Singapore – The Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers today announced that they have officially released former NBA player Hassan Adams.
Adams who arrived in Singapore 2 weeks after the start of pre-season training struggled with his fitness and health once he began training with the team. Hassan scored a game high 21 points in the Slingers season opening game at the OCBC Arena vs Laskar Dreya, Indonesia but then struggled in a loss to the Malaysia Dragons.
Adams sparringly played due to a hip injury in the Slingers away game loss in Thailand against HiTech Bangkok City. The same injury meant he was unable to play in the Slingers last two games, both wins. After consulting with the medical staff, it looked certain that Adams would be sidelined between 4-8 weeks with the hip injury. Adams and the Slingers eventually decided that it would be mutually beneficial if he return to the US to receive treatment and rehab.
The JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers are sad to see Hassan depart, as he is a genuinely good person who loved his time in Singapore and with the Slingers. Hassan had nothing but praise for the organisation and the players, he said “I watched the local players gain in confidence everyday in training and also during the teams last few wins. Management & the coaches have given the local players every opportunity to play and have put them in a position to do well and showcase their talent. I wish the team all the best for the remainder of the season and I wish things could have worked out better so I could have contributed more”.
Adams, a former New Jersey Nets NBA player didn’t get a chance to showcase his full talent on the court, but the Slingers players were treated to some highlight reel moves at times during practice before he suffered the injury.
Singapore’s first and only professional basketball team, the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers, have played the last two games with only Kyle Jeffers and Al Vergara as imports with Adams unavailable through injury and ASEAN Import Gayford Rodriguez still recovering from an ankle sprain.
The team are already in negotations with a replacement player who they feel will help propel the team towards the 2014 Air Asia ASEAN Basketball League Playoffs.