Tyler Lamb has had an eventful year leading up to his third season in the ASEAN Basketball League. He won the ABL Heritage Import MVP award after putting up 19.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.6 steals.
The season ended with him and Hong Kong Eastern winning the ABL Championship after a gruelling 3-1 series. Shortly into the offseason, Lamb welcomed his second daughter into the his world. Not ending there, Lamb played for the Thailand National Team for the first time in SEA Games 2017, ending up with the Bronze Medal.
A busy year for Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team’s prized forward only has him wanting more this season. The accomplished feeling of winning it all was worthwhile, but Lamb knows it gets even harder from here.
“[Winning the championship] was a great feeling because we put a lot of hard work in and there were a lot of good teams last year,” Lamb says. “To be able to win it was like everything came full circle for us, so it felt really good.”
“It’ll be very difficult to repeat, just because it’s hard to win two yyears in a row,” Lamb adds. “It’s hard to win one year, but to win two years in a row is very hard. [The ABL] added 3 more teams and it’s is going to be way more competitive this year, but I belive in our guys.”
“We work hard from one to sixteen. Everybody works hard and everybody holds each other accountable so I think if we continue to do this, we have a good chance.”
This means that if Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team are expecting to repeat, Lamb’s development over the offseason can be crucial to their hopes. Fans saw significant improvements from Lamb last season and it’s not too absurd to expect even more this season after his experience with the National Team.
“It was a wonderful experience just playing in the SEA Games and being a part of the atmosphere,” Lamb says of his first stint with the Thailand National Team. “You build relationships with the other guys. There were guys from the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia. I played against all those guys before so it was a great experience to see everybody being able to represent their country.”
“I was being more of a leader [with the National Team]. With [Hong Kong Eastern], I have Marcus [Elliott] and we have imports on the team, so I don’t have to carry the whole load. When I was playing with Thailand, I had to be the main option.”
“It wasn’t new to me, but it was just something I can get used to and can develop more into that role.”
Lamb is also expecting to come back this season stronger than ever to be able to withstand the high level of competition in the league.
“I feel like a big thing I improved on my body,” Lamb says. “That’s where my main focus was on this season. I was just improving my body and being in the best shape I can be in because after this season, I’m going straight to Thailand to play in another league.”
That seems like just the same Tyler Lamb keeping his schedule busy year round. It’s this kind of mentality to consistently find venues to exhibit his craft and expand his game that has groomed Lamb into the player he has become in the ABL. Lamb himself has enjoyed being a part of the ABL and is excited for his third season.
“For me, It’s good to see how far the ABL has come in just three years. There’s so much more talent in the league now, so much more exposure so I’m happy to see the progress.”
“You get to develop relationships from different teams so it’s like a community. It’s like a big family. You get to know guys and you get to develop relationships so it’s fun.”
Even though it’s family, Lamb doesn’t look to back down to any of his “family members” this coming season. When asked what his expectations are for his team this season, Lamb shifts to a serious tone while simply responding:
“Winning another championship.”