inspired Malaysia Petronas to the 2008 Malaysian International Basketball Championship (MIBC) title.Now Brown is back for more as KL Dragons set their sights on making the ABL playoffs.
"I'm excited to be back in Malaysia . When coach Goh (Cheng Huat) called to ask if I was interested to play, I said 'yes' without hesitation."Although I don't know much of the other teams in the league, I think our main aim should be to make the playoffs in this first season," said Brown at the team's launch in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.Brown, who turned out for the Ballarat Miners in the 2009 Southeast Australian Basketball League season, recruited fellow American guard Chris Lynch to round out the import quota in the team which is essentially the Malaysian national team."We wanted players who could fit immediately into the team, someone we were already familiar with," said Cheng Huat."Jamal fits the bill and we asked him to find a player who he could get along with on the court, so he recommended Chris."The season opens today with Satria Muda BritAma of Indonesia playing the Philippine Patriots in Jakarta while Singapore Slingers host Brunei Barracudas tomorrow.KL Dragons play their first match against the Barracudas on Wednesday at Maba Stadium. Thailand Tigers are the sixth team in the league."We don't have any idea of the strength of the other teams but we must at least finish in the top four to reach the playoffs," added Cheng Huat, who is also handling the national team in the on-going MIBC.
The ABL will be played over three rounds with the playoffs to begin on Jan 30 next year.
Teams are allowed a maximum of two Asean imports, two non-Asean imports and one player with one Southeast Asian parent.
KL DRAGONS: Jamal Brown (US), Chris Lynch (US), Chee Li Wei, B. Guganeswaran, Koh Way Tek, Chai Chze Hian, Loh Shee Fai, Yeow Kee Aik, Kwaan Yoon Jing, Wee Chuan Chin, Ho Yeow Loong, John Ng Yeo Seng; Head coach: Goh Cheng Huat; Assistant coach: Soo Eng Heng; Manager: Wee Cheong Phor.