G-League: Taylor King is ‘back home’ to lead Agua Caliente Clippers
By Dennis Pope
POMONA >> New opportunities are usually good opportunities, but Taylor King is clear on why his newest opportunity is different.
“It’s nice to be back home,” said King, the former Mater Dei basketball great who has spent his professional career thus far playing for a number of different European teams. “I have a wife and child and family around, so I get to be at home, so it’s really nice.”
King is on the roster for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, the new NBA G League expansion team that opens its season tonight at 7 p.m. against the Santa Cruz Warriors at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
“I think players have to feel comfortable to experience their mistakes and learn from them,” Agua Caliente Clippers coach Casey Hill said. “I think we’re doing a pretty good job of providing an environment for that; we have some guys with experience, and they’re helping us with that.”
King was recruited by Duke out of Mater Dei but bounced to Villanova before finishing his collegiate career at Concordia in Irvine. From there he began a prolific seven-year career playing in overseas leagues.
“I played mostly in the U.K.,” said King, who led the British Basketball Association during the 2014-15 season averaging 20.1 points per game while playing with Cheshire Phoenix. “I was also in Lithuania; I was in Asia, Middle East, Mexico (and) Canada. I’ve been all over the place.”
A McDonald’s High School All-American in 2007 and now considered an experienced veteran, King, 30, takes a certain pride in being the oldest player on the AC Clippers roster.
“Not old by any means but the oldest one on the squad. My job is to come in here with my experience and do whatever I can to help the team win,” said King, who currently resides in Fountain Valley with […]