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China’s Kyle Anderson within the Fiba World Cup at Sensible Araneta Coliseum. –Marlo Cueto/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines—Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic supplied a form evaluation of fellow NBA standout Kyle Anderson’s debut with China within the Fiba World Cup, saying the Minnesota Timberwolves ace simply wants to regulate to the worldwide recreation.

On Monday, Anderson appeared to have completed simply that, popping out large with an effort that nonetheless went to waste after an 89-69 defeat to South Sudan at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.

“It’s robust to inform with one recreation. I clearly struggled in opposition to the Serbian crew and it’s a unique recreation within the NBA so I had to determine learn how to be efficient on this recreation so we’ll see in opposition to Puerto Rico,” stated Anderson, who now goes by Li Kai-Er for China.

Anderson had a forgettable outing in opposition to Serbia, which resulted in a 105-63 defeat for China.

“The physicality, spacing and calls you get within the NBA, you don’t get right here in Fiba. It’s only a completely different recreation. The court docket is far smaller, not a lot room on the market so it’s only a completely different recreation,” stated Anderson, who was scoreless in opposition to Serbia in 25 minutes of motion.

Towards South Sudan, Anderson completed with 22 factors, 5 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a shedding effort for the Chinese language.

Anderson additionally bared that it was laborious to play in opposition to groups in Fiba, contemplating that the majority of them have been enjoying for the nation since they had been 16 years previous or youthful.

“You’re additionally enjoying in opposition to groups who’ve been collectively since 16 and underneath or so. NBA gamers are in harmful waters on this recreation. It’s not our model of play however I nonetheless should discover a technique to be efficient and attempt to get the win.”

Anderson and the Chinese language look to notch a win in Group B’s pool play after they face the Puerto Ricans on Wednesday on the similar venue.

China’s Kyle Anderson, who additionally goes by his Chinese language title Li Kai Er, on Minnesota Timberwolves having six #FIBAWC gamers.

Posted by Inquirer Sports activities on Monday, August 28, 2023

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