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YAKIMA, Wash. - Most pro basketball players in the CBA still have NBA dreams, and are trying to advance their careers. There's no better team to do that on than the Yakima Sun Kings.
The two time defending champs, who beat Albany by 21 Wednesday night, have quite a good track record of helping players move on. Rony Turiaf, Raja Bell, and Anthony Goldwire are just a few guys in a long line of former Sun Kings in the NBA.
Coach Paul Woolpert has many NBA connections, and the Sun Kings have been the dominant CBA team in recent years, increasing his players reputations. This year's team is of to a all-time CBA-best 23-1 record. That can only help the chances of the current players who are looking to climb the ladder.
"Look at our team last year," said Woolpert. "We won the championship again. We had the MVP of the league in Galen Young. Since then, he's had some lucrative contracts overseas. Probably six or seven of those guys are overseas right now making more money than they ever have in their career. Good things happen when you win, hopefully good things will happen with these guys as well."
Veteran Jason Sasser says he wouldn't mind playing overseas again. Prospects Desmond Ferguson, Anthony Washington and Jermaine Blackburn are just a few of many young players shooting for overseas contracts and the ultimate goal of the NBA.