Perth Wildcats have received a massive boost ahead of today’s grand final re-match against the Sydney Kings with superstar Bryce Cotton cleared to play.
Cotton was in doubt after spending several days battling illness, but he has passed a fitness test today and will take on the Kings in Victoria.
Cotton has had a busy day having driven to government offices this morning to sign documentation which allowed him to receive his Distinguished Talent Visa.
Now he can again remind everyone why he is the NBL’s best player by taking on the Kings.
Perth desperately needed him to play given they were already without three-point shooter Clint Steindl. He is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered last week.
Cotton has averaged 23.67 points per game this season and is the NBL’s leading scorer.
He has produced 27 per cent of the team’s points across the six games and that included a match winning 29 points during Saturday’s win over Melbourne.
By combining his points and assists, Cotton was directly responsible for more than half of Perth’s score against United.
The Kings have also had massive injury problems this season with import Jarell Martin, Australian Boomer Xavier Cooks and Angus Glover all unavailable. Daniel Kickert returned from injury yesterday and played his first match of the season while Didi Louzada has managed only four of the Kings’ seven games.
The Wildcats are 3-3 after beating Melbourne United on Saturday, while the Kings are 4-4.
The match is set to be tense after Kings chairman attacked the Wildcats yesterday by declaring they were handed last season’s championship instead of winning it.
Perth led the best of five series 2-1 when the Kings announced they didn’t want to continue playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the NBL subsequently announced the Wildcats as victors.