Ahead of the season-ending BBL Play-off Finals, we caught up with London Lions colossus Kylor Kelley, who contributed this special column looking ahead to the event.
It was a disappointing night, but what we’ve got to learn
from the Trophy Final is that we’ve got to approach these big moments in the
right way. We came into that final a little bit too relaxed compared to what we
should have done, thinking that Cheshire were going to roll over, so we know
this time we’ve got to prepare correctly and take nothing for granted as we get
ready for Sunday.
For my first year being out here, having been given a great
opportunity to come to London and play, I’ve really had fun. It has been a
little bit different to what I’m used to with so many different competitions,
but it means there is always something to look forward to and now we’re really
excited to close out the season against Leicester in the Play-off Final.
It is sure to be a great game between two great teams. It is
going to be a really good occasion and the fans are in for a treat – we’ve
played the Riders a few times this year and every game has been such high
quality and really good to watch for the fans, so we’re excited for that and
for the fans to be a part of it. If the season has to end, then it is going to
end with a bang with a really great final.
I’ve played in a lot of great arenas in my career and
although I’ve seen the 02 and been around the area since I’ve been here in
London, I’m yet to go inside and see the arena so I’m excited for that
experience because it looks from the outside like there’s room for lots of fans
to make plenty of noise in there!
I’ve had a lot of recognition this season and that is always
nice, especially after all the hard work I’ve put in, but a lot of the credit
belongs with my teammates who’ve made it easy for me to block those shots and
get into the record books like that.
As a team we’ve had a few injuries in recent weeks, with
Dirk Williams missing a few games and Justin Robinson out as well, but the rest
of the roster has responded well and stood up to be counted. We’ve really found
another level of focus as a group and it has been showing on the court in the
last few weeks as we’ve been playing really well.
Offensively, we’ve always been a team that can score the
ball a lot. We’ve got great scorers and they’ve been shooting the ball at a
high percentage and the ball movement has been on point, but since the Trophy
Final we’ve really homed in on our defensive work and that’s been a real area
of improvement for us recently.
It is the last chance for us to win some silverware. We have
high expectations as a team and we’re going to go out there and do what we have
to do and hopefully that means we leave the 02 Arena with a title to show for
it – if we were to do that then it would be one of the biggest seasons of my
career, for sure.