Jets captain Pero Cameron is representing New Zealand at the FIBA World
Championships in Indianapolis in August and September. We've followed his
preparations and progress in a series of looks at basketball's biggest
I: Rested and ready
Ii: America's Dream coveted by world
for the quarter-finals of the World Championships now hanging on a victory
against China, Chester Jets captain Pero
Cameron has won praise from United States head coach George Karl despite
his New Zealand side suffering a 110-62 thrashing by the favourites on
"He's just an old-time
basketball player who knows how to play," enthused Karl afer Cameron racked
up 13 points in another fine performance for the BBL's most under-rated
Cameron - ever the
competitor - is not one for mere words though.
"Itís my first time
in a World Championships and I want to see results," he said. "Expectations
I donít know about but mine are fairly big.
"I have dreams and
goals but I donít like to talk about them. I like to leave them out on
court and have them rise or fall there."
The experience of
playing in Indianapolis though has lived up to expectations.
"Basketball is so
huge in the US," Cameron adds. "Itís where the game was founded and the
buildings where we play are incredible."
Odds are though that
the Kiwis will go into the round to decide the 9-12th places. Such a finish
is no disgrace for a team of which little was expected.
And there is always
the haka available to unsettle an unsuspecting opponent. Or maybe not.
"We have one ready so who knows? But our business isn't the haka, it's
Valley's Greg Meldrum did not play as Canada secured an unlucky 13th place
with a narrow 98-97 win over Venezuela in the consolation play-off.
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