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Former Sydney Kings NBA player Jarell Martin urges team to stay hungry, starting with Taipans in Cairns

Sydney big man Jarell Martin has urged the Kings to position themselves at the top of the food chain as they attempt to close out the NBL regular season in style over the next six weeks.

The Kings are gaining momentum ahead of a potential playoff run and will look to add another win to their tally when they face the Taipans in Cairns on Sunday. They are fifth on the table, with the top six teams advancing to the playoffs.

Jarell Martin wants the Kings to act like they’re predators at the top of the NBL food chain.Credit:Getty

Martin has been a commanding presence in the paint for Sydney, averaging 16.28 points per game and nine rebounds. The Louisiana native, who played in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic, said he felt like the Kings were putting all the pieces together at the right time.

However, he said they needed to be the hungriest team in the league and bring that drive every night if they were to take the next step as a group and be a true contender once post- season launched.

“We just have to go out and be the best dogs out there, be the hungriest team,” Martin said. “It’s going to start on the defensive end, it’s started to slip a bit. But once we reconnect on the defensive end, the sky’s the limit for us.

“I think that works in our favour. We are in an ideal situation and we can write our own destiny at this point. We just have to make sure we’re locked in every night and keep building.

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“We have created momentum and we need to keep that momentum going towards the end of the season.”

Sunday’s road trip is a landmark game for the Kings, with guard Angus Glover, who has battled a series of miserable injuries, to make his 50th appearance. Martin said these are the kinds of moments that will bring the team together as they begin to test the limits of what they can do in 2022.