Feast like a King: Martin wants rivals devoured as they head to Cairns – Sydney Morning Herald

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Sydney big man Jarell Martin has urged the Kings to position themselves at the top of the food chain as they try to close out the NBL regular season in style during the next six weeks.
The Kings are gathering momentum ahead of a potential playoff run and will try to add another win to their tally when they meet the Taipans in Cairns on Sunday. They are fifth on the table, with the top six teams making the playoffs.
Jarell Martin wants the Kings to act like they’re apex predators in the NBL food chain.Credit:Getty
Martin has been a commanding presence in the paint for Sydney, averaging 16.28 points a game and nine rebounds. The Louisiana native, who had stints in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic, said he felt like the Kings are putting all the pieces together at the perfect time.
However, he said they had to be the hungriest team in the league and bring that drive every night if they were to take the next step as a group and be a genuine contender once the post-season gets under way.
“We just have to come out and be the top dogs out there, be the hungriest team,” Martin said. “That is going to start at the defensive end, that has started to slip a bit. But once we get reconnected on the defensive end, the sky is the limit for us.
“I think it’s falling in our favour. We are in a great spot and we can write our own destiny at this point. We just have to make sure we are locked in every night and keep building.
“We’ve been building momentum and need to keep this rolling towards the end of the season.”
Sunday’s road trip is a milestone game for the Kings, with guard Angus Glover, who has battled a wretched run of injuries, to make his 50th appearance. Martin said it is those sorts of moments that will bring the team together as they begin to test the limits of where they can go in 2022.
“At the beginning of the season, we battled with a lot of injuries, we just couldn’t get that chemistry together,” Martin said. “Now we can build that chemistry and just feel each other out. You can feel that connection as one unit.
“We have a young team this year. It’s just about playing in the moment, not worrying about a play ahead of us or a play that we just finished or a mistake we may have made. It’s just keeping that focus and that tunnel vision.”
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