Kings not weighed down by NBL expectations

Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze says the pressure of ending the club's finals drought won't weigh his players down during the upcoming NBL season.

Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze says there is no pressure on the NBL club to make the play-offs.

Sydney Kings coach Andrew Gaze says there is no pressure on the NBL club to make the play-offs.

The Kings haven't reached the play-offs since 2013, and they face a tough challenge to break that run this season against a host of star-studded opponents.

Melbourne and Perth start the season as title favourites, with the rest of the competition expected to play second fiddle.

Gaze made a dream start to his coaching tenure last season when he guided the Kings to a 5-1 start.

But the wheels began to fall off from that point, with the Kings losing nine of their final 12 games to narrowly miss the play-offs.

Gaze said the Kings' barren play-off history of late won't weigh his players down this season.

"Outside of our recent history, we don't go too far back, because most of the guys weren't part of it," Gaze said.

"And it's a totally different organisation now than it was a few years ago.

"From a fans' perspective, they've been starved of success.

"Last year we were way more competitive than we were the previous few years, but still we didn't get to the play-offs. But we weren't far away."

The Kings open their season against Adelaide on Saturday night.

But how Sydney perform will be anyone's guess given some players may still be jetlagged following their recent game against NBA outfit Utah in the United States.

"We just got back from Utah on Thursday morning, so the boys are a bit weary," Gaze said.

"It's not the ideal preparation for our first game, but it is what it is.

"Really, you're in the lap of the gods a bit.

"But it might be a blessing that we play at 5.30, rather than 7.30.

"That slightly earlier time slot might help us body-clock wise, and not having the day drag on too long where we get too fatigued."

The Kings' finals hopes could largely depend on how imports Perry Ellis and Travis Leslie fare.

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