Jason Cadee grew up hating the Sydney Kings. On Friday, he will score his 1000th point for them.
Cadee will become the 29th King to reach the milestone with his first score against the New Zealand Breakers. While he is now comfortable wearing the purple and gold after joining the club in 2014, it wasn’t always his preferred Sydney side.
“I hated the Kings as a kid, believe it or not,” Cadee said. “I [went for] the West Sydney Razorbacks because of my Dad [former Boomers star and Razorbacks CEO Robbie Cadee].
“That was when I was a kid, I didn’t like the Kings then. I always respected the Kings and loved what they did and now I love playing for the Kings. It’s something I’m very proud to do, to represent Sydney as a whole and play for the Kings is something I really enjoy.”
Shane Heal was at the Kings when the rivalry with cross-code rivals the Razorbacks was at its peak.
“Growing up I remember being good family friends with Shane Heal,” Cadee said. “He used to love walking around before games when they played the Razorbacks and he’d be talking crap to me.
“I’d be telling him he wasn’t going to score tonight and then he’d go out and get 40.
“So to join a list of people who have scored 1000 for the Kings is something I will remember for a long time and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.”
Sydney is Cadee’s fourth NBL club since his debut in 2010 and the Westfield Sports High product said he was unaware of his looming milestone. Even coach Andrew Gaze was surprised his Kings points tally wasn’t higher given his early entry into the league, although many of the baskets Cadee has drained have been for the Gold Coast Blaze, the Adelaide 36ers and the Super City Rangers.
“It’s not bad. I didn’t know, had no idea,” he said of the tally of 999 points for the Kings.
“It’s pretty cool, I’m not one to get caught up in personal things. I don’t look at it as a selfish thing, because it’s not the way I view the game – it’s a team game and I pride myself on being a good teammate and someone my teammates like being around.
“To have little milestones like that, I guess when you’re growing up as a kid wanting to play in the NBL, is pretty cool.
“It’s something I didn’t know about but it’s a cool thing to know. I’m pretty proud.”