NBL21: Sydney Kings coach Adam Forde’s high praise for versatile Craig Moller

Versatile Sydney King Craig Moller says “getting old” has helped him develop a new-found comfort and confidence in his role.

And coach Adam Forde says the underrated energiser deserves more “respect”.

Moller was the star attraction in the Kings’ victory over Brisbane Saturday, draining four three-pointers on his way to a team-high 20 points.

The 26-year-old did his work in just 17 minutes, sitting the entire third quarter, something he now has the maturity to deal with.

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“It comes with a bit of experience and a bit of age,” Moller said after the win.

“Even today, I didn’t play in the third quarter at all. When I was younger, I might have been sort of second-guessing myself and thinking, ‘oh, what’s going on here, have I done something wrong’.

“But knowing that we’ve got a strong bench, it’s just the rotational thing. My confidence has been slowly building throughout the season.”

Adam Forde has heaped praise on the Kings’ raucous crowd. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

A career 27 per cent shooter from deep, Moller has upped that to better than 38 per cent in 2021, under the tutelage of Kings assistant James Duncan.

“Craig’s a dude that works hard at practice and hits a lot of threes and makes a lot of moves and he doesn’t necessarily get enough respect for that,” Forde said of his charge.

“To his credit, there’s been games where maybe I haven’t given him enough respect. He plays six minute games, he’s played some 30 minute games.”

Forde paid tribute to the Kings’ crowd as his focus shifts to a Qudos Bank Arena clash with the Perth Wildcats Thursday.

“I feel like we’ve got the best fans in the league, I think they’re really smart, they know about their basketball and it was great seeing them out in force and recognising the hard work,” Forde said.

“They love team basketball and … that feeds into our team so I just wanted to acknowledge that really means something.”

Originally published asForde: Put some respect on Craig Moller’s name

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