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Sydney Kings owner Paul Smith defended Nick Kyrgios from the criticism he received following the Starlight Celebrity Game, saying the Australian tennis star was absolutely brilliant. 

Last weekend, a charity basketball game took place in Sydney and Kyrgios – who is known for his humanitarian work and always willing to support a charity – participated in the game. 

After the game, NBL great Steve Carfino called Kyrgios a "jerk" and accused him of showing a lack of respect. 

"What is Steve thinking?" Smith told the Sydney Morning Herald. "Nick was terrific. He wasn't over the top at all. He didn't dunk over anyone. He wasn't out of line. None of that happened. He handled himself impeccably.

"The purpose of the match was to raise money for the Starlight Foundation and Nick was critical to that. We want him back next year. This was a really bad take from Steve. Nobody has said anything to me along those lines."

The comments Carfino made about Kyrgios 

Carfino apparently wasn't happy after Kyrgios attempted to block Miss Universe Australia 2020 Maria Thattil. 

“What a jerk. Oh my goodness,” Carfino said on Fox Sports’ The Back Page. "And what a lack of sportsmanship. He’s blocking girls’ shots, he’s not passing to his teammates.

“This is a celebrity game. There’s be funds to be raised for the Starlight Foundation. It was ridiculous.”

Meanwhile, Kyrgios is at home as he is skipping this clay season. 

Kyrgios suggested earlier this year he would skip the entire clay season. 

While Kyrgios was in the United States for Indian Wells and Miami, the Houston organizers offered him a wildcard.

Kyrgios accepted their offer and competed on the clay courts of Houston. 

Kyrgios enjoyed a solid run in Houston as he made the semifinal before losing in Houston. 

In Houston, Kyrgios confirmed that was his first and last tournament of this clay season. 

Kyrgios will return to action in just over a month, when the grass season kicks off in Stuttgart.

Kyrgios loves grass and that's the part of the season where he will be aiming to do well.


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