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NolaTiger52
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Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
I haven’t heard anything about him in a while. Does anyone know if he’s been playing well, and if he’s an actual asset?


VOR
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
I assume he’s still balling in the South Pacific.


Soggymoss
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
I think the NBL season is over

Edit: Nevermind it's not over, looks like his last game played was on 1/26 though..

They have a game on the 29th
This post was edited on 2/26 at 6:19 pm


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NolaTiger52
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
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I assume he’s still balling in the South Pacific

Was he balling?


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cgrand
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
we were
he’s been hurt, a lot

not a whole bunch to report


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GynoSandberg
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
He flashed in the summer league. He hasn’t been that good in the NBL though.

20 games, 23 mpg

40% from the field
33% from 3P on 5 attempts per game
48% on 2P attempts though
65% from the line

10 ppg
3.6 rpg
1.8 apg

He’s on Andrew Bogut’s team. Looks like they’re the 1 seed in the NBL playoffs


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gerard07
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
He plays for the Sydney Kings and learning the english language. Didi will be an NBA player.


Soggymoss
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
He played yesterday, hit a 3 with 40 seconds left that pretty much won them the game.

Griff was in attendance watching him also

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cgrand
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
louzada hit the game winning 3 last night to cap a double digit lag game comeback in a kings playoff game, with griffin in attendance

LINK


cgrand
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
oops didn’t see soggy’s post


GynoSandberg
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re: Is anyone keeping eyes on Didi?
This was Sydney’s first playoff win in 12 years. The games are on ESPN+. They play again tomorrow I believe


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The NBL's last remaining 2019-20 Next Stars player, Didi Louzada, has given his boss at NBA club New Orleans a reminder of his ability, after inching the Sydney Kings closer to the grand final series.

Louzada nailed a clutch three-pointer with just over 40 seconds left to push Sydney ahead after they trailed by 16 points with just over six minutes to go in Saturday's home semi-final series opener against Melbourne.

It was another big play moment from the 20-year-old small forward who has averaged around ten points a game despite injury issues causing him to miss several matches.

Coming off the bench on Saturday he scored eight points in just over 16 minutes in front of Pelicans president David Griffin.

New Orleans picked up the NBA rights to Louzada, who was originally taken by Atlanta, with the 35th pick of the 2019 draft.

Sydney coach Will Weaver believed Griffin, who was part of a crowd of over 13,000 at Qudos Bank Arena, would have been just as impressed by Louzada's defensive hustle, unselfishness and basketball nous as his scoring.

"You've got Didi Louzada who basically changed the energy defensively," Weaver said.

"And special because David Griffin, the president of the Pelicans, here tonight having visited us the past few days.

"The thing that he highlighted was the same thing I loved most.

"Instead of driving in there and forcing it, Didi lays it off for a dunk for Xavier (Cooks), after not having scored for a while.

"It just shows how bright his future is, that his attributes are so positive both above the neck and below the neck."

With Louzada, Craig Moller and Kevin Lisch all back in the rotation after missing a fair chunk of the season, Weaver admits he has some pleasing selection posers.

Veteran and regular starter Brad Newley sparked Sydney in a rare appearance off the bench, scoring 17 points in just over 23 minutes.

Melbourne coach Dean Vickerman praised Newley for changing the pace of the game and Weaver wasn't surprised by the impact his 35-year-old star had off the pine.

"He was a weapon for years and years for (Spanish club) Gran Canaria, known throughout EuroLeague as just the best sixth man on the planet," Weaver said.

Weaver's faith in his team never wavered on Saturday despite their big final quarter deficit.

"The fact the boys stayed with it, the crowd stayed with us, it's reflective of the kind of thing that you hope to build over time, which is a set of people that care a lot and a city that cares a lot," Weaver said.

"When those things align you have a chance to do special stuff."
This post was edited on 2/29 at 11:37 am


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