Aussie Boomers star Aron Baynes made his return to basketball last night, suiting up for the Brisbane Bullets in what was his first professional game in over a year.
The former NBA player suffered a freak injury in 2021 during the Tokyo Olympics, with an off-court fall causing internal bleeding that put pressure on Baynes’ spinal cord.
The centre was then rendered briefly paralysed and unable to walk, spending two months in a Japanese hospital before being able to return home to Japan.
Now back in good health, Baynes returned to the court in an NBL pre-season game, dominating with 14 points and six rebounds in just 13 minutes as the Bullets defeated the New Zealand Breakers.
Speaking on SENQ Mornings, Baynes was thrilled to be back playing the game he loves.
“Mate I’m happy, just a kid in a candy store, running around and enjoying it,” he said.