Freddie Goldstein wants to tell you something.
“My body is in the best shape I have been in years.”
Freddie Goldstein is about to start his third season in the ASEAN Basketball League with CLS Knights Indonesia, claiming that he’s in the “best shape” he’s been in for years. If you’ve watched Goldstein over the past two seasons playing for Hitech Bangkok City (2015-2016) and the Westports Malaysia Dragons (2016-2017), you know that’s not good news for the rest of the league.
For a guy listed only at 1.78 meters tall, Goldstein has never backdown to taller opposition in the ABL. He boasts a career average of 4.4 rebounds per game, this after averaging nearly 6 boards per game with the Dragons last season. Not too shabby for one of the more smaller guys on the court.
However, his rebounding is least of what the CLS Knights are expecting out of their prized Heritage Import guard.
“[We expect him to] bring sparks to the team.” says Christopher Tanuwidjaja, Managing Partner of the CLS Knights. “We need a mature and experienced Point Guard, especially one who can push the tempo of the game to compliment Mario Wuysang’s type of play.”
“My role is to make plays and get stops in any position I play.” Goldstein says of how he is looking to play this season.
Knights Head Coach, Koko Heru Nugroho, also adds that he expects the Thai-American to be a defensive stopper and a creator for the team.
That might be exactly be what the Knights are getting in the 29-year-old guard. Over his first two seasons, Goldstein averaged 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals. He actually holds the league’s all-time record for steals in a game (10) when he played for Hitech Bangkok City. Coach Nugroho also raves about his quickness and agility, which is something that ABL fans have become accustomed to over the years.
In his third season with his third team in the ABL, Goldstein wants to make this season special.
“I’m very grateful to be returning for my third season. It’s another opportunity to showcase my talent in the ABL,” Goldstein says. “CLS haS welcomed me with open arms. They will allow me to play like I play and not try to change my style.”
“It’s is a great organization from owners, to coaches, and players… even our fans.”
“Freddie been great,” Coach Nugroho says. “He’s coachable and a hard worker.”
“He’s one of the guys that always come early to every practice,” Tanuwidjaja says. “He’s easy to deal with, obeys every rules, and is very easy-going — even with the locals.”
The Knights have ABL veterans flanked left and right, inside and out, in their projected starting lineup. They are counting on Goldstein to build up good chemistry with Mario Wuysang, Duke Crews, and Brian Williams on their path to success. So far, it seems like everything is going well.
“Practicing with Mario gives me a veteran ABL legend who knows how to control the tempo,” Goldstein says of his Indonesia National Team backcourt partner. “I’ve been learning a lot on controlling the pace from watching him and which passes would be better passes.”
“Duke and Brian…. monsters.” Goldstein adds about the World Import combination that the Knights have signed. “Exceptional athletes that work hard and push others to become better players. Amazing guys on and off the court. Both are considered leaders on this team!”
“It’s just different being in a ‘brotherhood’ bond with these guys and everyone is willing to learn from their mistakes.”
In his third season with his third team in the ABL, Freddie Goldstein really wants it.
“I think fans will see someone determined to win and determined to do whatever is asked of me on both sides of the floor.”
“Maybe a little flashiness.” Goldstein sheepishly adds.
“I’m looking forward to playing all teams. Sort of have a chip on my shoulder with a little point to prove!”
He really wants to show everyone what he’s made of and what he can do.
He’s up for the challenge, but will the other teams be up to try and stop him?