KING OF THE COURT

WE SHOOT SOME HOOPS AND QUES­TIONS WITH SYD­NEY KING’S TOM GARLEPP

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MA­NIA: How did you get into bas­ket­ball? TOM: “I saw it on TV as kid, when guys like Michael Jordan were play­ing in the NBA, and there were ex­cit­ing play­ers and teams in the NBL like An­drew Gaze and my home­town's Perth Wild­cats. I picked up a bas­ket­ball and started play­ing. I've never looked back!"

MA­NIA: Do you have a favourite NBA team and player? TOM: “Kevin Du­rant is one of my favourites. But now that he's switched teams, I might have to find a new one.”

MA­NIA: How do you keep your cool while on the court? TOM: "Fo­cus­ing on your breath­ing helps. If you can re­mem­ber to ground your­self with some­thing like that, it'll re­lax you.”

MA­NIA: Do you have any pre-game good luck rit­u­als? TOM: “Not re­ally. I just try to make sure I'm not look­ing sloppy. If you feel like you look good, then you'll feel good and you can play good."

MA­NIA: What skills does a team cap­tain need? TOM: “You need to be able to lis­ten and not get too emo­tional."

MA­NIA: Do you have any ca­reer high­lights? TOM: “Be­ing on a team that makes the fi­nal is some­thing I liked and want to achieve again. When the team does well and makes the fi­nals, those are the things that I fondly re­mem­ber most."

MA­NIA: The 2016/17 is start­ing up soon. Which team are you most look­ing for­ward to play­ing – and which team will present the big­gest chal­lenge? TOM: “In the past it's been a lit­tle bit more lop­sided in terms of com­pe­ti­tion across the board. But now the com­pe­ti­tion has be­come a lot stronger, so I couldn't re­ally sin­gle any­one out be­cause ev­ery­one's got­ten a lot bet­ter."

MA­NIA: Are there any goals you want to achieve this sea­son? TOM: "Just to get back into the fi­nals is a nice goal for me."

Keep prac­tis­ing and never give up!

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