A young United States basketball player is starting a new life far from his home in New Rochelle near New york.
CU Kenny Washington looking at Polish countryside at the Krakowski Gate, Lublin, walks down steps to old city (3 shots)
SV Washington walking into sports centre where he will be playing with the Lublin basketball team PAN UP TO sign as he walks through gateway
SV INTERIOR Announcer introducing Washington as he joins team on basketball court...crowd cheering wildly
SV Spectators holding banner 'Ken we want you more and more to be first division's king of score'...crowd still applauding wildly
SV Washington running and passing ball to another player from behind his back during warm-up session
Washington receives ball and runs up to basket and jumps and scores, cheered by crowd
SV Start of game between Start of Lublin and legia. Highlights of game showing Washington, in the Lublin black colours, taking long shot at the basket but failing to score, takes ball through to centre (5 shots)
SV Washington is cheered as he walks off court at end of game
SV Kenny Washington's fans throw him into the air
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Background: A young United States basketball player is starting a new life far from his home in New Rochelle near New york. Kenny Washington is only 24 years old, but early this year (5 January) he began playing with a team in Lublin in Poland.
SYNOPSIS: Kenny Washington is a stranger in what is to him a strange country, but the basketball enthusiasts of his new home town of Lublin have welcomed him as a star and a key player in the city's Start basketball team. he was noted as a high point-scorer fro his club at New Rochelle. He has brought this valuable habit with him to boost the chances of his adopted team.
Now well known among the local fans, they usually give him a wild reception. Here his team Start of Lublin face legia of Warsaw.
The team warm-up is a chance for Kenny Washington to display those qualities which distinguish his game. He combines excellent technique, with good ball control, physical fitness and clever tactics. Start is recognised as one of the best basketball teams in Poland, and their standing has been enhanced by their new player. Washington, wearing number nine, is not always successful with his shots, but with experience should develop into a player of considerable stature, despite his relatively diminutive size.
It may not have been Start's best game but they managed to beat their first division opponents Legia by the narrow margin of 86-to-83. And Kenny Washington was again the star of Start.