NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, No. 1 ticket holder for Sydney Kings and Sydney Uni Flames, NBL, WNBL, basketball news

It can often end badly when a politician tries their hand at sport, but Dominic Perrottet didn’t miss a best on the basketball court.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has shown off his impressive basketball skills at training with the Sydney Kings and Sydney Uni Flames.

Perrottet has been named the No. 1 ticket holder for the Kings and the Flames for the upcoming NBL and WNBL seasons, which start later this week.

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After being handed a Kings jersey with No. 46 on the back — Perrottet is the 46th Premier of NSW — he was invited to strut his stuff under the watchful eye of the Kings and Flames squads.

Despite not having the smoothest shooting action, the Premier nailed a long jump shot on his first attempt, scored a lay-up and hustled hard on defence against the Kings players.

Perrottet, who was also gifted Flames jerseys for his daughters Charlotte, Amelia and Annabelle, said it was an honour to be named the No. 1 ticket holder for the two Sydney-based teams.

“I’m thrilled to have finally been recruited by the Sydney Kings, sadly my schedule means I will be unavailable for a playing role but I’m proud to be No. 1 ticket holder,” he said.

“My entire family has a great passion for basketball and are huge Kings and Flames fans. I feel both teams are on the verge of terrific seasons.

“I love basketball, it‘s a great sport. My girls play and it’s in the family. I loved it as a kid growing up, played as a kid. Love the NBL, love the NBA and it’s a huge passion of mine.

“It’s been growing, particularly with younger people, and particular young girls. In terms of young people playing basketball, it’s going through the roof.

“If I can promote it and encourage more young people to get involved I will.”

Kings and Flames owner chairman Paul Smith said he was delighted to have the support of the Premier.

“To have the Premier show his support for professional men’s and women’s basketball in Sydney in such a meaningful way is something we are very proud of,” Smith said.

“Sydney is rallying around our ‘Two Teams, One Club’ philosophy and the ability to support both men’s and women’s basketball.

“Basketball continues to grow in popularity in Sydney. The demand for court time far outstrips supply and driveways all over Sydney have become the workout courts for thousands of young Sydneysiders.”

The WNBL season tips off on Thursday when the Perth Lynx take on the Adelaide Lightning, while the NBL season gets underway on Friday.

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