Wildcats not fussed by Kings' star power

Justin Chadwick
Perth Wildcats are hoping to bounce back from a last-start loss to the Taipans in Cairns

Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson says he doesn't care about Sydney Kings signing yet another star despite some people now labelling the NBL franchise near-on unbeatable.

The Kings sit on top of the ladder with a dominant 10-1 record, and further bolstered their squad this week by signing Boomers prospect Xavier Cooks for the rest of the season.

Cooks joins the likes of Andrew Bogut, Brad Newley, Kevin Lisch, Casper Ware, Didi Louzada, and Jae'sean Tate in a squad bursting at the seams with star power.

Adelaide coach Joey Wright cheekily suggested earlier this month that the Kings are spending $4 million more than their nearest rivals on their star-studded list.

The Wildcats (8-4) sit in second spot, but the defending champions face a monumental task to overhaul the Kings.

Gleeson said he wasn't worrying about Sydney's star-studded squad.

"I don't really care what anyone else does," Gleeson said on Friday.

"If they change imports and bring an NBA legend in - it doesn't matter. We just make sure we take care of what we can do.

"It's more about playing our best basketball. We know teams change imports and bring new players in all the time. That's out of our control."

Gleeson has his sights set on guiding his team to a top-two finished.

But when asked whether top spot was now unreachable given Sydney's strength, Gleeson was keen to avoid the topic - at least for the moment.

"I think we play Adelaide this week. It might be a good question for next week when we play Sydney," he said.

More pressing for Gleeson is making sure his team avoid another costly final-quarter fadeout.

The Wildcats led the Taipans by 12 points in the final quarter last week, only to lose 91-84.

"It was really disappointing that we lacked aggressiveness at the end in offence and defence," Gleeson said.

"I know a few of the guys were really disappointed when we sat down and watched film when we got home."

Gleeson is hopeful Terrico White will be given the all clear to take on Adelaide at RAC Arena on Sunday.

White missed last week's loss to Cairns because of bone bruising on his knee, and the Wildcats are set to wait until the weekend before making a call on his availability.

"He just has to get up to speed, change direction and have confidence in the knee," Gleeson said.

"I'm hopeful. If I'm a betting man, I would say maybe an each-way bet.

"Hopefully he recovers well (from training) and can play with a bit of discomfort."