South East Melbourne guard Kyle Adnam says the most impressive aspect of Mitch Creek’s game has been the calming influence he exerts on the Phoenix playing group.
While Creek’s on court exploits are well known, evident by his 28 point, 11 rebound effort in last week’s Throwdown win over Melbourne United, Adnam pointed to the impact Creek has made in the leadership department as the most noteworthy.
“It’s been amazing. Creeky is just, it’s hard picking a word for it, but he really does a great job at making everyone around him feel extremely comfortable,” Adnam told The SEN NBL Show.
“Whether that’s with his voice, saying well done mate, something as simple as that, he does a really good job of actually talking to you about different things you’re doing well and different things you can improve on.
“The best thing about him is his calming influence on the floor. As much as he may be vocal off it, on the floor it’s a very calm influence.
“He will be like, hey we made a mistake, but next play let’s move on, let’s get it done, I know you’re going to make that shot next time, I know you’re going to make that defensive rotation next time.
“I think his calming influence on the group is the thing that’s most impressed me.”
The Phoenix play their first ever home game this Sunday against Brisbane Bullets at Melbourne Arena, with tip off scheduled for 3:00pm AEDT.
With positive vibes flowing through the club after last week’s win, Adnam can’t wait to play in front of a new sea of hometown supporters.
“It’s going to be good, I’m really looking forward to it,” Adnam said of the first home game.
“Putting on a jersey that’s pretty smooth is another win but I’m really looking forward to getting out there.
“I’m sure after what we have done throughout the preseason and all the community work we have been doing, over its due time we are really going to see those fans pour into that arena and I can’t wait to see a sea of green at Melbourne Arena.”
Listen to last night’s episode of The SEN NBL Show with Darren Parkin, Peter Hooley, South East Melbourne’s Kyle Adnam and Brisbane’s Nathan Sobey in the player below.