A Ray of light for the Power
“IT'S all about the game you speak on the floor.”
New Port City Power import Ray Canady has a simple philosophy forged over years of playing basketball in the US and overseas.
“I want to win, and I don't care if I score eight points, as long as we win,” Canady said.
“Whatever coach wants me to do, that's what I'll do.
“If I have to guard a seven-footer to win, that's what I'll do.”
Canady suited up for his first game on Sunday, after arriving in Gladstone on Friday, scoring 29 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.
“It (usually) takes a while to get acquainted and in rhythm with new team-mates, but it was so natural,” Canady said.
“You can't teach chemistry, either you have it or you don't.”
The Power had a narrow loss against the South West Metro Pirates, but this won't be the trend, according to the new recruit.
“I was disappointed in the outcome, but I'm sure the next game we'll do very well,” he said.
“I have no doubt in my mind the next game is going to be scary, once I get the plays down and get in tune with what the coach wants. We're going to be a very dangerous team,” Canady claimed.
“I'm looking forward to taking this team to not just the playoffs, and we have the talent to do it.”
On Sunday, the Power's home crowd was in fine voice again, and the recruit got to hear firsthand how the Kev Broome Stadium's walls rattle at a home game.
“They're loud, supportive, diehard fans. I can't ask for more, and it makes me work harder,” he said.
In China for three months before arriving in Australia, with a two-day stopover in the States, Canady has been a bit of a journeyman over the past seven years since graduating in the US.
“It was very nice, the culture was very interesting, and I hope to get back there,” he said.
Canady moved to Germany some years ago to play and then Syria, before he returned to the US and tried out with the Warriors in Las Vegas, and then found himself in Malaysia.
Canady knows a lot of guys playing in different leagues around Australia, and he'd been given the heads up about the lifestyle and standard of play.
“They told me how beautiful Australia is and how good the competition is,” Canady said.
The strength of his game centres on doing whatever is necessary to win, and with assistance from NBA players such as Jerry Stackhouse, Josh Smith and Joe Johnson, Canady says his game has developed to where it is now.
“My game has changed a lot through the years, I'm a very aggressive player,” he said.
Basketball led Canady to star in a Nike ad in the States, and he's grateful for the ride basketball has provided.
“It's been a real blessing experience, and a good teacher of life,” he said.