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King Ware unamused by NBL role reversal

Sydney Kings star Casper Ware is casting aside fond memories of his former club Melbourne United ahead of their blockbuster NBL semi-final series.

Twelve months ago, the American import was United's top-scorer (22 and 30 points) in both games as they swept the Kings 2-0 in the same round.

Now, in a case of history repeating, the ladder-topping Kings will again square off with United for a finals berth - except this time they have Ware in their corner.

The ex-Philadelphia 76ers guard could be forgiven for having a chuckle about the quirky role reversal, but he doesn't consider it a laughing the matter with a shot at the title on the line.

"It's not funny at all," Ware, a 2018 champion with United, told AAP.

"I want to beat them. It's serious.

"You always have good memories no matter what after winning a championship.

"But once I step out on the court, all that's out the window. I don't care what we did then, or who you are, I'm going to go at you and try to win this game."

Ware was his dominant self in his first season with the Kings, averaging almost 20 points to earn All NBL second-team honours and propel his new side to a franchise-record 20 wins from 28 games.

But despite only arriving in Sydney mere months ago, the sharpshooter swears he feels like he's part of the furniture.

"These guys took me in so quick - Brad (Newley), Kevin (Lisch), Bogues (Andrew Bogut), the vets that were already here," Ware said.

"It feels like I've been here for two or three years."

The Kings insist they aren't feeling the heat as overwhelming favourites against United after becoming the first team in NBL history to top the table for the entire regular season.

"There's no pressure," Ware said.

"Top of the ladder doesn't mean anything. It means home court and that's it."

First-year head coach Will Weaver echoed Ware's view and credited his acquisition for the Kings being five wins away from a first championship in 15 years.

"No one came here shying away from expectations, least of all me," Weaver told AAP.

"Taking Melbourne's best player in Casper, making him fully, truly one of us, started it off.

"That's not the kind of thing you do if you're trying to finish third or fourth and be the little engine that could."

Ware expects United, who scraped into fourth with a clutch final-round win over South East Melbourne Phoenix, to throw the Kings a different look after beating them in three of their four meetings this season.

"They're going to come out with a different hunger about them," he said.

"They'll probably switch up some things, we'll probably switch up some things.

"It's not going to be the same as the regular season."

Game one of the best-of-three series tips off on Saturday night at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena.