Photo Credit: Dan Congdon
By: Cole Shelton
Damon Lynn is back in the National Basketball League of Canada and back with the KW Titans for the 2019-20 season. Lynn came off the bench last season as a rookie guard and had the opportunity to start a couple of games here and there.
He decided to come back to the Titans after having an off-season chat with the head coach, Cavell Johnson.
"He was like a big role model for me last year and he helped me mature as a pro," Lynn said. "He reached out over the summer and asked if I would be a part of the team again. Last year we came up short in the semifinals. We had a lot of unfinished business. Coming up short that made me want to come back and win a championship."
When he came back, Lynn didn't know if he was going to be coming off the bench again or starting. But, Johnson knew Lynn would be the team's starting point guard and he's glad he has a bigger role in his second year in the league.
"Not really. I didn't know 100 percent of who was coming back. I just figured I would come back and do what I did to end the year last year," he explained. "When I got here in training camp, Cavell liked my energy and wanted me to step into a starter role and I did."
Not only is Lynn is starting but he is having more success. The guard through six games is averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 assists, and five rebounds. He is also shooting the ball at 43.6 per cent from the field and 40 per cent from three. Compared to last year when he just averaged 12.8 points, he says the difference is being familiar with the league.
"I think it's just more comfortability. Last year was my rookie season in the NBLC and just trying to find my role. Now I am a little more comfortable," he said. "A year definitely helped me and coming back and being the vet point guard I have a lot of freedom and can play my game."
Lynn credits his experience as a big factor in his success. He now understands the travel of the league and when he should be resting his body.
Not only is he using the experience to benefit him, but he is taking the rookies under his wing to help them.
"It is big. The travel is crazy for anyone who doesn't know. But, it is maturing going from college to pro there are a lot of things that change so a year makes a big difference," Lynn said. "I also took a leadership role on and off the court."
Although the Titans are just 1-5, Lynn and the team remain confident that they will turn it around and believe they have a championship-caliber team.
"We are confident. Last year we started off shaky as well. Just get on our winning streak. Basketball is a game of runs, we are on a little losing streak right now but we will figure it out," Lynn said. "I think it is just game planing, finding that chemistry, we had one exhibition game so we were still fixing kinks when the season started.
"Last year we were banged up towards the end of the year. But, that gave us confidence that we have what it takes to win the championship. The goal is the championship," the guard concluded.